‘First Monday game of the season + 2 straight wins’ Doosan locks in Soo-Bin Jung, Rojas as tablesetters

The Doosan Bears, who are in the midst of a ‘nine-game road trip,’ will try to win two straight games in Busan.안전놀이터

Doosan will play its 13th game of the season against the Lotte Giants of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on Thursday at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan. Raul Alcantara will start against Park Se-woong.

Looking to continue their momentum from the previous day, Doosan lined up in the following order: Jung Soo-bin (center field), Jose Rojas (left field), Yang Seok-hwan (first base), Yang Ji (catcher), Kim Jae-hwan (designated hitter), Kim In-tae (right field), Heo Kyung-min (third base), Park Kye-beom (shortstop), and Lee Yoo-chan (second base).

Doosan, which used the Kim Tae-geun-Kim Jae-ho tablesetter against left-hander Charlie Barnes in Game 3, made changes in both the first and second innings. As usual, Jeong Soo-bin took over the leadoff spot and Rojas batted second in place of Kim Jae-ho, who was removed from the starting lineup.

With Rojas playing left field defense, Kim Jae-hwan was named to the lineup as the designated hitter, while Kim In-tae got his first start in 11 days against the Gochuk Kiwoom Heroes on March 24. Lee formed a keystone combination with Park Kye-beom.

Alcantara is 11-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 games and 152⅓ innings pitched this season, leading the league in ERA. Against Lotte, he is 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings pitched in three games.

Looking to avenge their 0-2 loss the day before, Lotte lined up in the following order: Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder), Lee Jeong-hoon (designated hitter), Ahn Chi-hong (second baseman), Jeon Jun-woo (left fielder), Jeong-hoon (first baseman), Nico Goodrum (third baseman), Jung Geun-geun (catcher), Noh Jin-hyuk (shortstop), and Kim Min-seok (center fielder).

Lee Jeong-hoon batted second, with Park Se-woong and Jung Jung-geun batting together. In place of Ahn Kwon-soo, who started the previous day and went 0-for-2, “resignation idol” Kim Min-seok will start in the ninth spot and center field.

Park, who hasn’t won a start in two straight games, is 5-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 22 games and 125 innings pitched this season. In his one start against Doosan, he earned a Quality Start Plus with seven innings of four-hit ball, three walks and six strikeouts.

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