Friday, June 13, 2008

6/12 Roundup and News

"First hit!" I believe this is supposed to be Samsung rookie Hyeon Jae-yoon, who did in fact record his first hit two nights ago.

The KIA Tigers make the long walk to the bus after losing in the 14th inning. Let's see, games usually start at 6:30 and this one finished around 12:45. That's over 6 hours. Even with a rain delay, that's an awfully long game.

The Korea Times resident Tigers fan posts another article.
Doosan 9, Lotte 4
W - Kim Sang-hyeon(2-0), L - Jang Won-joon(5-5)

Lotte actually held a 4-2 lead heading into the 5th inning, but Lotte starting pitcher, Jang Won-joon(3.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), imploded by giving up 3 runs, while only getting one out in the 5th. At that point Doosan lead only 5-4. Lotte manager, Jerry Royster, called upon reliever, Bae Jang-ho(3.03 ERA, 1.52 WHIP), to get him out of the jam. Bae faced 3 hitters and surrendered hits to all three and gave up another 3 runs.

The game ball goes to Doosan's Ko Yeong-min(.267/.381/.396) and Lotte's Kang Min-ho(.312/.385/.520, 10 HR, 40 RBI). Ko finished the night 2-3 with a double, 1 RBI and one run scored, but his 5th inning double was one of the key hits of the inning. Kang finished the night 1-3 with a double and 3 RBI, but he drove in runs in 3 different innings.

Hanhwa 9, Samsung 2
W - Song Jin-woo(4-2), L - Yoon Seong-hwan (3-7)

That's right. A broom and a dustpan for these sad sacks. Hanhwa lead 9-0 at one point. Thank god Samsung scored those two runs during those two fake rallies. 9-2 isn't nearly as embarassing as 9-0. Whatever.

At the plate for Hanhwa it was just too much Kim Tae-gyun(.343/.430/.713, 18 HR, 58 RBI) and Lee Beom-ho(.276/.376/.471) Kim finished 2-3 with a walk, a homer, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. While Lee went 2-3 with a walk, a double, a homer, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored. Hanhwa jumped all over Samsung starter, Yoon Seong-hwan(4.29 ERA, 1.51 WHIP), in the 1st inning and again all over the Samsung bullpen in the 7th inning.

Hanhwa starting pitcher, Song Jin-woo(3.50 ERA, 1.47 WHIP), cruised to an easy W. He tossed 6 2/3 innings(107 pitches, 6o strikes) allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He added 4 K's to his season total.

SK 19, LG 5
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon(8-3), L - Lee Jae-yeong (0-2)

The technical word for this game is "a pantsing." SK essentially walked up to LG, pulled their pants around their ankles and gave them a slap, just to make sure everyone would laugh and point. Heading into the 5th inning, the score was 17-0 and that makes it sound close. In the immortal words of Ken"The Hawk" Harrelson, "Well, we got 'em right where we want 'em, padner." If this were a fantasy league, people would be sending the LG manager messages like, "Maybe next year you should try this with a partner."

The less said about this one, the better, so let's get down to it. SK pulled Kim Kwang-hyeon(2.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) after 5 innings and only 61 pitches. I think the LG manager hung himself after Kim didn't come out for the 6th with only 61 pitches.

At the plate, every SK starter got a hit. Jeong Gun-woo(.301/.367/.415, 19 SB's) and Choi Jeong(.335/.417/.458) had the biggest nights. Jeong went 3-6 with a homer, 5 RBI and two runs scored. Choi went 3-6 with 2 homers, 4 RBI and two runs scored.

LG's Choi Dong-su(.287/.364/.524, 10 HR 39 RBI) had a nice night. He finished 2-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and a run scored.

Woori 2, KIA 1 (14)
W - Kim Yeong-min(1-2), L - Son Yeong-min (4-1)

This game was a war of attrition. Tied 1-1 at the end of a wet 9 innings, these two teams headed to extras. It looked like KIA would take the lead in the tenth, but a pair of K's from Hwang Doo-seong(2.64 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) ended the threat. Not much happened until the 14th inning. Woori put runners at 1st and third with a walk and an infield single. KIA intentionally walked Lee Sung-yong(.252/.351/.346) to load the bases with only one out. The next batter, Kang Jeong-ho(.208/.261/.296) ended the game with a base hit through the left side.

The game ball goes to KIA starting pitcher, Yoon Seok-min(2.57 ERA, 8-3, 1.18 WHIP). Yoon is having a career year this season. He threw 8 1/3 strong innings(122 pitches, 73 strikes) allowing 1 run on 7 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4.

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