Monday, June 16, 2008

6/13 - 6/15 Weekend Roundup

The Blue-man group throws out the first pitch at the LG/Hanhwa game on Saturday.

Yang Mi-ra tosses out the first pitch before the SK/KIA game on Sunday, while an umpire looks on approvingly. Nice form, indeed.
The Korea Times posts an article that isn't about foreign devils or Park Chan-ho. It's about Cleveland Indians Outfielder Choo Shin-soo. He's tearing the cover off the far. Thanks to interleague play, Choo was able to bat against Baek Cha-seung.
Choi Hoon makes me smile.

Samsung vs. Doosan
6/13 - Samsung 6, Doosan 3
6/14 - Doosan 14, Samsung 3
6/15 - Samsung 9, Doosan 1

I was actually in attendence on Friday night. These are not the Lions that I remember from '06 or even '07. Missing from the lineup were Shim Chang-su, Park Han-yi, Jin Kab-yong or Park Jong-ho. These are the "Get-to-know-your" Lions. Yang Joon-hyeok is still around, but he's starting to look like he'd rather be fishing. After a 7th inning brushback pitch, Yang fell to the ground and looked surprised that he was able to stand up again. Not good times for the slugger.

Friday night was the best game Samsung had played in a week. Wes Obermueller pitched in and out of jams, but a few key strikeouts kept Doosan off the board for most of the early innings. The difference in this one was Samsung's Choi Hyung-woo. Choi clubbed 2 homers while going 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

This game also featured a bit of a dustup in the 6th inning. Wes Obermueller let one get a little too close to Doosan slugger, Lee Dong-joo. Lee took offense to the pitch and, while walking to first, exchanged words with Wes. Some pushing and shoving ensued and order was eventually restored. I had no idea Korean fans liked this stuff so much. Wes got a standing O when he left the game.
Saturday night's pasting was the type of effort I've gotten used to from this pitching staff. I'm starting to think Tom Shearn won't be long for these shores if he continues to get slapped around like he did, well, in every game he's pitched. Doosan's Kim Dong-ju did most of the damage. He went 3-3 with a walk, a homer, 6 RBI and 2 runs scored. Doosan 2nd baseman, Ko Yong-min, went 2-3 with a homer, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Doosan starting pitcher, Kim Seon-woo, cruised to an easy victory. Kim tossed 6 innings(89 pitches, 56 strikes), allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 2. Choi Hyung-woo hit his third homer of the weekend for Samsung.

Sunday was a completely different story. It's one thing to be inconsistent, but its another to be WILDLY inconsistent. Joe Morgan would have a heart attack watching this team. In the 4th inning, Samsung actually trailed 1-0, and then scored 9 unanswered runs in the next 5 innings. Only one Lions starter didn't reach base during the 9-run outburst. I'm looking at you Park Jin-man. Samsung 3rd baseman, Park Seok-min, swung a big stick for Samsung. He finished the day 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI. It was Samsung's turn to have their starter cruise to an easy victory. Yoon Seong-hwan tossed 6 innings(81 pitches, 49 strikes) allowing 1 run on 3 hits and two walks, while striking out 6.

LG vs Hanhwa
6/13 - LG 8, Hanhwa 3
6/14 - Hanhwa 14, LG 4
6/15 - Hanhwa 7, LG 4

LG jumped all over Hanhwa starter Choi Yeong-pil and then jumped all over reliever, Yang Hoon. Yang is in the running for the KBO's Cy Yuck Award this year. He's sporting an ERA of 7.67 in 61 innings. LG starter, Chris Oxspring cruised to his 7th victory while Roberto Petagine had a big day at the plate. Petagine went 2-4 with a double, 2 walks, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.

It didn't take long for Hanhwa to get its offense back on track. A 6-run 6th inning and a 5-run 7 inning where more than enough to doom LG, despite the 7 walks and 2 hit batsmen from Hanhwa pitching. Choo Seung-woo had a big night at the plate for Hanhwa. Choo finished 4-6 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored. He was a homer away from the cycle. Doug Clark clobbered his 15th homerun of the season on a 2-run bomb in the 3rd inning.

On Sunday, Hanhwa overcame some shaky starting pitching to stay in this game and pick up the W. Hanhwa starter, Jeong Min-cheol was chased from the game after only 2 2/3 innings. It was up to the Hanhwa bullpen to keep it close until the offense could get the Eagles back in the game. Hanhwa trailed 4-3 until the top of the 8th. The Eagles put up a 4 spot to take the lead for good. A 2-run triple from Shin Kyung-hyeon proved to be the difference. Brad Thomas tossed a 1-2-3 9th for his 13th save of the season.

Lotte vs. Woori
6/13 - Lotte 3, Woori 2 (10)
6/14 - Lotte 8, Woori 2
6/15 - Lotte 6, Woori 3

Woori actually lead Friday night's game 2-1 heading into the 9th, but Son Shin-yong gave up an RBI single to Lotte's Jeong Su-geun to tie the game at 2. In the 10th a costly error from Woori outfielder, Jeong Seong-hoon, led to Karim Garcia scoring the winning run. The game balls go to the starting pitchers. Both pitched well enough to earn the W. Lotte ace, Son Min-han, threw 8 innings(115 pitches, 74 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Woori starter, Kim Soo-kyeong, threw 6 innings(107 pitches, 62 strikes) allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 3.

Errors continued to plague Woori on Saturday as well. Errors in the 3rd and 5th innings helped Lotte to victory on Saturday. Between Kang Min-ho's 3-run homer in the 5th and Cho Seong-hwan constantly being on base, Woori never had a prayer in this one. Lee Dae-ho also added a 2-run double while going 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. The Woori offense banged out 14 hits and drew two walks, but they left 14(!) runners stranded.

Woori held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th on Sunday, but the bullpen completely blew up in the 8th inning. Lotte banged out six hits and drew a walk during the inning. Two of the hits were doubles and one was a triple. Marty McCleary bounced back from his awful start against Doosan earlier in the week. McCleary tossed 7 innings(92 pitches, 56 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 1. Choi Hyang-nam tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning to record his 6th save of the season.
6/13 - SK 14, KIA 6
6/14 - KIA 8, SK 2
6/15 - SK 10, KIA 1

SK pitcher, Chae Byeong-ryong was awful on Friday night. He didn't make it out of the first inning. He only allowed 3 runs, but they came on a 3-run bomb from Chae Jeong-beom. After the rocky start, SK quickly turned to its bullpen to piece together a W. The good thing for SK was that Jose Lima was even worse. He didn't make it out of the first inning either. He allowed 6 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk and one hit batsman. A 2-run bomb from Na Joo-hwan chased Lima from the game. 4 different SK batters finished with 3 hits. Choi Jeong had the biggest night of the bunch. He finished 3-4 with 1 walk, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.

KIA struck back on Saturday night behind a strong effort from starting pitcher, Seo Jae-weong. Seo tossed 5 innings(79 pitches, 51 strikes), allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. KIA centerfielder, Lee Yong-gyu, finished the night 3-5 with 2 RBI and one run scored. KIA reliever, Yoo Dae-hoon, gets the gameball for tossing 3 innings of relief and only allowing 1 hit.

Sunday was the return of SK pitcher, Kenny Rayborn, to his 2007 form. Kenny tossed 7 innings(107 pitches, 60 strikes) allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. The only SK regular that didn't get a hit was Na Joo-hwan and he walked twice. Park Kyeong-won, Park Jeong-kwon and Park Chae-hong all homered during the route of KIA. Felix Diaz made his KBO debut. It was just okay. He tossed 2 innings allowing 1 run on two hits and 1 walk. The 1 run came on a Park Jae-hong solo homer.

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