An errant call that ruined the game…KT coach Lee Kang-chul
A last-minute error raised eyebrows in the third game of the KBO Korean Series (KS) on Tuesday, when the LG Twins pulled off a thrilling 8-7 comeback victory thanks to Oh Ji-hwan’s two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning.
KT, which trailed 7-8 in the top of the ninth in the game at Katie Weeds Park in Suwon, brought in Kim Jun-tae with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
On a two-ball, one-strike count, Kim Jun-tae was stopped in his tracks by a fastball from LG pitcher Ko Woo-seok.
Unsure if it was a swing or not, Jeon asked umpire Choi Won-su, who was standing at third base, to check.
If it was, the ball count would be two balls and two strikes, but if it wasn’t, it would be three balls and one strike.
At such a crucial moment, umpire Choi paused for a moment, as if he hadn’t seen it properly, before calling it a swing.
According to the slowed-down version of the KBS broadcast, Kim Jun-tae realized it was a ball and stopped his bat completely.
Even the umpire who made the call wasn’t sure if his call was correct.
KT manager Lee Kang-cheol immediately stormed off the bench.
After protesting the call directly to umpire Choi, Lee was ordered to leave the game.
It was the third managerial ejection in the history of the Korean Series.
In the end, Choi’s call did not directly affect the outcome of the game.
Kim Jun-tae was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base.
KT had a chance to load the bases, but Kim Sang-soo’s single ended the game.
Even if it didn’t affect the outcome of the game, it shouldn’t have happened in the Korean Series, where only veteran umpires are assigned to improve the accuracy of calls.
Even after the game, Lee looked puzzled.
“I made a mistake, so I should have been sent off,” he said sarcastically in a postgame interview.
“We played a good game, but the luck went to them (LG),” Lee said.
If there was any consolation for KT, it was the return of the silent Park Byung-ho and Anthony Alford.
Park went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Alford also went 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored.
“The bats tend to come alive, so we will prepare well tomorrow,” Lee said.
As for Lee Sang-dong, who pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, Lee ended the interview by stating that he will use him as the closer for the rest of the series. 먹튀검증