Sounds like we'll be seeing more jewelry on the mound this year. I have fond memories of Melido Perez wearing the largest cross I've ever seen on the mound for the White Sox in the late 90's. Sadly, the internet does not remember him as well as I do. Can I suggest this?
Another Park Chan-ho article from the Korea Times. This one is about two steps away from a propaganga piece.
Doosan vs. Woori
5/23 - Rain, rain, go away.
5/24 - Rain, rain, go away.
5/25 - Doosan 6, Woori 5
Sunday's game was the only one that was dry enough to play. The game was tied 5-5 in the top of the 9th when Doosan's Kim Hyeon-su(.353/.437/.476, 32 RBI in 44 games) clubbed a double to give Doosan a 6-5 advantage. Jeong Jae-hoon(5.11 ERA, 10 saves, 1.22 WHIP) tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning to record the save.
Woori's Song Ji-man(.318/.357/.496, 31 RBI in 41 games) gets a game ball for going 2-4 with a double and 4 RBI. Doosan's Kim Dong-ju(.304/.442/.570, 10 homers, 33 RBI in 42 games) swatted another homerun. For the day he was 1-2 with two walks, a homer, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
SK vs. Lotte
5/23 - Lotte 9, SK 3
5/24 - Lotte 7, SK 3
5/25 - Lotte 7, SK 5
Wow, Lotte sent a big message this weekend to the defending champs. The message was, "Don't get too comfortable." SK's lead in the league standing has been cut to just 3.5 games over 2nd place Doosan. It could be a real dogfight over the next 3 months.
Lotte's Karim Garcia was the story on Friday night. He went 2-5 with a homer, 3 RBI and one run scored. Manager, Jerry Royster, bumped Garcia down to the #6 spot in the batting order on May 16th. In the last week he's hitting .421 with 3 homers. I think the change has worked out. Lotte starter, Jang Won-jun(3.31 ERA, 5-3, 1.20 WHIP), tossed 8 strong innings(96 pitches, 64 strikes) allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and striking out 4.
On Saturday night, it was the Kang Min-ho(.329/.413/.572, 9 HR, 33 RBI) show. Kang homered twice against SK pitching. His line for the night was 2-4 with 2 homers, 4 RBI and two runs scored. Lotte's Cho Seong-hwan went 4-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Lotte ace, Son Min-han(2.23 ERA, 6-0, 1.11 WHIP), had the good stuff working again. He tossed 7 strong innings(103 pitches, 68 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 10 hits and striking out 1.
Karim Garcia(.256/.330/.536, 13 HR, 39 RBI) and Cho Seong-hwan(.347/.390/.453, 10 SB's) struck again on Sunday. Garcia crushed another homer while finishing 2-4 with 4 RBI and 1 run scored. Cho was 2-5 with a double 3 RBI, 1 run scored and a stolen base.
SK Ace Kim Kwang-hyeon(3.12 ERA, 6-2, 1.45 WHIP) was wild again on Sunday. Kim lasted 5 innings(111 pitches, 62 strikes) allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. He struck out 5. The SK offense wasn't much to write home about for this entire series. There were a few multi hit games, but no game balls should be handed out for a sweep.
LG vs. KIA
This time its LG coming through with a cute girl to toss out the first pitch. This time its actress Kim Na-yeong.
5/23 - LG 4, KIA 2
5/24 - KIA 15, LG 13
5/25 - KIA 13, LG 2
The fight for the cellar! Guess which series I did my best to avoid all weekend? This one.
On Friday night LG picked up a W without getting an extra base hit. They dinked and dunked their way to a 4-run 5th inning. The big hit was a two-run single from the bat of Park Kyeong-su(.246/.349/.399). The LG bullpen only allowed 3 baserunners during 4 1/3 innings of work. Lee Jae-ju was the KIA offense on Friday night. Lee went 1-2 with a homer, 2 walks, 2 RBI and 1 run scored.
It didn't say anything on the schedule, but it was fireworks night on Saturday as the two teams combined for 28 runs. The pitching was ugly. Only 4 out of 14 pitchers used didn't allow runs to score.
KIA's Lee Jae-ju had another big night. Lee went 4-6 with a double, 2 homeruns, 5 RBI and two runs scored. KIA's Kim Seon-bin(.260/.349/.288) went 3-4 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored.
LG's Roberto Petagine had his first big game in the KBO. Petagine was 4-5 with 2 doubles, a walk, 4 RBI and 1 run scored. Ahn Chi-yong(.369/.471/.560 in only 84 AB's) went 2-4 with a double, a walk, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
KIA continued to take BP off of LG pitching on Sunday. KIA scored 13 runs with only one extra base hit. They hit 15 singles, drew 5 walks and were helped by two errors. Lee Jae-ju(.345/.455/.571, 4 HR, 20 RBI in only 84 AB's) cooled off on Sunday. He was only 2-4 with a walk, 2 RBI and 1 run scored. Jang Seong-ho(.375/.516/.583 in 75 AB's) and Kim Jeong-guk(.203/.281/.241) both went 3-5. KIA starter, Yoon Suk-min(2.70 ERA, 6-3, 1.16 WHIP), was the primary benificiary of KIA's 13 run outburst. Yoon lasted 6 innings(106 pitches, 66 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6.
Hanhwa vs. Samsung
5/23 - Samsung 12, Hanhwa 5
5/24 - Samsung 11, Hanhwa 4
5/25- Hanhwa 5, Samsung 1
I should have seen this coming from a mile away. A mediocre effort against LG, followed by a whuppin on Friday and Saturday. I can't believe the Lions scored a run on Sunday.
The Lions are playing .500 ball without Yang Jun-hyeok(bad), Shim Chang-su(injured) or Jacob Cruz (released). Speaking of Cruz' walking papers, Aaron gave him a really nice write up at the EWC.
Samsung brought the pain on Friday night, scoring runs in 6 consecutive innings(4th through the 9th). Park Han-yi(.359/.466/.458) lead the charge for the Lions by going 3-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Ryu Hyeon-jin(3.32 ERA, 5-3, 1.36 WHIP) was the story for the Eagles in that the chubby lefty pitched poorly. He worked in and out of trouble for 5 innings(99 pitches, 54 strikes) allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 5. Lions starter, Lee Sang-mok(5.01 ERA, 3-3, 1.25 WHIP), pitched well enough, but ran out of gas in the 8th inning. Lee lasted 7 1/3 innings(96 pitches, 64 strikes) before he had to be lifted. He allowed 5 runs(3 in the 8th) on 8 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 3.
On Saturday night Samsung used a 6-run 1st inning to cruise to an easy victory. The game ball goes to Samsung's Jae Tae-in(.304/.346/.478 in only 23 AB's). Jae was 3-5 with a double, a triple, 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kim Tae-won clubbed a two-run bomb in the 6th inning for the Eagles.
I knew it wouldn't last. Samsung followed the two day, 23 run barrage with 5 hits and one run on Sunday. I guess they must have celebrated a little too much after Saturday's W. Hanhwa starter, Song Jin-woo(3.86 ERA, 3-2, 1.56 WHIP) worked 5 effectively wild innings(90 pitches, 46 strikes) allowing one run on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2. The Hanhwa bullpen shut the door on Samsung for good. During their 4 innings of work, 3 Hanhwa relievers scattered 2 hits and one walk. Kim Tae-won(.272/.379/.510, 10 HR, 29 RBI) gets his 2nd game ball in two days. He went 2-3 with a walk, a double, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.