According to the Korea Times, the only way to win gold medals isn't by scoring runs. It's by striking chumps out! I don't think the Korean team would be in that much trouble if they went with Son Min-han, Chae Byeong-yong and Bong Jung-gun as their top three starters and used Kim and Ryu in special situations.
Speaking of Ryu Hyeon-jin, he's felt something in his elbow. Uh-oh.
Baek Cha-seung didn't fare that well against the cubs.
SK vs. Woori
This game was a washout. Rain, rain, go away.
Lotte 2, Doosan 1
W - Marty McCleary(4-2), L - Lee Hye-cheon(2-3), S - Choi Hyang-nam(4)
These teams combined for 7 hits and 6 walks. Combined. Lotte mounted a two-run, error assisted rally in the 3rd inning. Kim Ju-chan(.277/.358/.315) delivered an RBI single, while Lee Dae-ho(.330/.425/.524, 45 RBI) drove in the second run with a sacrifice. Doosan scored its only run on an RBI double from Kim Hyeon-su(.350/.442/.487).
Marty McCleary(4.78 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) showed he was good for something other than bringing the pretzels to Jerry Royster's poker game last night. McCleary worked 8 1/3 strong innings(116 pitches, 69 strikes) allowing only one run on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4.
LG 7, Samsung 1
W - Bong Jung-gun(6-5), L - Tom Shearn(0-1)
Tom Shearn's(In Korean, 션) Samsung debut was fairly forgettable. He pitched well until he started giving up runs. In the 5th inning, the floodgates opened and he was chased from the game. His final statline was 4 innings of work(92 pitches, 57 strikes) while allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. He added two strikeouts. LG ace, Bong Jung-gun(3.14 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), pitched like the seasoned vet that he is. Dr. Bong worked 7 strong innings(114 pitches, 72 strikes) allowing only 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 7.
At the plate for LG, Roberto Petagine(.346/.460/.481 in 52 AB's) clubbed his first KBO homerun. It was a solo shot in the 4th inning off of Shearn. The game ball goes to LG's Ahn Chi-yong(.384/.463/.661). Ahn went 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. The Yang Joon-hyeok comeback continued last night. Yang(.225/.330/.338) was one of the few bright spots for Samsung last night. He went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI triple(!). There's still tread on them tires! The triple was the 24th of his career.
Hanhwa 4, KIA 1
W - Yoo Won-seong(3-3), L - Oh Jun-hyeong(0-1), S - Brad Thomas(12)
10 pitchers were used in this contest and not a single pitcher lasted more than 3 innings. This game was managed like an elimination game of the Korean playoffs if both teams had burned through their pitching staffs in the previous game.
Doug Clark(.313/.396/.602, 14 HR, 59 runs scored, 42 RBI) took a tough tumble on a ball in the first inning. It looked like he would have to come out, but like the warrior that he is(we're talking Conan with a bat here), he stayed in the game. I get the impression that he's popular in the Hanhwa clubhouse. There seemed to be a lot of guys out there to check on him.
KIA's Kim Won-seop(.346/.445/.418) had an interesting stat line. 0-4 with 4 walks. Honestly, I have no idea who to give a game ball to here. Nothing that remarkable happened offensively, on the mound or on D. Since I'm pressed, I'll give it to Hanhwa's Kim Tae-gyun(.342/.435/.711, 15 HR, 46 RBI) for going 2-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored.