Monday, June 23, 2008

6/20 - 6/22 Weekend Roundup

"Woori? My agent is so fired." Park Eun-kyong tosses out the first pitch at a Heroes game this weekend.

These still crack me up.

Park Chan-ho got another start and he didn't embarrass his country. Good for him.

Doosan vs. KIA

6/20 - Doosan 10, KIA 1
6/21 - Doosan 7, KIA 4
6/22 - Doosan 6, KIA 4

I can't believe the Joongang Daily hasn't given us another "What's wrong with the Tigers," article yet. What's wrong is they're not very good at scoring more runs than the other team.

Friday night was LIMA TIME and he wasn't that bad. Jose finished with 6 innings pitched, allowing 3 runs(2 earned) on 6 hits and 4 walks with 3 K's. Kim Myeong-jae and the Doosan bullpen were just better. Kim tossed only 5 1/3 innings, but he allowed only 2 hits, while striking out 4. The game ball for Doosan goes to pinch hitter/DH Oh Jae-won. Oh delivered a bases loaded double that broke the game open in the 7th inning. Doosan rightfielder, Kim Hyeon-su, chipped in with a 3-4 1 walk, 1 RBI, 1 run scored effort.

Saturday's game was tied at 4 heading into the top of the 9th. KIA called on ace reliever, Han Ki-joo, to take the game into extras. He crapped the bed. Doosan's Jeong Won-seok, delivered a go-ahead homer to take the lead. Ahn Kyeong-hyeon and Woo Jae-won both delivered RBI singles to give Doosan a 3-run cushion heading into the bottom of the 9th. Doosan's Jeong Jae-hoon struck out two in the 9th to record his 13th save of the season.

On Sunday, the two teams traded runs until the game was tied at 3 in the top of the 6th. Doosan called on pinch hitter, Yoo Jae-wong to deliver and deliver he did. Yoo slapped a ringing single to drive in two runs and give Doosan the lead. After tacking on an insurance run in the 9th, Jeong Jae-hoon closed the game out and picked up his 2nd save in as many days.

Hanhwa vs. Woori
6/20 - Hanhwa 13, Woori 2
6/21 - Woori 2, Hanhwa 1
6/22 - Woori 7, Hanhwa 0

If it weren't for the 13-spot and a dominating combined effort from Hanhwa pitching on Friday, I would've had 4 brooms to post today. 4 Hanhwa pitchers combined to limit the Heroes to 7 hits total, while the Hanhwa offense capitalized on almost every Woori mistake. Hanhwa's offense combined for 4 homeruns. Doug Clark started things off with a 3-run bomb in the first. Then Kim Tae-won added a 2-run blast in the third. Followed by Lee Beom-ho's 2-run shot in the 6th. Finally, Kim Tae-won struck again with a solo shot in the 6th. Lee and Kim's 6th inning bombs were back-to-back. It was just a tough day to be a Hero.

Saturday was all abou the pitching. The only Woori pitcher that allowed anything was starter, Jeong Won-sam. The Woori bullpen shut the door on the Hanhwa offense for 3 2/3 innings. Hanhwa starter, Jeong Min-cheol, was good, but not good enough. Jeong lasted 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk. The two runs Jeong surrendered came on solo homers from Woori's Jeong Seong-hoon and Song Ji-man in the first and second innings. The two solo homers proved to be all the O Woori would need.

Woori pitching limited a previously potent Hanhwa offense to just one hit on Sunday. Woori ace, Ma Il-yeong threw 6 1/3 innings of one hit ball. Ma walked 1 and struck out 2. While Hanhwa ace, Ryu Hyeon-jin, got slapped around. Ryu allowed 6 of the 7 Woori runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Woori leadoff hitter, Song Ji-man gets the game ball for going 3-4 with a walk, a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Foreign slugger, Cliff Brumbaugh, drove in two while going 1-3.

Samsung vs. SK

6/20 - SK 12, Samsung 2
6/21 - SK 3, Samsung 1
6/22 - SK 9, Samsung 3
Between the Lions and my beloved White Sox, I'm almost glad I was sick most of the weekend. It spared me the pain of watching my two teams get swept. At least Samsung was swept by a team that has won a championship this century.

Justin Lehr picked up his first KBO victory on Friday night thanks to 4 homeruns from SK batters and some fairly inept offense from the Daegu Nine. SK banged 18 hits off of Samsung pitching. Game balls go to SK first baseman, Lee Jin-yeong, and leftfielder, Park Jae-hong. Lee finished the night 3-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Park went 3-5 with 2 homers, 4 RBI and two runs scored.
Samsung actually held a lead on Saturday. It was 1-0 and it didn't even last an inning. Samsung scored in the top of the 5th and SK tied the game in the bottom of the 5th. SK scored the go ahead run in the 6th on an RBI double from Park Kyeong-wan. The Wyverns tacked on an insurance run in the 8th on another RBI double. This time it was probable all-star shortstop Choi Jeong delivering the big hit. Kenny Rayborn was essentially effectively wild. He allowed 5 hits and 5 walks(!) during his 5 2/3 innings of work, but Samsung could only plate one run against him.

On Sunday, SK ace, Kim Kwang-hyeon turned in a good enough performance. Thanks to the run support, Kim was able to cruise to his 10th W. Kim finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 4 K's. He did surrender 2 long balls.

The big story here was SK's 6-run 6th inning that put the game out of reach. A trio of Samsung relievers walked 5 batters(!) in the inning. 3 RBI singles from the SK lineup were enough to plate 5 of the 6 runs.

Lotte vs. LG

6/20 - Lotte 4, LG 1 (10)
6/21 - Lotte 9, LG 3
6/22 - Lotte 10, LG 0

On Friday, the ballgame was tied at 1 at the end of 9. In the top of the 10th, Lotte busted the game open. Lotte catcher, Kang Min-ho, hit his second homerun of the game to give Lotte the lead for good. LG starting pitcher, Bong Jung-geun deserves a chance to punch his offense in the mouth. Dr. Bong tossed 8 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks with 8 K's. He deserved better than a ND.

Lotte jumped on LG pitching early and often on Saturday. This game was essentially decided after the 4th inning when Lotte struck for a 4-run rally. Lotte third baseman, Lee Dae-ho, gets the game ball for going 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI. LG third baseman, Kim Sang-hyeon, turned in a nice game in a losing effort. Kim went 3-3 with 2 homers, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. He also appeared to be on of the few LG regulars that new a baseball game was being played. Marty McCleary was a big beneficiary of the 9-run outburst. He pitched just well enough to hang on to record his 5th KBO W.

It was more of the same on Sunday. By "more of the same," I mean a complete and soul-crushing loss. Lotte notched runs in the first two innings. The knockout punch was a grandslam from the bat of foreign sensation Karim Garcia. Lotte 2nd baseman, Jo Seong-hwan, finished the game 4-4 with 2 runs scored. Lee Dae-ho had another big game. Lee recored a stat line of 3-4 with a homer, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Lotte starting pitcher, Jo Jeong-hoon, was awesome. Jo finished the day with a complete game shutout. He allowed only 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8.

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