Former Samsung Lion and current Yakult Swallow, Lim Chang-yeong is enjoying success in the NPB. It does bug the hell out of me that he stole Shingo Takatsu's nickname, but it could just be that the Japanese press is being lazy.
"We need a nickname." "What did we call the last guy?" "Uh, Mr. Zero." "Works for me."
Woori 4, Samsung 3
It was the battle of the mediocre foreign pitchers last night. Samsung sent out Wes Obermueller(4.26 ERA, 3-2, 1.07 WHIP)and Woori called upon Jason Scobie(6.54 ERA, 2-2, 1.71 WHIP).
Woori jumped all over Wes Obermueller in the first three innings and kept Samsung off the basepaths for most of the game. Obermueller tossed 6 innings(88 pitches, 59 strikes) allowing all 4 Woori runs on 9 hits while striking out 5. Woori's Scobie had his finest outing to date. He went 7 2/3 innings(99 pitches, 60 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and one walk. He also added 3 K's.
Samsung's Yang Jun-hyeok(.200/.290/.326) busted out of a month long slump. He finished 1-3 with a homer, one RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Woori's Song Ji-man(.296/.330/.432) delivered a two-run double in the third inning that proved to be the difference in the game.
Doosan 7, KIA 6
This game was almost uncomfortable to watch. KIA entered the 8th inning with a 6-1 lead and ended with a 7-6 deficit. Their relief corps melted down and their infield melted down. Wilson Valdes may find himself with Jose Lima if he turns in more perfromances like last night. First, he booted a hot grounder into centerfield, then he screwed up the exchange on a double play, both within five minutes of each other. At the end of the inning, the shot of the poor KIA fans in the stands was priceless. You'd think the concession stands ran out of ramyon. Eyes glazed over, mouths open and arms crossed. The poor bastards.
The story was the KIA bullpen. During the 8th and 9th innings KIA pitching allowed three hits, four walks, and one hit batter. One error and one dropped ball also helped. I was surprised the manager didn't explode. Every time the broadcast cut to a shot of him in the dugout the vein in his neck got bigger. At one point I thought KIA reliever, Yoo Dong-hoon was going to strangle his entire infield. Awkward, awkward situation.
LG 4, Lotte 3
Another late inning meltdown in this one. Lotte held a 3-2 lead heading into the 9th. Lotte closer, Im Kyong-won(4 saves, 4.76 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) came in to nail it down. After few hits and walks, LG's Park Yong-taek(.292/.361/.344) clubbed a double to give LG the lead.
The only things of note in this game were that LG starter Chris Oxspring(3.09 ERA, 4-0, 1.49 WHIP) pitched reasonably well and Lotte's Chong Bo-myung(.275/.348/.450) clubbed a two-run homer.
Hanwha 6, SK 2
Oh the zoomanity! The rolling baseball juggernaut that is the SK Wyverns was stopped last night by Ryu Hyeon-jin(2.52 ERA, 5-1, 1.14 WHIP, 30K in 39 1/3 IP). Hanwha batter SK starter Kim Won-hyeong and reliever Yoon Gil-hyeon for all 6 runs during the first 3 innings. Ryu was able to put on the cruise control and glide to an easy victory. Ryu tossed 6 innings, allowing two runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Another strong effort from the chubby ace.
The biggest offensive effort was from Hanwha's Han Sang-hun(.123/.180/.123 in 57! AB's). Han went 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored.