Baseball fans were paying keen attention to KIA’s nine-game winning streak. KIA swept three consecutive weekends with an 8-6 victory over the Incheon SSG Landers on the 3rd. Since August 13, 2021, he has won eight consecutive games in 751 days, beating the NC Dinos to move from fifth to fourth place.
KIA sought nine consecutive wins against Doosan in the first game of three consecutive games on weekdays. Although they were far inferior to Doosan with 3 wins and 7 losses in their opponent’s record this season, it was common to say that they were superior to Doosan in terms of pitching and batting balance and atmosphere in terms of recent gains.
In addition, unlike the failure to fight Doosan with 100% power due to injuries of key players such as Na Sung-bum and Kim Do-young in the first half, they were able to operate all of the best lineup on the day.
Doosan, ranked sixth against KIA, was in a somewhat depressed mood with a 3-4 loss against the Lotte Giants in Sajik the previous day. However, he had a slight advantage over KIA in the starting pitcher match-up.
Doosan was scheduled to start with veteran sidearm Choi Won-joon. He did not seem to be far behind in the mound fight than KIA, where Young-gun Hwang Dong-ha of the second year plays as a starting pitcher. 슬롯머신
However, the game could not be held as the quiet sky brought rain clouds to Jamsil Baseball Stadium from 6 p.m. The ground began to get wet just 30 minutes before the start of the game as thick raindrops poured down.
As soon as it rained, the home team Doosan installed a tarpaulin in the infield to prevent the deterioration of the ground condition, but the rain showed little sign of stopping. Even after 6:30 p.m., the start time of the game, the rain hardly narrowed.
As time passed, thicker raindrops soaked the Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The KBO game supervisor dispatched to the scene judged as carefully as possible considering the situation in which the spectators had already entered, but the result was rain cancellation.
Finally, the decision to cancel the rain was made at 6:50 p.m. The ground condition deteriorated significantly and it rained for more than 30 minutes immediately after the cancellation, making it impossible to proceed with the game normally. Even if it stopped raining, it would have taken more than an hour to maintain it inside and outside.
Doosan’s home team cheering seats on the first base and KIA’s away seats on the third base were all filled with spectators, but there was nothing we could do. Fans tried to move their feet back out of the baseball stadium, regretting the rain cancellation.
As much as the fans, the players are not happy to see Rain at all. KIA, which has already suffered 20 rain cancellations, the most among the 10 clubs, has tightened its already tight remaining schedule due to its 21st rain cancellation of the season.
Doosan is also not very happy to see the rain. Due to the rain cancellation against Sajik Lotte Giants on the 1st and 2nd, fatigue accumulated after the last day of the 3rd consecutive weekend, as well as Monday’s game on the 4th, but the remaining schedule in the second half is gradually accumulating due to the season’s 19th rain cancellation. Both teams will replace both starting pitchers on the 6th.
Doosan aims for 11 wins of the season against KIA by domestic ace Kwak Bin. Kwak Bin is recording 10 wins, 6 losses, and a 2.58 ERA in 19 games this season. In the match against the LG Twins on the 31st of last month, he won his first single-season double-digit win with three hits, five walks, one strikeout and no runs in six innings.
KIA’s foreign pitcher Thomas Panoni will also face Kwak Bin as a starter. Panoni failed to renew his contract with KIA after the end of last season, but he was re-invited as an alternative foreign player in July and has been playing in the KBO League for two consecutive years. He is doing his part with three wins, one loss, and a 3.18 ERA in eight games this season.
With both teams continuing their postseason hopes, KIA aims to return to autumn baseball for the first time in two years by entering the semifinals, while KIA is more than a playoff that allows them to play multiple home games in Gwangju. It remains to be seen what the rain, which suddenly soaked Jamsil, will bring to the two teams later.