Thursday, June 12, 2008

6/11 Roundup and News

I don't know why, but these little cartoons crack me up.

KIA 4, Woori, 0
W - Lee Beom-seok(3-3), L - Ma Il-yeong

Between Lee(3.15 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) and Yoo Dong-hoon(2.36 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), KIA pitching only allowed 6 baserunners last night. Lee worked 7 innings(92 pitches, 58 strikes) allowing only 4 hits and one walk, while striking out 6. Yoon only allowed one hit during his two innings of work. At the plate for KIA, Jae Jong-beom(.137/.182/.196 in 51 AB's) went 1-2 with a 2-run homer.

Ma Il-yeong(3.13 ERA 1.21 WHIP) didn't pitch very well, but he didn't get much help from his offense or his defense. The offense was shutout and the defense committed two errors. This was an ugly effort from Woori.

Hanhwa 13, Samsung 8
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin(6-3), L - Lee Sang-mok (5-4)

Speaking of ugly efforts. Hanhwa has torched Samsung pitching for the last two nights. Hanhwa actually lead 11-3 at one point. Only a 5-run fake rally in the 7th inning made the final look almost respectable. Samsung starter, Lee Sang-mok(4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), was bad, but the Samsung bullpen was worse.

Ryu Hyeon-jin(3.67 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) wasn't great, but he was good enough to win even without the 13-run offensive outburt. Ryu lasted 6 innings(91 pitches, 52 strikes) allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk with 5 K's. The only ball that was hit really hard was a 5th inning solo homerun from Choi Hyeong-woo(.248/.318/.427). It wasn't until the Hanhwa bullpen came in that Samsung started pitching. Ahn Yeong-myeong(5.46 ERA, 4-0, 1.61 WHIP) finally answered the question, "What would happen if a pitcher decided to drink 10 bottles of soju before coming in?" The answer? Give up 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 2/3 of an inning.

Hanhwa's top contributers last night were Kim Tae-gyun(.337/.424/.697, 17 HR, 55 RBI), Choo Sung-woo(.298/.363/.355) and Doug Clark(.311/.398/.588, 14 HR 62 runs scored, 44 RBI) Kim went only 1-6, but his one hit was a 4th inning grand slam. Choo went 3-5 with a double, a stolen base and 4 runs scored. Clark finished the night with a 2-4, 1 run scored and 2 RBI stat line.

Doosan 5, Lotte 4
W - Jeong Jae-hoon(2-1), L - Choi Hyang-nam(0-1)
Lotte was trailing 4-3 heading into the top of the 9th and Doosan called upon closer, Jeong Jae-hoon(4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP), to hold the lead. He allowed Lotte to tie in short order. It went, walk, sacrifice, single, tie. Lotte turned to Choi Hyang-nam(2.42 ERA, 0.73 WHIP) to send the game into extras. He also failed. A walkoff single spelled D-O-O-M for the Lotte reliever.

Lotte banged out 14 hits and drew 4 walks on the night, but they had trouble plating runners in scoring position all night. Doosan's Justin Lehr(5.28 ERA, 0-2, 1.83 WHIP) surrendered 10 hits in just 5 2/3 innings, but he only allowed 2 runs. Lotte had 4 batters with at least 2 hits, but not a single batter with more than 1 RBI or run scored. I'll give game ball status to Lotte's Jeong Soo-gun(.302/.415/.356). Jeong went 2-4 with a walk, a stolen base, 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Doosan's Kim Hyeon-su(.355/.451/.500) also had a big game. Kim finished 3-4 with a double, a triple, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He was a homerun away from the cycle.

SK 6, LG 1
W - Song Eun-beom(6-2), L - Jeong Chan-han(3-6)
SK jumped all over LG starter, Jeong Chan-han(5.01 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) and got enough quality pitching to earn the W. Jeong gave up 5 of SK's 6 runs in just five innings. SK's Park Jae-sang(.319/.413/.415) did the most damage against Jeong. He went 2-2 against Jeong, but 0-3 against the LG bullpen. Park smacked a double and a triple. He scored and drive in runs on both hits. His final line was 2-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Kim Jae-hyeon(.321/.416/.486) also drove in 2 runs for SK.

SK starter, Song Eun-bom(3.79 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), kept LG batters off balance for most of his 6 innings pitched. Song allowed only 5 hits and 1 walk with 1 K while earning the W.

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