San Diego, revenge on the Dodgers Headed to the US with 1 win and 1 loss

San Diego won its first win of the 2024 season by defeating Yoshinobu Yamamoto (LA Dodgers), the most expensive pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB).

San Diego avenged its loss the previous day by winning 15-11 after a hard-fought game in the second game of the MLB opening two-game series (Seoul Series) against the LA Dodgers held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 21st. The two teams that faced each other in the first ever MLB official game held in Korea shared 1 win and 1 loss.

This day's game attracted great attention as it was Yamamoto's first MLB regular season start. Yamamoto, who won four awards as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons in the Japanese professional baseball league Orix until last year, wore a Dodgers uniform last winter for a total of $325 million (about 431.8 billion won) over 12 years. The Dodgers, who are challenging to win the World Series, expected Yamamoto, who was brought in for the highest price, to play the role of first starter.

However, the San Diego batting lineup attacked Yamamoto mercilessly from the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Sander Bohart attacked the first pitch and hit a heavy hit, and second hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. got on base with a hit ball. With no outs on first and second base, third batter Jake Cronenworth brought two runners home with a triple down the right-field line. Fifth batter Kim Ha-seong, who came to the plate with no outs on first and third base due to Manny Machado's walk, scored his first RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to center field. In the ensuing game with 2 outs and runners on second base, Luis Campusano hit a timely double and Tyler Wade hit a timely hit to right.

Yamamoto, who collapsed with 4 hits, 1 hit to the body, and 5 runs in one inning, was replaced by Michael Grove in defense in the top of the second inning. This is the first time since he became a professional that Yamamoto was 'KO' from the first episode.

San Diego starting pitcher Joe Musgrove was also dismissed early after allowing 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings, and the two teams continued to struggle throughout the game. For San Diego, Cronenworth went 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, and for the Dodgers, Mookie Betts led the offense with 4-for-5 hits and 6 RBIs. Betts even hit a home run from Michael King in the bottom of the 5th inning with 1 out and runners on first base. Betts, who hit MLB's first home run this season and the first home run of the Seoul Series, received a Hyundai Ioniq 5 due to an injury. Shohei Ohtani, who played as the Dodgers' No. 2 designated hitter, recorded 1 hit and 1 RBI in 5 at-bats.

San Diego was ahead by one point, 12-11, and Machado, the fourth hitter, hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, putting a wedge in the game. Ha-seong Kim, who did not hit a hit in two games but contributed to the team with RBI, stolen bases, and stable defense, said, “I think I received a lot of love from fans throughout the Seoul Series. “Thank you for your support,” he said. “I think it would be great to have the opportunity to play again (in Seoul) before I retire.” 섯다