NC won 5-3 in the home game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Samsung Lions at Changwon NC Park on the 15th. NC, which was tied for third place with the Doosan Bears and SSG Landers before the game, changed its title to third place alone, beating Doosan, which lost 2-5 to SSG and LG Twins, who had no games on the same day.
NC staged an all-out battle on the day to confirm its direct advance to the semi-playoff (3rd place). When Song Myung-ki, who came up as a starting pitcher, allowed a 2-2 tie with a wild pitch in the third inning, he replaced the pitcher with Lee Jae-hak without delay. Lee Jae-hak, who lived up to expectations, quickly stabilized the mound by allowing two scoreless innings.
NC, which scored its first point with Kim Hyung-joon’s two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, took a 3-2 lead with Kwon Hee-dong’s timely double in the third inning. He then ran away with Park Min-woo’s RBI timely hit in the sixth inning and Park Se-hyuk’s walk in the eighth inning. NC exposed anxiety with closer Lee Yong-chan allowing one run in the top of the ninth inning, but it did not lead to a reversal. 스포츠토토
As a result, NC will virtually secure more than fourth place if a draw does not come out in the result of the showdown between Doosan and SSG starting on the 16th. Even if they lose both consecutive games with the KIA Tigers, NC’s winning rate will be 0.528, and if either Doosan or SSG wins a sweep, the winning rate is lower than that of NC, which lost all games (SSG 0.525, Doosan 0.521). If NC wins two games and Doosan loses one win and one loss, the winning rate will be the same, and in this case, NC, which is ahead of each other in multiple points, ranks fourth.
As a result, NC is very likely to play an autumn baseball game at home. If you go up to third place, you will unconditionally hold the first and second rounds of the semi-playoff at home, and if you are fourth place, you will hold up to two wild card games at home.
“Npak (Changwon NC Park) Autumn Baseball” was the same task as NC’s fate. Changwon NC Park, which opened in 2019, has a reputation as a major league-class state-of-the-art baseball stadium. However, NC has not played a single postseason game at such a stadium. In 2019, the first year of its opening, it ranked fifth, but failed to return home after losing to LG in the wild card game. The following year, he won the combined championship, but it was also canceled as it was held as a neutral stadium (Gocheok Sky Dome) due to schedule problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The players made the season’s goal of ‘Enfak Autumn Baseball’ in unison. Center hitter Park Min-woo voiced his opinion to Star News earlier in the season, saying, “It doesn’t make sense to have never played fall baseball at that stadium when such a good baseball stadium was built and a team that uses it as its home stadium won.” “In a way, it is natural to show autumn baseball at Changwon NC Park,” he said. “I made that promise every year, but I have never kept it, so I will make sure to keep it this year.” Coach Kang In-kwon also expressed his determination in his New Year’s address, saying, “We will cooperate with the players to play a good game in front of NC Park in Changwon in front of the fans who love NC.”