The Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), who have been hitting hot in August, swept the LG Twins for the second straight day to secure a sweep (at least two wins in a three-game series).Samsung won a 6-3 home game against LG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Friday at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South 스포츠토토링크 Korea, behind a batting lineup that pounded out 12 hits and a strong performance from starter Baek Jung-hyun.It was the second straight come-from-behind win for Samsung, which had beaten LG 5-4 the day before, to take the first two games of its three-game homestand.It was the first time in 826 days since May 1, 2021 that Samsung secured a winning series against LG.Last-place Samsung, which improved to 39 wins, 54 losses and one tie (0.419 winning percentage), erased the gap between itself and the ninth-place Kiwoom Heroes (41 wins, 56 losses and three ties – 0.423 winning percentage), who also lost the game.After giving up two runs to LG in the top of the first inning, Samsung answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning on a triple by leadoff hitter Kim Hyun-jun and a sacrifice fly by Kim Sung-yoon.In the third inning, with runners on first and second, Koo tied the game with an RBI double and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryu Ji-hyuk to make it 3-2.With his game-winning double, Koo became the 64th player in KBO history to reach 2,000 RBIs and the 53rd to reach 250 RBIs.After LG tied the game in the top of the fourth with Austin Dean’s 13th solo shot of the season, Samsung regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with Lee Jae-hyun’s eighth home run of the season.In the fifth, Ryu Ji-hyuk’s RBI single and a double steal with runners on first and third made it 6-3.Samsung turned to its bullpen in the seventh inning, with Woo Kyu-min, Lee Jae-ik, and Oh Seung-hwan each pitching one scoreless inning to preserve the win.Samsung starter Baek Jeong-hyun earned his sixth win of the season (5-0), allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits (one home run) with one strikeout in six innings.Meanwhile, ahead of the game, a post threatened to stage a “weapon rampage” at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, prompting the deployment of riot police, commandos, and local police.The fourth-place Doosan Bears and NC Dinos moved up the leaderboard by one spot to tie for third place.Doosan won 7-4 against the KT WIZ at Jamsil Stadium behind a seven-inning, four-hit shutout by starter Brandon Waddell, who struck out eight and walked none, and the firepower of its bats.Doosan, which had lost to KT the day before and dropped to third place, won 47 games, lost 43 and tied one, dropping KT to fifth place and moving into a tie for third placewith NC.Doosan took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring one run on back-to-back doubles by Jung Soo-bin and Kim Jae-ho and two runs on two opposing fielding errors.Doosan scored a run in the second inning on Jung Soo-bin’s triple and another in the fourth on a wild pitch, before Yang Seok-hwan hit his 16th two-run homer of the season in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-0.KT scored four runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Anthony Alford, a sacrifice fly by Moon Sang-chul and a two-run homer by Hwang Jae-gyun, but could get no closer, ending the seven-game winning streak.In Changwon, NC defeated the Kiwoom Heroes for the second straight day, 4-3, to extend their winning streak to three games.NC opened the scoring in the first inning against Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young as Park Min-woo doubled and Seo Ho-cheol singled to put runners on first and third with no outs, followed by Park Gun-woo’s infield single.With runners on first and second, Kwon Hee-dong hit a two-run double to left-center field to make it 3-0.Kiwoom answered back in the third, with Kim Jun-wan leading off with a double, followed by Kim Hye-sung’s RBI single and Ronnie Dawson’s tying two-run homer, his third of the season.It was Kim Sung-wook’s single that broke the tense pitching battle that ensued.In the eighth inning, Kim hit a solo shot off Kiwoom’s fourth pitcher, Kim Sung-jin, to give his team the win.Ninth-ranked Kiwoom lost its seventh straight game and is in danger of falling to the bottom of the standings.In Gwangju, the home team KIA Tigers extended their winning streak to three games with a 9-3 victory over the Hanwha Eagles.Sixth-place KIA, which improved to 44 wins, 43 losses, and one tie, turned its win-loss margin into a positive one for the first time in 77 days since May 20.KIA scored four runs in the first inning on three consecutive singles by Kim Do-young, Na Sung-beom and Kim Sun-bin and a sacrifice fly by Lee Woo-sung to pound Hanwha starter Han Seung-hyuk.Hanwha cut the deficit to one run in the second inning on Oh Sun-jin’s RBI double and Choi Jae-hoon’s 스포츠토토링크 RBI double in the top of the seventh.KIA then scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good.KIA starter Thomas Pannoni earned his second win of the season with a strong outing of 6⅔ innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.The offense backed him up with effective hitting, scoring nine runs on 11 hits.

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