The NC Dinos continued their six-game winning streak in fall baseball in 2023 and took another step toward qualifying for the Korean Series (KS).
The Dinos held off a late rally by the KT Wiz to win 3-2 in the second game of the KBO Playoffs (PO) at the Shinhan Bank SOL Baseball 2023 at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon on Oct. 31.
NC, which swept the first and second games of the best-of-five PO, will return to the KS stage for the first time in three years following 2020, when it won the overall title with one more win.
There have been 17 times in the history of best-of-five POs where a team has won both the first and second games, punching their ticket to KS 15 times (88.2%).
NC also set a pleasant record.
They won nine straight postseason (PS) games from Game 4 of the 2020 KS to Game 2 of this year’s PO, tying the KBO’s longest PS winning streak, which the Hattae Tigers achieved from Game 4 of the 1987 PO to Game 3 of the 1988 KS.
With a win in Game 3 of the PO at Changwon NC Park on November 2, 카지노사이트 NC will become the first team in the KBO to win 10 consecutive PS games.
NC, which finished the regular season in fourth place and reached the PO through the wild-card deciding game (1 win) and semi-playoffs (3 wins), extended its single-season PS winning streak to six games with wins in Games 1 and 2 of the PO.
The record for the longest single PS winning streak is the Hyundai Unicorns’ 7-game winning streak from PO Game 1 to KS Game 3 in 2000. NC is one win shy of that record as well.
The key to the PO Game 2 victory was NC starter Shin Min-hyuk.
He pitched 6⅓ innings of one-hit ball with one strikeout and no walks.
NC struck first in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run to left field by Park Gun-woo.
In the top of the third, leadoff hitter Kim Joo-won singled and the next batter, Son Asub, threw a grounder that KT first baseman Park Byung-ho misplayed.
After being shut out by Shin Min-hyuk, KT scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to center field by pinch-hitter Oh Yoon-seok and a single up the middle by Kim Sang-soo, and had runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth.
However, Moon Sang-chul and pinch-hitter Kim Jun-tae struck out.
Lee Yong-chan skipped his assignment and faced Oh Yoon-seok with the bases loaded. NC shortstop Kim Joo-won flew out to catch the ball, sealing the victory for NC. 바카라사이트