Lots of links to start us off...
First, not one, but two articles from the Korea Times. The first is a really in-depth and well-written piece on Lotte Giants manager, Jerry Royster. The most have forgotten to run that one through the xenophobia machine they keep next to the printing press. The second is questionable piece on foreigners in the KBO. Apparently, Jose Lima has been demoted to the reserve squad and not released....yet.
National hero, Park Chan-ho, recorded a save yesterday. He tossed three innings and only allowed two homeruns. At the bottom of the article, there's a mention of Cubs prospect, Rhee Dae-sun. This kid sounds special and it sounds like he's not going to be on the farm for long.
Also, the Doosan Bears have been wearing a throwback jersey this year to celebrate their inaugural season and first championship in 1982. The jerseys have been changed a bit to reflect the new sponsor. The original sponsor was the Oriental Brewing Co. (OB), which is still in existence and makes my favorite Korean beer.
On to the roundup....
SK and Lotte were washed out last night. This could be a Korean Series preview. SK is definently the hottest team in Asia, if not the best. While Lotte has one of the top offenses in Asia and a legit ace pitcher.
Doosan 7, Samsung 6
This team is slowly killing me. The Lions showed just enough in the first two weeks to get me excited(just like my beloved White Sox. The parallels are getting eerie). Now, we get lifeless efforts and fake rallies. Good times!
Samsung was actually losing 7-0 at one point and that makes the game sound close. Samsung starter, Jeon Byeong-ho, was pummelled during his 2 2/3 innings. Jeon allowed 6 runs on 7 hits and one walk. 5 of the hits stayed in the park.
The game was already well out of hand when Choi Hyeong-woo clubbed a solo homer to start a 6th inning, 3-run fake rally. Samsung mounted an even better fake rally when they scored 3 runs off of Doosan closer, Im Tae-hoon. The winning run was at the plate in the form of Yang Jun-hyeok, the the all-time KBO hits leader and soon-to-be homerun leader. He thumped one to the warning track, just so he could get my hopes as high as possible before dashing them. Thanks Yang.
Kim Dong-ju and Hong Seong-hun both homered for Doosan. Every Doosan started reached base in this game.
KIA 4, Woori 3
Woori had this one wrapped up, until the Woori bullpen coughed up two runs in the 8th to give KIA the lead and after a 1-2-3 from KIA relievers Son Yeong-min and Han Ki-ju. Han recorded a 5 pitch strikeout for the save, while Son recorded the relief W.
Choi Hee-seop made another effort to earn his salary last night. Choi finished 1-2 with a homer, a run scored and two RBI. This continued good play is a disturbing trend. It's completely out of character for the large first baseman. He's currently at .246/.319/.462. He's almost hitting his weight....almost.
Hanhwa 4, LG 3
This game was played under borderline dangerous conditions. The field was sloppy and puddled. By the end of the game, almost everyone had muddy pants. Pitchers had hard time finding footing on a mound that was slowly turning to quicksand. Both teams were lucky to finish this game without serious injury.
The poor weather overshadowed the play. Hanhwa actually held a 4-0 lead at one point. LG was able to slowly chip away at the lead, but never really threatened. The game ball goes to Hanhwa starting pitcher, Jeong Min-cheol. Jeong tossed 6 drenched innings(77 pitches, 52 strikes!) allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and two walks. He also added 4 K's.