At a time when they should have been on the upswing, they suffered an injury, and the rain played havoc. The head coach’s worries only deepen. Can the KIA Tigers overcome the crisis with a full week of games without a rest day?
After picking up the pace at the end of last month, the Tigers were on a roll until their game against the LG Twins in Gwangju on the 10th. A 0-3 loss against the Doosan Bears on the 7th, followed by a 2-12 blowout against LG the next day, seemed to sink in, but a doubleheader sweep on the 9th kept the losing streak from getting too long. The players regained their confidence after escaping the losing streak.
However, it wasn’t long before the tide turned again. After falling 9-10 against the Samsung Lions in Daegu on the 12th, KIA lost 1-3 at home against the Lotte Giants on the 13th. Heavy rain poured down during the game, and the team was unable to finish the game and had to accept a rainout in the sixth inning. 안전놀이터
After catching their breath from the rainout against Lotte on the 14th, KIA bounced back with a 6-8 loss in the first game of the series against Doosan on the 15th. After starter Yoon Young-cheol left the game after 3⅔ innings, the team used a whopping seven relievers, but could not hold on to the lead.
The aftermath carried over to the 17th against Doosan, where KIA lost 3-8 and fell into a four-game losing streak. This is the first four-game losing streak in the second half of the season, and if you extend it to the entire season, it’s been about four months since May 10 against SSG Landers in Gwangju and May 13 against Doosan in Jamsil. The team also dropped one spot in the standings, from fourth to fifth.
On top of that, KIA is the team with the most rainouts in the league (23) and has two consecutive doubleheaders coming up on May 27 against the Changwon NC Dinos and May 4 against the Suwon KT Wiz. With few days off for the foreseeable future, the rigorous schedule will be overwhelming for KIA.