A pair of signings and a release! Doosan has signed Justin Lehr(I can't wait to see that one written in Korean) and Samsung has signed Tom Shearn. Both are pitchers from the Reds organization. Wilson Valdez has been released. So much for the "MLB 4."
A really cool feature on closers in the KBO from the Joongang Daily's Jung Hoe-hun and Yoo Jee-ho.
While the Donga Ilbo takes a look at the Pythagoras Theorem and the KBO.
Koreabeat is right. These are pretty awful.
Lotte 8, Hanhwa 7
W - Marty McCleary(3-2), L - Yang Hoon(3-5), S - Choi Hyang-nam(3)
It seemed like Lotte's 6-run third inning would be all they would need, until Hanhwa struck for a two fake rallies during the 7th and 8th innings. The 6-run 3rd was capped by a Karim Garcia(.262/.333/.552, 14 HR, 42 RBI) 3-run bomb.
Marty McCleary(5.28 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) enjoyed one of his better KBO starts last night. McCleary pitched into the 8th inning(89 pitches, 55 strikes) before he needed some relief. He surrendered 4 runs on 8 hits and struck out 3. A big key to his success was cutting down on his walks.
Foreign sensation, Doug Clark(.311/.387/.601, 13 HR, 40 RBI, 51 runs), continued to clobber KBO pitching for the Hanhwa Eagles. Clark went 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and two runs scored.
Samsung 15, Woori 4
W - Kwan Hyeok(2-0), L - Kim Su-kyeong(2-2)
The Samsung offense delivered an equal opportunity pummeling of Woori pitching. Woori used 7 pitchers and only one of them didn't allow any runs. Samsung's Park Seok-min(.320/.424/.494), Chae Tae-in(.346/.438/.538 in only 26 AB's) and Park Jin-man(.222/.307/.299) drove in 3 runs each during the route. Samsung clobbered Woori starter, Kim Su-kyeong(4.80 ERA, 1.47 WHIP), for 5 runs in just one inning pitched. Samsung starter, Wes Obermueller(4.70 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) was equally as effective, but the Samsung bullpen was able to keep Woori from scoring during their 6 innings of work.
Doosan 8, LG 5
W - Geum Min-cheol(1-0), L - Chris Oxspring(5-2), S- Jeong Jae-hoon(11)
This game was all about the Doosan offense. Leadoffman Lee Jong-wook(.293/.383/.365, 39 runs) went 4-6 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Both thumper Kim Dong-ju(.302/.441/.583, 11 HR, 35 RBI) and Jae Sang-byeong(.190/.237/.317 in 142 AB's!) homered. Kim Hyeon-su(.360/.453/.488) gets the team player award for drawing 4 walks. Kim went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Doosan starter, Matt Randel(4.07 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) was chased from the game after just two innings and the Doosan bullpen had to piece together the W. The game ball goes to the bullpen. They kept LG off balance for 7 innings. Only Kim Sang-hyeon allowed any runs and that was during LG's fake rally in the 9th.
SK 9, KIA 5
W - Kim Won-hyeon(4-2) L - Im Jun-hyeok(1-2)
Believe it or not, SK was losing 4-1 heading into the 7th inning. They scored 4 in the 7th thanks to a grand slam from Park Jae-hong(.374/.446/.640). KIA's Lee Jae-ju(.333/.439/.578, 4 HR in his last 4 games) struck for a homer in th 8th to tie the game at 5. Neither team really threatened until the 12th inning. SK loaded the bases in the 12th and Kim Jae-hyeon(.306/.418/.514) worked a full count. He took the next offering from Im Jun-hyeok over the right field fence. KIA had to come back for a "dead man walking" 12th inning. SK's Choi Sang-deok recorded a 1-2-3 12th to end the game.
Both teams combined to use 16 pitchers and the game took 5 hours to complete.