"Roster" national hitter "Yashin" won 11 consecutive games
The Doosan Bears, led by manager Lee Seung-yeop, have won 10 consecutive victories. With this, coach Lee Seung-yeop set the record for the most consecutive wins in a debut season as a manager for the Bears club, surpassing the 9 wins set by former coaches Kim Young-deok and Kim Seong-geun in 1982 and 1984.
Now, coach Lee Seung-yeop is challenging the 11-game winning streak established by former Lotte Giants coach Jerry Royster, who debuted in the KBO League in 2008.
Doosan won a 5-2 come-from-behind victory against the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA Tigers at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju at 6:30 pm on the 21st. After 10 consecutive wins, Doosan recorded 43 wins, 1 draw and 36 losses in the season, narrowing the gap with second place SSG Landers to 4 games.
In the first game of the second half, Doosan put forward 'ace' right-hander Raul Alcantara. Alcantara, who had recorded 9 wins, 3 losses and an ERA of 2.03 until the 21st, showed off a neat pitching that allowed only 1 point to the KIA lineup that day.
While Alcantara effectively blocked the KIA lineup, Doosan lineup succeeded in scoring two runs up to the 6th inning against KIA starting pitcher right-hander Mario Sanchez. Then, in the 7th inning, Park Joon-young scored a sweeping 3 RBIs and 3 bases against KIA left-hander Choi Ji-min, putting a wedge in the game.
With this, Doosan succeeded in extending its winning streak, which began on July 1st, to '10'. This is a new record for the most consecutive wins in the first year of taking over as head coach in the history of the club. The previous record was 9 consecutive wins set by former coaches Kim Young-deok and Kim Seong-geun in 1982 and 1984 during the OB Bears (predecessor of Doosan).
And that's not all. Coach Lee Seung-yeop also established a tie record for the most consecutive wins in his debut season as a domestic coach. Previously, Cheon Bo-seong, former LG Twins manager in 1997, Lee Hee-soo, former Hanwha Eagles manager in 1999, and Lee Kwang-eun, former LG manager, achieved this in 2000.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who set the record for the most consecutive victories in his debut season as a domestic coach, is now challenging for 11 consecutive victories. Royster, who led Lotte in 2008, is the only manager who has won 11 consecutive wins in the first year of taking office. On the 22nd, director Lee Seung-yeop will go on a hunt for a record for the first time in 15 years.
Meanwhile, as Doosan sprinted for 10 consecutive wins, another cataclysm occurred in the KBO league leaderboard. In the KBO League this season, there are many teams that have long winning streaks. It started with the Lotte Giants.
Lotte ran a 9-game winning streak from April 20 to May 2. At the same time, LG and SSG Landers competed for the lead. Although the ranking has now dropped to 5th place, Lotte's 9 consecutive wins in 15 years surprised many fans at the beginning of the season.
Next was Hanwha. Hanwha recorded 8 consecutive wins from June 21st to July 1st. Due to Hanwha, who achieved 8 consecutive victories in 18 years, the mid-level fight fell into chaos. Hanwha, which managed to rebound from the bottom to the 8th place, is being selected as the dark horse of fall baseball in the second half.
And Doosan, who stayed in the middle ranks throughout the season, completely changed the game in the middle and upper ranks with this 10-game winning streak. Doosan, which was originally in 6th place before the start of the winning streak, has risen to 3rd place through 10 consecutive victories. At the same time, the gap with second place SSG narrowed from 9 games to 4 games. Even with first place LG, there is only a 5.5 game difference. Depending on the results in the second half, it is possible to aim for first place.
Before the match, head coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “It depends on the will of the sky.” And the sky allowed manager Lee Seung-yeop to win 10 games in a row. Coach Lee Seung-yeop, the 'novice commander' who has been writing great records since his first year in office. Attention is focusing on whether coach Lee Seung-yeop will be able to set an unprecedented record of 11 consecutive wins in his first year in office, which no domestic coach has achieved.