“The bullpen did a good job from Kim Bumsoo to Park Sang-won,” says manager Choi Won-ho on winning series against KIA

Hanwha turns things around with a winning series against KIA.

Hanwha won its 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO스포츠토토 League home game against KIA 4-3 on Friday at Daejeon’s Hanwha Life Eagles Park. With the 2-1 win in the three-game series, the ninth-ranked Hanwha improved to 15-25-3. It was the first winning series under manager Choi Won-ho.

Starter Moon Dong-ju was pulled after four innings (three runs) due to poor command of his pitches, but the bullpen of Kim Bum-soo (⅔ innings), Yoon Dae-kyung (1⅓ innings), Jung Woo-ram (1 inning), Kang Jae-min (1 inning), and Park Sang-won (1 inning) combined for five scoreless innings.

On the offensive side, catcher Park Sang-woon hit the game-winning RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and then made a stellar play on defense in the seventh inning when he threw out Park Chan-ho stealing third base with runners on first and second.

After the game, Hanwha head coach Choi Won-ho said, “The bullpen, starting with Kim Bum-soo and finishing with Park Sang-won, did a good job of protecting the game, so we were able to win.” “I would like to praise Park for stopping the stolen base and reporting the game-winning hit,” he said.

Hanwha will play a three-game series against NC in Changwon starting on the 26th. Starting the game on the 26th will be right-hander Kim Min-woo, who was hit in the right arm by a pitch, making his comeback 12 days after recovering from injury. NC will start Eric Peddy, who has been the best performing foreign pitcher this year.

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