The Doosan Bears are off to a bad start in their deadly eight-game series. Their rosy dreams of finishing as high as second place were shattered in the first game of the eight-game series. After being swept by the Lotte Giants, who confirmed their elimination from the fall baseball season, the Bears are now in a five-game haze. Lee Seung-yeop-ho is facing his biggest crisis just before the end of the regular season.
On Oct. 11, Doosan lost to the Sajik Lotte Giants 3-14. With their second straight loss, Doosan remained in fifth place in the league with 71 wins, two ties and 65 losses on the season.
On this day, Doosan sent Choi Won-jun to the mound to try to end the losing streak. Doosan got off to a good start in the top of the first inning as Jung Soo-bin singled, stole second base, and scored on Rojas’ RBI single to right.
However, starting pitcher Choi Won-jun got into trouble in the first inning. After giving up a single and a walk to Ahn Chi-hong and Jeon Jun-woo in the bottom of the first inning, Choi gave up a tying single to Jung Hoon.
The crisis continued. In the bottom of the second inning, Choi gave up a 115-meter home run to leadoff hitter Yoo Kang-nam. With two on and two out, Choi gave up a single to left field to Noh Jin-hyuk.
The Doosan bench promptly replaced Choi with Park Shin-ji. After getting through the bottom of the second inning without allowing another run, Park gave up a single and a double to Jung Hoon and Yoon Dong-hee, respectively, in the top of the third. With runners on second and third, Park gave up a double to right field to Kim Min-seok.
Kim In-tae’s RBI single in the top of the fourth inning gave Doosan the lead, but the game was out of reach in the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Doosan was down 2-8 when Park Shin-ji gave up four hits and two walks.
After that, Doosan was unable to prevent further runs. In the bottom of the sixth inning, after giving up a double to Yoo Kang-nam, Doosan fell behind 3-11 on a passed ball. The mound continued to give up more runs, and Doosan eventually lost 3-14.
Doosan was unable to shake off the aftermath of the game-ending push-ball loss against the KT WIZ in Suwon on Tuesday. After reliever Chung Chul-won faltered and gave up the game-winning run, the entire team’s mound collapsed in the loss.
Doosan had rosy dreams heading into the killer eight-game series, looking at a best-case scenario where a sweep would allow them to catch second-place KT. However, that dream has been shattered since the start of the eight-game series, and even top-five Soosung is now under threat.
On the same day that Doosan dropped its second straight game, the sixth-ranked KIA Tigers welcomed the Kiwoom Heroes home for an 11-0 sweep. Only two games separate fifth-place Doosan and sixth-place KIA. If KIA wins all four of its remaining games, Doosan will need to go at least 4-2 in its remaining six games to pull away. If they win three or fewer games, they will have to wait and see what happens with KIA.
In addition, Doosan will face off against the NC Dinos in Jamsil on the 12th, the KIA Tigers in Jamsil on the 13th, the LG Twins in Jamsil on the 14th and 15th, the SSG Landers in Jamsil on the 16th, and the SSG in Munhak on the 17th. LG, the ‘Jamsil rival’ that clinched the regular season title, also announced that it will send its full roster for the final two home games against Doosan. All of Doosan’s remaining games are on the line.메이저놀이터
The NC game on the 12th is a big watershed. If veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun, who was chosen as the ‘NC sniper card’, fails to perform, it could trigger a chain reaction. Kwak Bin, who is unlikely to be 100% due to a back sprain, and Raul Alcantara, who has a back sprain, are also variables. Brandon Waddell and Dong-Joo Kim could be on the mound this weekend against the LG Twins.
Speaking to reporters before the final eight-game series, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Fall baseball is the first goal in my first season as manager. I think we’re about 50 percent there.” However, Doosan has fallen into a vortex of chaos with two straight losses. If the team is shockingly eliminated from the best-of-five series after eight games, it will have a significant impact on manager Lee Seung-yeop. The biggest crisis for Lee came at the end of the regular season.