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Game 3 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Korean Series between LG and KT will be held at Suwon KT Wiz Park at 6:30 pm on the 10th. Both teams shared one win each in the first and second games held in Jamsil. In the past Korean Series, the team that won Game 3 after 1 win and 1 loss (including a draw) won the championship in 85% of cases (17 out of 20 times). Although it is only a probability, we can confirm the importance of the third game in the battle of one advance and one retreat.
The point to watch in Game 3 is ‘one long shot’. In the previous games 1 and 2, there was mixed joy and sorrow over a long hit late in the game. In the first game held on the 7th, in the top of the 9th inning, with the score tied 2-2, with 2 outs and runners on first base, KT Moon Sang-cheol hit a large double hitting the left fence of Jamsil Stadium. I hit the final mark. Then, in Game 2 on the 8th, LG Park Dong-won decided the game with a huge two-run home run that crossed the left-center wall in the bottom of the 8th inning with one out and runners on second base when the team was down 3-4.
KT Wiz Park, where the third game will be held, is smaller than Jamsil Stadium (100m left and right fences, 125m center fence). At KT Wiz Park, the distance from home plate to the left and right fences is 98m. Also, it is 120m to the center fence. Among the 10 teams' stadiums, the distance to the left and right fences is the third closest, following Incheon SSG Landers Park and Sajik Stadium (95m), and the distance to the center fence is the shortest in the league, along with Incheon SSG Landers Park. It is a completely different environment from Jamsil Stadium, where the first and second games took place.
Naturally, attention is focused on the central hitters on both teams who have the ability to hit long shots. For LG, Moon Seong-joo showed the most outstanding performance with a batting average of 0.400 (12 hits in 30 at-bats) in the eight games played away to Suwon. Following this, Kim Hyun-soo (0.375), Oh Ji-hwan (0.371), and Moon Bo-kyung (0.364) also left batting averages over .300 in Suwon. Among them, Moon Bo-kyung hit two home runs, and Oh Ji-hwan and Park Dong-won hit one home run each.
In KT, which uses KT Wiz Park as its home stadium, Hwang Jae-gyun had the highest batting average of 0.359. Following this, Anthony Alford (0.312) and Byung-ho Park (0.301) maintained a batting average of .300. Alford and Park Byung-ho hit 9 home runs, the most in Suwon. However, in games 1 and 2 combined, Alford and Byung-ho Park performed poorly with no hits in six at-bats and no hits in eight at-bats, respectively.
The starting pitcher for Game 3, who will determine the fate of both teams, is also attracting attention. LG announced Lim Chan-gyu and KT announced Benjamin. LG mobilized all seven bullpen pitchers in the second game and won. Although he took a day off on the 9th, Lim Chan-gyu must stay on the mound for as long as possible. Lim Chan-gyu has established himself as LG's key starting pitcher this year. His regular league record was 14 wins, 3 losses, 1 hold, and an average ERA of 3.43. However, Chan-gyu Lim performed poorly against KT this year with 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 hold in 4 games, with an ERA of 6.61.
Left-handed pitcher Benjamin is KT's sure-to-win card. Benjamin left with 15 wins, 6 losses, and an average ERA of 3.54 in 29 regular season games. Benjamin takes the mound five days after taking the mound in Game 5 of the playoffs against NC on the 5th. Benjamin was very strong against LG. This year's performance against LG is 4 wins, 0 losses, and an average ERA of 0.84 in 5 appearances.
Friday, November 10, 2023