Eagles look to rebound from a woeful weekThe Hanwha Eagles, the league’s worst team for the past three years, have received lots of attention this season with their improved performance under new manager Kim Sung-keun. However, last week they lost five straight games, including a three-game sweep by the NC Dinos over the weekend.
It was the first time this season the Daejeon club has lost three consecutive games to a single team. As a result, the Eagles slipped from fifth place to sixth.
The Eagles will try to get back on track at home tonight against the Nexen Heroes before traveling to Incheon on Friday to face the SK Wyverns.
Meanwhile, the NC Dinos maintained their hold on the top spot in the standings, half a game ahead of defending champion Samsung. The Changwon club will seek to extend a four-game winning streak when it hosts the Kia Tigers before visiting Seoul for a three-game series against the LG Twins starting Friday. The Dinos are 7-2 against the Tigers this season, but have only one win against the Twins in their last eight encounters.
The Dinos completed a two-for-one trade with the last-place KT Wiz on Sunday, acquiring veteran catcher Yong Deuk-han, 34, for lefty reliever Hong Seong-yong and outfielder Oh Jeong-bok.
The first-year Wiz hopes to snap a three-game losing streak this week. The Suwon club meets the Twins on Tuesday before going to Daegu to face the Lions. The Wiz is winless (0-4) against the Lions this season.
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