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Eagles smash single-inning record

Apr 09,2019
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From top: A photo shows the scoreboard between the Hanwha Eagles and the Lotte Giants on Sunday. The Hanwha Eagles walk off the stadium after the game finishes at the end of the sixth inning. [YONHAP]
The Hanwha Eagles blasted apart the KBO records for the most runs, most RBIs and most hits in a single inning during a dramatic game against the Lotte Giants in Busan on Sunday.

The Eagles had a huge 16-1 win over the Giants on Sunday, taking a consolation win to end the weekend series 1-2 to the Giants.

It was the Giants that first took the lead at the bottom of the second inning by scoring a run.

However, things started to go wrong at the top of the third.

The third inning started with the Eagles’ seventh batter, Ji Seong-jun, at the plate. Ji would go on to bat twice more during the same inning, as the Eagles cycled through their line-up more than two times, ending with eighth batter Jang Jin-hyuk.

Giants’ starter Jang Si-hwan gave up six runs with no outs before being handed over to Yun Kil-hyoun. Yun stayed on the mound long enough to give up 10 runs for two outs before being pulled for Kim Kun-kuk, who closed the inning.

It wasn’t all the pitchers’ fault. The Giants’ defense also fell apart - of the 10 runs given up by Yun, eight were due to errors.

The Eagles had two home runs from Jared Hoying and Jung Eun-won, both their first of the season.

That huge third inning was good enough to see the Eagles set new KBO records for the most number of hits, at 13, and runs and RBIs, at 16, ever made in a single inning.

The previous record for the most number of runs in a single inning was 13, held jointly by the LG Twins, in 1992 and 2001, Hyundai Unicorns in 1999 and Samsung Lions in 2003.

The record for the most hits in a single inning was already held by the Eagles - although at the time they were called the Binggrae Eagles - at 11 in 1990.

Ji and Jang were the only two batters to make it into the batter’s box three times in the third inning. Of the two, Ji went three-for-three.

Sunday’s game ended earlier than expected, after the sixth inning, due to heavy rain. In the KBO, if a game is called off after the first five innings it is recorded as an official game.

Thanks to the weather conditions, Eagles’ starter Jang Min-je pitched the first ever complete game of his career.

Despite a disappointing loss, the Giants still took the winning series, as they had won the previous two games. The Eagles and Giants are now tied for fourth at seven wins and seven losses.

Elsewhere in the KBO, the NC Dinos swept the weekend series against the Bears for the first time since May 2015. With a three-game sweep, the Dinos are now tied with the Bears in second place at nine wins and five losses.

The SK Wyverns also swept their series against the Samsung Lions over the weekend. The KBO saw its first rain cancellation of the season between the Kia Tigers and Kiwoom Heroes in Gwangju on Sunday, while the KT Wiz defeated the LG Twins to win their series.

BY KANG YOO-RIM [kang.yoorim@joongang.co.kr]