Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5/13 Roundup and News

The Joonang Daily posts a report card of sorts. I'm guessing this guy is a KIA fan.

I've been asked about the whereabouts of Darwin Cubillian. A rough translation of this article leads me to believe he's been released, but I may be mistaken. His picture still appears on the SK team page, so he may just be inactive or with the minor league team. Jamie Brown has been dumped by LG, while 1B/DH/mediocre hitter Roberto Petagine has been added to their roster. Gary Rath has also been dumped. I have no idea why. His WHIP is a little high at 1.55, but his record(3-2) and ERA(2.84) are both respectable. My guess would be family issues, but that's just wild speculation.

Awesome. I'm sure I'll be hearded into the special "Foreigners Only" section at Daegu Stadium fairly soon. Thank you Korean Media and Foreign Jackass. We needed more sensationalism and xenophobia. With this American beef crisis, we were starting to run low. I'm willing to bet these guys are Canadian. They were probably confused by the lack of ice and only one stick on the field.

Hanhwa 1, KIA 0

KIA's Lee Beom-seok(2.12 ERA, 1-2, 1.03 WHIP) deserved better than this. Lee threw 8 innings(99 pitches, 71 strikes) allowing one run on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. The only Hanhwa run came on a solo homerun from Lee Beom-ho(.266/.363/.468, 8 HR, 26 RBI). Hanhwa starter, Song Jin-woo(4.14 ERA, 2-2, 1.60 WHIP) picked up the W, while Brad Thomas(3.43 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7 saves) pitched a 1-2-3 9th to record the save.

Doosan 5, SK 3

This game was tied at 3 heading into the 7th, but between some poor fielding and SK ace, Kim Kwang-hyeon(2.05 ERA, 6-2, 1.31 WHIP), running out of gas, Doosan was able to take the lead and hang on for the W. The Doosan bullpen was excellent last night. Im Tae-hoon(4.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 5 holds) threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 6. Doosan closer, Jeong Jae-hoon(2.70 ERA, 8 saves, 1.00 WHIP) pitched a perfect 9th for the save.

Lotte 4, Samsung 1

Karim Garcia pulls a Bo Jackson after a strikeout.

A dustup between Samsung catcher, Jin Kab-yong and the umpire. Jin stayed in the game.

The real story was Lotte ace, Son Min-han(2.54 ERA, 5-0, 1.16 WHIP). Son threw 8 innings(113 pitches, 75 strikes) allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 12. Son was simply too much for the already strikeout prone Lions. The only Samsung run came on a solo homerun from Park Seok-min. Wes Obermueller(4.43 ERA, 3-3, 1.08 WHIP) deserved better. Wes tossed 6 innings(87 pitches, 57 strikes) allowing 4 runs(3 earned) on 4 hits and one walk. Big Wes struck out 6.

The big hitter for Lotte was leadoff man, Jeong Su-gun(.314/.421/.390, 24 runs scored). Jeong went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Woori 5, LG 2

You know what's good for a struggling ballclub? A series with the LG Twins. Woori was winning 4-0 when the Twins mounted their fake rally to make the score 4-2 heading into the 9th. Almost on cue, the LG bullpen coughed up another run, just to dash whatever hope the 2,399 fans in attendance and the dozens watching around Korea had.

No one really stood out on either side, but Woori's Kang Gui-tae(.257/.286/.330) went 3-5 with an RBI.

Woori Ace, Ma Il-yeong(3.18 ERA, 3-3, 1.27 WHIP) recorded the W. Ma threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings(92 pitches, 54 strikes) allowing 2 hits and 4 walks. He struck out one batter.

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