Monday, October 29, 2007

Korean Series, Games Four and Five

Game Four: SK 4, Doosan 0
Game Five: SK 4, Doosan 0
SK takes a 3-2 series lead

After watching Danny Rios dominate for 9 innings in game one, I assumed we'd be getting more of the same in Game 4. I couldn't have been more wrong. The normally unhittable Doosan ace was anything but on Thursday. He was pounded for 9 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings. Rios struggled through the first three innings before giving up back-to-back homers to Cho Dong-Hwa and Kim Jae-Hyun in the fourth.

19 year old rookie, Kim Kwang Hyun, looked more like the ace that Rios was supposed to be. Kim used a plus fastball and 12-6 curve to keep Doosan off the scoreboard for 7 2/3 innings. Kim had a no hitter through five. When it was all said and done, Kim finished with 9 punchouts while only allowing one hit.

In Game 5, the bullpen was the problem for Doosan. Doosan started foreign sensation Matt Randle and SK sent 17 game winner, Kenny Rayborn to the hill. They matched each other pitch for pitch and left the game in the hands of the bullpen after six scoreless innings each.

It wasn't until the 8th inning that things got interesting...

SK Outfielder, Cho Dong-Hwa, lead off the inning with an infield single and reached 2nd base on a Doosan error. Kim Jae-Hyun came up next and slapped a pitch off the right field wall for a triple, scoring the first run. SK cleanup hitter, Lee Ho-Jun, slugged a double to put the Wyverns up 2-0. Another double by pinch hitter, Kim Kang Min, made the game 3-0 and a wild pitch would score Kim to make the game 4-0.

Game 6 is Monday at 6pm, Korea time. Jae Byong-Yong(11-8, 2.84 ERA) takes the ball for SK, while Doosan reliever, Im Tae-Hun(7-3, 2.40 ERA, 20 holds) tries to force a game seven.

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