Two bits of news today....
First, we get this article from the Korea Times. It seemed fairly innocuous, but then the writer threw in this barb, "However, it is disturbing that Kim continues to display the bad habits picked up during his anonymous career in the United States." Yeah, the reason Kim Sun-woo is bad is because of the bad habits he picked up in the US. Everything is our fault.
And apparently, Lima Time is over. Jose Lima has been released by the KIA Tigers after only four starts. The final line for Jose, an 0-1 record with a 6.23 ERA over 21 1/3 innings, 28 hits, 8 walks and 7 K's. I can't wait to see who KIA finds to take his place. Jeff Weaver is no longer an option.
Lotte vs. Doosan was rained out last night.
Hanhwa 8, Woori 1
The score was only 2-1 when Woori starter, Lee Hyeon-sung left the ballgame after the 4th inning. The Woori bullpen coughed up 6more runs over the next five innings, while the Woori offense couldn't get much going last night.
Only one Hanhwa starter, infielder Kim Tae-won, failed to record a hit against Woori pitching. Kim was able to draw a walk, so every Hanhwa starter did reach base. 6 starters recorded two hits.
Hanwha starter, Jeong Min-cheol, recorded the W, but a three inning relief appearance was the key to the victory. Hanwha reliever, Yoon Kyu-jin, kept Woori off the board for the tough middle innings. He allowed only 1 hit and two walks during his three innings(36 pitches, 18 strikes).
KIA 1, LG 0
This was probably the most enjoyable game of the night. It moved fairly quick for the first 7 innings and was finished just around the three hour mark.
Our winner was KIA starter, Yoon Seok-min. Yoon worked 7 innings(91 pitches 60 for strikes) and allowed only 5 hits while recording 4 K's. He worked fast and only allowed a handful of hard hit balls.
Han Ki-joo recorded the save. He struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.
The tough luck loser was LG's Choi Won-ho. Choi worked 6 innings(109 pitches, 73 strikes) allowed 1 run on 6 hits and one walk while striking out 6.
SK 7, Samsung 6
At one point Samsung was down 7-1. A five-run fake rally, complete with a Grand Slam from Samsung slugger Yang Jun-hyeok made the final sound closer than the game really was.
Samsung starter, Jeon Byeong-ho, inexplicably stuck around for 5 innings, despite giving up 6 runs in the first two innings. Jeon allowed 10 hits and one walk while striking out 2. All six runs were earned.
SK thumper, Jeong Sang-ho went 2-3 with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored.
SK is now in sole possesion of first place. They own an 11-4 record.