The Hanwha Eagles scored five runs on just two hits to beat the NC Dinos, who were held scoreless on eight hits.
Hanwha won the NC game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League 5-0 on Sunday at NC Park in Changwon.
With their 16th win of the season, Hanwha remained tied for ninth place with KT Wiz (16-2, 26-2). They narrowed the gap to 0.5 games with the eighth-place Kiwoom Heroes (19W29L), who have lost four straight, boosting their hopes of escaping the bottom half of the standings.
The star of Hanwha’s victory was starting pitcher Felix Peña, who tossed six shutout innings. The offense was also able to score runs when they needed to.
The day before, Hanwha was scoreless until the fourth inning. They didn’t even manage a single hit against NC starter Lee Jae-hak.
However, things turned in Hanwha’s favor after the middle of the game.
In the fifth inning, Lee Do-yoon 메이저사이트 got the team’s first hit after leadoff hitter Oh Sun-jin walked. Lee, who had pitched a 10-inning no-hitter against the Samsung Lions on April 21, was hit by his first pitch of the season.
Hanwha then had runners on first and second with no outs when Lee tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which shook up the NC infield. First baseman Do Tae-hoon, who caught the bunt, threw to third, but it was safe, and shortstop Kim Joo-won’s throw back to first went wide.
Jang Jin-hyuk, who was safe at third base, took advantage of the gap and raced home to give Hanwha the lead.
With runners on second and third, Moon Hyun-bin hit a two-run single to center field to give Hanwha a 3-0 lead.
In the eighth inning, the team scored two runs without a hit. Jung Eun-won and Chae Eun-sung drew back-to-back walks before Kim In-hwan’s sacrifice fly put runners on first and third.
Noh Si-hwan then hit a shallow grounder to the third baseman that Jung Eun-won, who was at third base, used her quick feet to dig home.
It looked like it would be an out due to the timing, but Jung Eun-won deftly avoided Park Se-hyuk’s tag and was ultimately ruled safe after video review. The official score was a fielder’s choice by third baseman Seo Ho-chul.
Choi Jae-hoon then walked and Jang Jin-hyuk hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
Hanwha was batting .220 as a team before this game, the lowest among the 10 clubs. In the 26th game, they didn’t score a run on eight hits. But a day later, they scored five runs on two hits. With quick feet, accurate execution, and a little bit of luck, he’s shown that he can win with fewer hits.