The Lotte Giants have turned their fortunes around after a tough five-game stretch.

The Giants defeated the Doosan Bears 9-1 on April 27 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. The Giants were led by a seven-inning, one-hit shutout from starter Charlie Barnes and three hits apiece from Jun-woo Jeon and Chi-hong Ahn.

Lotte opened the first midweek three-game set of the second half with a dominant series (three wins or more than two games to one). On the previous day (26), they put the brakes on a franchise-record 11-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory over Doosan.

It’s been 53 days since Lotte won a dominant three-game series against the KIA Tigers on June 2-4. That’s a long time, even considering that the series was rained out and only one or two games were played, and the All-Star break was included.

At the time of their most recent dominant series, June 2-4 against KIA, Lotte was in third place. But from the next day on, they lost far more games than they won. Their winning percentage and ranking gradually dropped. From June 5 to last weekend’s three-game series against the Kiwoom Heroes, they went 10-22 with a .313 winning percentage. Lotte, which had been battling for the top spot with the LG Twins and SSG Landers until early June, dropped to the middle of the pack and is no longer guaranteed to make the postseason.

Ahn Kwon-soo, Noh Jin-hyuk, and Choi Jun-yong left the team due to injuries and poor performance, while foreign players also struggled. Team infighting also occurred. The coaching staff changed.

Lotte, which is returning to fall baseball for the first time in six years, set out to change the atmosphere around the All-Star break. It exhausted both of its foreign player replacement cards. A club official said, “We need a rebound after the All-Star break. It’s time to make a splash.”

Lotte put the brakes on its winning streak in July against Dusan, the team with the highest winning percentage, and turned the tide. They started the second half of the season with a dominant series, setting the stage for a big August comeback.

Captain Ahn Chi-hong said, “Aaron Wilkerson got the win in his first KBO start yesterday (April 26). I think that momentum carried over to Barnes,” he said. “Yesterday and today, the two foreign pitchers pitched as expected, so I think our bats will be able to continue the good trend in the future.” “The team was a little down after the back-to-back losses last weekend, but I think the winning streak has given us a little more confidence,” said Jeon Jun-woo.온라인바카라

“We want to carry the good vibes into our weekend trip to Gwangju (against the KIA Tigers),” said Lotte manager Larry Sutton.

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