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LG Twins take 1st game of KBO double header over SK Wyverns

All News 18:17 June 11, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Rookie right-hander Lee Min-ho tossed seven strong innings, and slugger Robert Ramos blasted a tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh, as the LG Twins defeated the SK Wyverns 3-1 to take the first game of their double header in Seoul on Thursday.

Lee, an 18-year-old out of high school, struck out a career-high seven batters in seven frames at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, while limiting the Wyverns to one run on six hits. He didn't walk anybody in his third career Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) start.

Lee Min-ho of the LG Twins pitches against the SK Wyverns in the first game of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season double header at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on June 11, 2020. (Yonhap)

Ramos broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a two-run shot off reliever Seo Jin-yong, for his league-leading 13th home run of 2020.

The Wyverns went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, with Jamie Romak's RBI single off Lee cashing in Choi Ji-hoon, who'd reached on a bloop double to shallow center.

The Twins wasted early chances against SK starter Ricardo Pinto. In the bottom second, Jung Ju-hyeon grounded out to end a two-on, two-out rally. Lee Chun-woong led off the bottom third with a single, but was erased in a double play two batters later.

The Twins tied things up at 1-1 in the bottom fourth, courtesy of Oh Ji-hwan's sacrifice fly. The inning began on a promising note, with a single and a double putting runners at second and third with nobody out. But Oh's sac fly was sandwiched by a pop out and a groundout.

The Twins had the bases loaded with a single and two hit-by-pitches in the bottom sixth, only to see pinch hitter Hong Chang-ki strike out swinging against Pinto.

The Twins broke through with Pinto out of the game in the seventh, Seo got two quick outs before walking Chae Eun-seong. Ramos then battled Seo to seven pitches before driving a hanging splitter over the right field wall for a 3-1 LG lead.

The Twins' bullpen then took over from Lee to begin the top eighth, with Jin Hae-soo and Jung Woo-young combining for two shutout innings.

Lee threw 112 pitches, also a career high, and 75 were strikes.

Roberto Ramos of the LG Twins watches his two-run home run against the SK Wyverns in the first game of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season double header at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on June 11, 2020. (Yonhap)

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