I took a breather. The best pitcher in the game pitches again. A must-win game. But the bats are still shaky. No runs at all.
KT Wiz’s offense didn’t break through in the third inning either. They won 3-0 with a two-run homer by Choi Jae-dae and a solo shot by Moon Sang-chul, but if it wasn’t for the home run, they wouldn’t have scored. Throughout the playoffs, KT failed to capitalize on their chances. Just like SSG Landers in the semi-finals, where they missed a ton of chances and fell to their knees in the NC, KT also had a strange lack of hits in their chances.
KT scored 5-9 in Game 1, 2-3 in Game 2 and 3-0 in Game 3. They scored a total of 10 runs. The first five runs came from Moon Sang-cheol’s solo shot and Choi Byeong-dae’s RBI single, while the second came from Oh Yoon-seok’s sacrifice fly and Kim Sang-soo’s RBI single. In the third game, it was a two-run shot by Bae Byeong-dae and a solo shot by Moon Sang-chul. Of these, the only two hits in scoring position were a grand slam and an RBI single by Kim Sang-soo. Until the third inning, KT had 19 hits in 23 at-bats, with a batting average of 1-for-5.
In the third inning, they were 6-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The game would have been a tough one if it weren’t for the pitching of Ko Young-pyo, Son Dong-hyun, Park Young-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon on the mound. On the flip side, it could be said that NC’s pitchers showed great concentration and crisis management skills in crunch time.
The problem is the center fielders. Alford, batting third, has yet to get a hit. He’s 0-for-8 in 11 at-bats. He’s drawn three walks, but he’s also struck out five times.
With runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 2, he struck out swinging against Yoo, and with runners on first and third in the top of the ninth, he struck out swinging against NC starter Tanner. Both times, a hit would have put KT in a position to win the game.
It wasn’t like that in last year’s postseason. He went 2-for-3 in the wild-card game and 8-for-20 in the semifinals with one home run and three RBIs. His batting average in the postseason last year was a whopping .343. This year is not that Alford. 토토사이트
Byung-ho Park has also struggled. After batting 5-for-6 with one home run and three RBIs in the semifinals last year (19-for-10), Park is just 1-for-6 with two home runs in 12 at-bats this year. In Games 1 and 2, he had a double and a single in the bottom of the ninth inning, but in Game 3, after Alford struck out with runners on first and third in the bottom of the first inning, he walked Tanner and struck out again. In the third game, he went 0-for-4, including a grounder to third base with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning.
It may seem that NC’s batting is good because of the impact of Game 1, but if you actually look at the batting of KT and NC until Game 3, they are now similar.