LG starter Lee Min-ho suffered an absurd episode in the game between LG-SSG of the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the afternoon of the 18th. LG got off to a good start in the top of the first inning. In the top of the first inning, leadoff hitter Hong Chang-ki got on base with a hit in front of left field against SSG Font, and Chae Eun-sung’s timely hit took a 1-0 lead. In the top of the first inning, Oh Ji-hwan hit Font’s 151km fastball and hit a two-run home run to right-center. It was a clear lead in the first and second place showdown.
In the bottom of the first inning, SSG leadoff hitter Choo Shin-soo made a chance with a double over right fielder Hong Chang-ki. In the second base chance with no outs, Jihoon Choi’s bunt ball flowed between the pitcher and the first baseman. After pitching, Lee Min-ho’s spike, which was heading toward first base for defense, caused a big dent in the grass. LG’s Lee Min-ho appealed to the referee, and Kwon Young-chul, the second baseman, who was looking at the ground, lifted the dug grass, put it back in place, and jumped to fix the grass. 스포츠토토킹
Lee Min-ho checked the grass area again and continued the game. Lee Min-ho was on the verge of first and third base with no outs, but he passed the inning without losing a point by blocking follow-up hitter Choi Jung with a ground ball to first base, Han Yu-seom with a fly ball, and Jeon Ui-san’s deep hit to center field with Park Hae-min’s super catch. LG won 8-4 against No. 1 SSG with Oh Ji-hwan’s two-run shot, Moon Sung-joo’s solo shot, Garcia’s consecutive at-bats home run, and starter Lee Min-ho’s LG Lee Min-ho’s one run in 6.2 innings.
LG, which won three consecutive games with an 8-4 victory over No. 1 SSG, remained in second place, while the gap with No. 1 SSG narrowed to seven games from the previous eight games. Before the game, LG manager Ryu Ji-hyun expressed his willingness to chase the lead, saying, “It is not close to the No. 1 SSG, but the fastest way to reduce it is to win the showdown.”