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The NC Dinos are continuing their advance in the fall by winning the first game of the semi-PO, overcoming the bad news of an injury to their all-time press ace, Peddie.안전놀이터

NC defeated last year’s unified champion SSG Landers and took the first game of the semi-playoffs (semi-PO, 3 wins out of 5) in the enemy’s territory. Until last year, in the semi-PO, which was played with a 3-win system out of 5, the team that won the first game had a 71% (10 out of 14) chance of advancing to the playoffs.

In the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason Semi-PO held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on October 22nd with a 10,000-won crowd (22,500 people), NC took the lead with pinch hitter Kim Seong-wook’s thunderous first-clinching two-run home run in the 8th inning. They defeated SSG 4-3.

The early part of the game was tense due to the struggles of both teams’ starters. The pitching battle between Roenis Elias (SSG) and Shin Min-hyuk (NC) decorated Incheon Munhak Stadium. Elias, who made his first start in six days after pitching against the Doosan Bears on October 16th, allowing 1 run in 7 innings with fine pitching and fast balls, hit 10 batters in a row before giving up a right-handed hit to Park Min-woo after one out in the 4th inning. While cooking, he completely blocked the NC batting lineup. Shin Min-hyuk wasn’t as good as Elias, but he pitched 5⅔ innings without allowing a run. Above all, his excellent crisis management skills stood out.

The tight balance of 0 was broken only in the top of the 8th inning. Seo Ho-cheol, the hero of the last semi-PO, reached base with an infield hit from shortstop against Elias, who was on a streak of 11 batters in a row. When Seo Ho-cheol was caught at second base during Kim Hyeong-jun’s sending bunt and was about to throw away the chance, NC coach Kang In-kwon’s pinch-hitting card was horribly successful.

In the first game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason Semi-PO held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on October 22nd with a 10,000-won crowd (22,500 people), NC took the lead with pinch hitter Kim Seong-wook’s thunderous first-clinching two-run home run in the 8th inning. They defeated SSG 4-3.

Kim Seong-wook, who came to the plate in place of Oh Young-soo, scooped up Elias’ first-pitch changeup and hit a two-run home run that flew 120 meters beyond the left-center wall, heating up the atmosphere at Incheon Munhak Stadium. It was the moment when the flow completely shifted towards NC. After the game, Kim Seong-wook was selected as the Daily Best Player (MVP) and received a prize of 1 million won.

SSG coach Kim Won-hyung also responded with a pinch-hitting card after the offense and defense shift. Choo Shin-soo, who targeted NC’s third relief pitcher, right-hander Jin-wook Ryu, opened the chase with a hit to right. Choi Joo-hwan, who appeared as Oh Tae-gon’s pinch hitter, hit a clean midfielder, and SSG had the opportunity to tie the game with one out and second and third bases thanks to Park Seong-han’s sent bunt. However, Choi Jeong’s batted ball went straight toward the left fielder and only added one point.

NC, which escaped the crisis, added one point in the top of the 9th inning with a hit to right and a sacrifice bunt by leadoff leader Park Min-woo, and a timely hit by Martin at third base with one out thanks to Park Min-woo’s surprise steal of third base. Martin stole second base during the follow-up batter’s at-bat and then hit home when Seo Ho-cheol hit to right.

SSG went up 3-4 against closer Lee Yong-chan with Han Yu-seom’s right-handed hit and Ha Jae-hoon’s two-run home run to the left, but was unable to score any more points.

Meanwhile, Coach Kang In-kwon is keeping a tight lid on Peddie’s condition before the game. Even in such a situation, NC took an even more advantageous position by winning the first game on the road. The second semi-PO match between the two teams will be held at the same location on October 23rd at 6:30 PM. The starting pitchers for both teams are Gwang-Hyun Kim (SSG) and Myung-Ki Song (NC).

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