Three KBO League games scheduled to be held on the 23rd were canceled due to rain due to monsoon rains across the country.
First, the game between the Doosan 안전놀이터 Bears and the KIA Tigers, which was scheduled to be held at Gwangju-KIA Champions Field, was canceled for two consecutive days following the previous day. Doosan’s Kwak Bin and KIA’s Thomas Panoni, who were the starters the previous day, were also expected to start on the same day, but they failed to take the mound in a row until this day.
Doosan, led by head coach Lee Seung-yeop, finished the first half with nine consecutive wins and succeeded in winning 10 consecutive games by catching KIA on the 21st. And as the two games were canceled due to rain, they will change the venue and the opponent, challenging the team’s record 11 consecutive wins against the Lotte Giants at Jamsil Stadium.
Following Gwangju, news of the cancellation was reported in Daejeon. NC Dinos and Hanwha Eagles were scheduled to face off at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon. With NC winning four consecutive games by catching both of the previous games, NC started Shin Min-hyuk and Hanwha started Jang Min-jae.
The “1st and 2nd place showdown” between the SSG Landers and the LG Twins, which was scheduled to be held at Jamsil Stadium at 3 p.m., was also canceled. Even on the previous day, he could not play due to the rain just before the start of the game, and until this day, he was affected by the weather and the ground. On this day, SSG Roenis Elias and LG Lee Jung-yong were expected to be selected.
The match between the KT Wiz and the Samsung Lions at Daegu Samsung Lions Park and the Kiwoom Heroes and the Lotte Giants at Sajik Stadium in Busan is expected to begin normally. Bae Je-sung and David Buchanan will start in Daegu, and Choi Won-tae and Lee In-bok will start in Sajik.
Meanwhile, as three games were canceled due to rain, 17 games were already canceled in July alone. Cancellation games account for a significant portion as it is in the All-Star break and there is still a week left. Seventeen of the 70 games have been canceled so far, so about 25% of the games have been canceled. Until this day, 53 of the 460 games were pushed back.
From the 5th of next month, if the weekend game is canceled, the game will be organized on Monday. If both Saturday and Sunday are canceled during the period, one game will be reorganized on the following Monday, and the other game will be organized later. However, it is not possible to organize Monday games for three consecutive weeks, and if weekend games are canceled for three consecutive weeks, the last Monday game will be organized later.