The Kia Tigers are the champions of South Korean baseball in 2017.
The Tigers defeated the Doosan Bears 7-6 on Monday to take the Korean Series in five games, collecting their first Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) championship since 2009 and their 11th overall.
|Kia Tigers celebrate their winning of the Korean Series title after defeating Doosan Bears on Monday. (Yonhap)|
The Tigers, based in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, are now undefeated in 11 Korean Series appearances.
The Tigers lost the opening game of this best-of-seven series last Wednesday, but reeled off four consecutive victories, including the last three on the road at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
Third baseman Lee Bum-ho blasted a grand slam off Doosan starter Dustin Nippert to key the five-run third inning, and the Tigers tacked on two more runs in the sixth before fending off a furious late charge by the Bears for the nail-biting win.
|Kia Tigers' pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong (Yonhap)|
Left-hander Yang Hyeon-jong, who tossed a complete game shutout in Game 2, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to record the save. (Yonhap)