TWINS RALLY TO BEAT WIZ, EVEN KOREAN SERIES AT 1-1

The LG Twins erased a 4-0 deficit to defeat the KT Wiz 5-4 in Game 2 of the Korean Series on Wednesday, evening up the best-of-seven showdown at one game apiece. Park Dong-won blasted a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete the stunning comeback at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. Seven relievers held the Wiz scoreless over the final eight frames after starter Choi Won-tae served up four in the opening inning. The best-of-seven series now shifts to the Wiz’s home, KT Wiz Park in Suwon, south of Seoul, for the next two games. Game 3 is 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Game 4 at 2 p.m. Saturday. For the second straight game, the Wiz scored first in the top of the first inning, and they did so in stunning fashion.

Twins starter Choi couldn’t locate the strike zone out of the gate, giving up two walks and a single against his first three batters. With the bases loaded, Choi got cleanup Park Byung-ho to hit a soft grounder to third baseman Moon Bo-gyeong, who forced out lead runner Kim Sang-su at home. But Choi couldn’t get over the next hump, as Jang Sung-woo lined a double to left field to cash in two runs.And just like that, Choi’s day was done, after he made only 20 pitches, 12 of them balls. Swingman Yi Jung-yong took over, but Bae Jung-dae promptly doubled the Wiz’s lead to 4-0 with a two-run single to left-center that silenced the heavily pro-Twins crowd at Jamsil. Choi was charged with four runs in 1/3 of an inning on two hits and two walks. Choi tied four other pitchers for the shortest start in Korean Series history.

The Twins tried to rally in the bottom first by putting runners at corners with two outs, before Oh Ji-hwan’s grounder to first ended that threat .They finally broke through in the bottom third, when cleanup Austin Dean delivered a two-out single to cut the deficit to 4-1.The Wiz failed to score after loading the bases with one out in the top fourth, and couldn’t cash in after putting two runners aboard in the top fifth .Those missed opportunities left the door open for the Twins, and Twins captain Oh Ji-hwan breathed some life into his team with a solo home run off Cuevas with one out in the bottom sixth, cutting the deficit to 4-2.The Twins put on even more pressure in the bottom seventh. With two outs, Park Hae-min drew a walk from reliever Son Dong-hyun, Then facing new pitcher Park Yeong-hyun, Kim Hyun-soo smoked a double down the right field line 스포츠토토존 to bring home Park Hae-min and make it a 4-3 game.

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