Allergies got the better of me this weekend. I spent the last three days in bed trying to clear my sinuses and watching the Woori Heroes get the better of my Samsung Lions. I see the Lions haven't forgotten how to kick a man when he's down. For five games, they had me fooled.
Onto the roundup...series by series.
Hanwha vs. KIA
4/4 - Hanwha 4, KIA 1
4/5 - KIA 9, Hanwha 4
4/6 - Hanwha 4, KIA 0
The big news from this series was Ryu Hyeon-jin remembering that he's better than most of the guys in the league and throwing a complete game on Friday(112 pitches). The only run he allowed was on a 7th inning homerun by Chang Seong-ho. He struck out 4 while walking three.
KIA retaliated on Saturday by banging out 18 hits and getting two walks on route to 9 runs off Hanwha pitching.
I saw this in the game and checked the boxscore after, but I still can't believe this. Choi Hee-seop hit a triple in this game. I still can't wrap my mind around that one.
On Sunday, Hanwha won the rubber match. 3 pitchers combined to throw a 4-hitter. Even more surprising is that KIA had more stolen bases(5) than hits. This was helped by the 6 walks issued by Hanwha pitching. Hanwha starter, Yu Won-sang allowed 5 of them.
This one was a tight 1-0 battle, until Hanwha's Lee Beom-ho hit a three run blast to put the game well out of reach for KIA.
LG vs. Lotte
4/4 - Lotte 6, LG 4
4/5 - LG 5, Lotte 3
4/6 - Lotte 7, LG 0
The first game was a 3-3 chess match, until the LG pitching and defense fell apart in the 8 and 9th innings. LG was able to mount a fake rally in the 9th, but Lotte reliever Im Kyong-won was able to hang on for the save.
On Saturday, Lotte jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead on a 3-run bomb by Lee Dae-ho. LG came back with two runs in the second and tied the game in the 3rd on a home run by Chang Dong-su. The teams were stalemated at 3-3 until LG's Lee Dae-hyong walked off Lotte with a two run blast in the 10th.
The story on Sunday was Lotte starter, Song Sung-jun. He went the distance on 117 pitches. Song allowed 4 hits and two walks. He also struck out 12(!).
Every Lotte batter reached base. The only Lotte batter to go hitless was foreign sensation Karim Garcia.
SK vs. Doosan
4/4 - SK 6, Doosan 2
4/5 - SK 5, Doosan 1
4/6 - SK 4, Doosan 1
Including last year's Korean series, I believe SK has won 7 consecutive games against Doosan. Pwned.
SK starting pitchers went at least 6 innings in all of these games, but SK manager, Kim Seung-gun, still managed to use 5 pitchers on Saturday and Sunday. I guess the guys in the bullpen were getting a little restless.
The story at the plate for SK was Park Jae-hong. For the series, he went 5-9 with 4 RBI's and 4 runs scored. Among the five hits, 3 were for extra bases including a double and two homers.
Samsung vs. Woori
4/4 - Woori 3, Samsung 1
4/5 - Woori 6, Samsung 5
4/6 - Samsung 7, Woori 2
What are you talking about. There's nothing to see here. Move along. Come on. Fine.
Ok...in the battle of have's vs. have nots, the have nots were the clear victor. In the have's home park.
Friday, Hero Song Shin-yeong notched a 4 inning save. He only allowed one hit while striking out 5. Samsung was awful at the plate. I had flashbacks to last season. Moving on...
Saturday's game featured a few more runs and a bit better effort. Samsung took a 6-2 deficit into the 9th and managed the ultimate fake rally, scoring 3 runs before the final outs were recorded. Thanks for getting my hopes up fellows. Thanks a lot. The difference in this game proved to be Cliff Brumbaugh's solo shot in the 7th inning.
Sunday featured a battle of foreign pitchers. Wes Obermueller(Samsung) vs. Jason Scobie(Woori). For those of us unfamiliar with Mr. Scobie, I've located his minor league stats here.
Scobie pitched well until he appeared to run out of gas during a 5-run hit parade in the 5th inning.
Obermueller pitched very well. He went 6 1/3 strong innings(74 pitches, 50 strikes), giving up one run on five hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts.