July Doosan comes from behind…novice coach ‘Ki Saline’

바카라사이트Nine straight wins in July…four come-from-behind victories

A solid pitching staff and a strong batting line-up
Park Jun-young, a free agent compensation player
Leading the ‘flipping show’ with a fire bat

Tied for the longest winning streak in his first year at Doosan

Lee Seung-yeop in his first season as manager
Shoulder to shoulder with ‘legends’ Kim Young-duk and Kim Sung-geun
Two more wins and ‘new history’ for the club

Baseball’s Doosan has forgotten how to lose. The team’s near-perfect two-hit performance was followed by a late rally. Doosan extended its winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 victory over Incheon SSG on the 12th. They won all nine games they played in July. They are just one step away from tying the team record for the longest winning streak. Doosan won 10 games in a row from 6-16 June 2018 when former coach Kim Tae-hyung led the team. The team also had a 10-game winning streak in 2000 under former coach Kim In-sung. An 11-game winning streak has yet to be achieved since the club’s inception. Two more wins would set a new record.

Lee Seung-yup

Lee tied the record for the longest winning streak by a Doosan manager in his first year. In OB, Doosan’s predecessor, former managers Kim Young-duk and Kim Sung-geun won nine straight games in their first year in charge in 1982 and 1984.

During the nine-game winning streak, Doosan led the league in most pitching categories. Their 1.76 team ERA and 0.820 team OPS lead the league. The pitchers are pitching well and the bats are hitting. And the defence has been solid. The team hasn’t committed an error in 13 consecutive games. Before that, Doosan had 47 errors in 66 games. They were one of the most defensively shaky teams in the league.

As their momentum has increased, they’ve solidified their backline. Even if they concede first, they don’t lose. During their nine-game winning streak, they have come from behind four times.

Park Jun-young

The win against SSG on the 12th was also a come-from-behind victory. Starter Brandon Waddell (registered name Brandon) gave up a leadoff homer to Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning, but Park hit a two-run double with runners on first and second in the top of the seventh. Back-to-back singles by the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters created the opportunity, and the No. 9 hitter came through. Park, who was acquired as compensation for free agent Park Se-hyuk after last season, has been swinging the bat since joining the first team on the 7th after being delayed due to injury rehabilitation. He is the epitome of a ‘family man’.

Doosan players celebrate after their 4-1 win over SSG on Wednesday, their ninth consecutive victory. Yonhap

Doosan took the lead in the eighth inning with a run-scoring homer by Yang Ji-won and added a run in the top of the ninth on an error. Starter Brandon gave up a leadoff home run in the first inning, but pitched six innings of one-run ball. In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, Kim Myung-shin, Chung Chul-won and Hong Gun-hee took over and kept the game scoreless. In the final inning, Hong Gun-hee faced three hits and had the bases loaded, but struck out Kim Min-sik and Han Yu-seom to preserve the win.

Doosan has been on an upward trajectory since winning back-to-back games against Samsung on the 4th and 5th. On the 4th, they scored three runs in the first inning, but did not give up another run to win 5-3. On the 5th, they gave up two runs in the first inning, but the bats came alive to win 7-4.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the winning streak for Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop is that the team is coming from behind like never before. “It’s a performance that we didn’t have until June,” he said, referring to the recent come-from-behind victory over Samsung Electronics.

According to Lee, Doosan used to be a team that would concede a goal and then go on to lose the game. In the 33 games in which they conceded first, they went 7-1-1, 25-0, and had a winning percentage of 0.219. But in July, the pitching staff settled down and the bats came alive, turning the tide.

The July surge has raised expectations for the second half of the season. As of the 13th, Doosan is in third place with 42 wins, 1 loss and 36 ties. They are four games behind second-place SSG. There’s still a long way to go, but the recent surge is scary.

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