What decided the winner was fighting spirit… NC advances to PO with 3 wins and no losses

A runner who reached base on a pitch at 141 km/h extended his left arm after being hit by the ball and swept the home plate. The pitcher, who was hit directly on the back of his hand by a line drive, raised his head and looked for the ball.

Professional baseball’s NC Dinos confirmed their advance to the playoffs (PO). Although the ace did not appear on the mound and there were many injuries during the game, it could not stop the players’ persistence.

NC defeated SSG Landers 7-6 in the third game of the semi-playoffs held at NC Park in Changwon on the 25th. NC, which had accumulated two wins in the enemy territory of Incheon, advanced to the PO where KT Wiz was waiting with three wins and no losses.

Both teams’ starting pitchers were shaky from the beginning. SSG Oh Won-seok gave up 5 runs each in 1⅓ innings, and NC Tanner Turley gave up 5 runs in 2 innings. Cannons were also exchanged. SSG, which was behind 1 to 3, turned the tables with Choi Jeong’s grand slam in the top of the second inning, and NC regained the lead with Jason Martin’s three-pointer in the bottom of the second inning.

What decided the game was not home runs but fighting spirit. SSG was also persistent, but NC’s concentration was superior. The will to go to Suwon was evident in each play. This was the process in which they managed to score 3 points with 3 hits in a row when the flow was on the verge of being interrupted by a double play in the 1st inning. In the second inning, first baseman Do Tae-hoon was hit by a ball on his left forearm, but he started the comeback with a head-first slide on a timely follow-up hit.

It was the same when it came to defense. Lee Jae-hak, who came on the mound in relief of Tanner, was hit directly on his right hand by Oh Tae-gon’s bullet-like batted ball in the 5th inning. Although he stumbled in pain, he caught the ball that fell near the mound and only after throwing to first base did he grasp his injured hand. The home fans who filled the first base area chanted Lee Jae-hak’s name as he headed toward the dugout.안전놀이터

Pil Seung-jo, who had been on the mound without missing a single game since the wild card game, broke SSG’s will to chase. The fielders also helped. The keystone combination of first basemen Oh Young-soo and Kim Joo-won and Park Min-woo, who were changed in the 7th inning, continued to work together to cover the defense. The finishing touch was Yongchan Lee’s responsibility. He showed signs of instability in the postseason, but on this day, he shut out the top of the 9th inning with three batters, Jae-Hoon Ha, Seong-Han Park, and Seong-Hyun Kim, and earned a thrilling one-run save. The Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) went to left-hander Kim Young-gyu, who had 1 win and 2 holds with no runs in 3⅔ innings in 3 games.

With this victory, NC caused an upset by defeating Doosan Bears and SSG without ace Eric Peddie. It is encouraging that the team advanced to the playoffs with the shortest amount of games despite not having full strength, giving the existing players time to recover their stamina. Moreover, there is a high possibility that even Pedi will return on the PO stage. The first round of the playoffs between KT and NC will be held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 30th.

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