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Kiwoom Wins its First Exhibition Game Against SSG... 'Not Working' Due to ABS Power Issue

ABS does not work, referee calls strike/ball until the end.

Professional baseball Kiwoom Heroes won their first exhibition game victory over SSG Landers.

Kiwoom won 5-4 over SSG in the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League exhibition game visit held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 14th.

Kiwoom, who had lost four games since the start of the exhibition game, won for the first time in five games.

Kiwoom took the lead in the 1st inning due to an error by the opposing catcher when he double-stealed bases, and in the 3rd inning, when the team was trailing 1-2, they succeeded in turning the score around 4-2 with Choi Joo-hwan's tying triple and Kim Dong-heon and Lee Hyeong-jong's singles and timely hits.

In the 4th inning, Lim Ji-yeol added 1 point with an RBI and timely hit.

SSG only trailed by 2 runs thanks to Hanyu Seom's timely hit in the 5th and Choi Ji-hoon's 1-run home run in the 7th.

Kiwoom starter Ha Young-min allowed 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 3 innings, while Son Hyun-ki (3 hits, 1 run in 2 innings) and Kim Yun-ha (2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run), who joined this season, took responsibility for 4 innings in the middle.

In the batting lineup, Kim Dong-heon (2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 RBI) and Lee Hyeong-jong (2 hits in 2 at-bats, 1 RBI) achieved multiple hits (more than 2 hits in a game).

SSG foreign pitcher Robert Dugger, who made his first appearance in an official KBO League game, did not meet expectations with 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 2⅓ innings.

Choi Ji-hoon showed good batting ability with 1 hit in 4 at-bats, including a home run, 1 walk, 1 RBI, and 2 runs, while Park Seong-han went 2 hits in 3 at-bats and 1 run.

Meanwhile, in this game, the Automatic Pitching System (ABS) did not work due to power supply issues to the stadium.

Ahead of the game, the KBO announced, "Due to a power supply problem to the ABS camera on the third base side of SSG Landers Field in Incheon, the referee will judge strikes and balls according to the manual."

As soon as the problem with the ABS camera equipment during the game was resolved, it was planned to determine ABS from the next inning shift, but in the end, the referee called a ball and strike until the end of the game.

This is the first time in 24 exhibition games that the ABS, which the KBO ambitiously introduced ahead of this season, did not work throughout the game.