No news to report. Well, I guess rain counts as news. So, it rained a lot this weekend.
On to the weekend that was...
LG vs Lotte
7/18 - LG 4, Lotte 3
7/19 - PPD
7/20 - PPD
On Friday night, Lotte actually held a 3-1 lead heading into the 8th inning. LG's Ahn Ji-yong clobbered a double to put a runner on for Roberto Petagine. Petagine tied the score with a two-run bomb. The next batter, Choi Dong-su blasted a solo shot to untie the game. LG's Jeong Jae-bok retired the final two outs to give LG the come-from-behind-win. Son Min-han pitched very well for the Giants and deserved better than a ND. Son tossed 7 innings(108 pitches, 67 strikes) allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks with 2 K's.
Saturday and Sunday were both washed out.
Woori vs SK
7/18 - SK 3, Woori 2 (10)
7/19 - PPD
7/20 - PPD
It took 10 innings for the Heroes and the Wyverns to sort out Friday night's affair. With the score tied at 2, the game headed for extras. It didn't take SK long to untie the score. SK's Lee Jin-yeong drew the dreaded leadoff walk. Kim Jae-hyeon followed with another walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Park Jae-hon clubbed a fly ball to DEEP centerfield. Lee was able to advance to third to put runners on the corners with 1 out. Choi Jeong hit a ground ball to the hole at short. LG was able to get the force at second, but Lee was able to scamper across the plate to untie the game. SK reliever, Jo Wong-cheon was able to retire all 7 batters he faced in order during his 2 1/3 innings of relief work. He closed the door on any attempt of a late inning comeback from Woori.
Samsung vs. Hanhwa
7/18 - Samsung 3, Hanhwa 0
7/19 - Samsung 4, Hanhwa 3
7/20 - Samsung 5, Hanhwa 4
The weather in Daegu was actually quite nice last weekend. Suprisingly, Samsung was able to take advantage and sweep the Eagles.
Friday night was simply a case of Yoon Seung-hwan beating an aggressive Hanhwa lineup. In Yoon's 7 scoreless innings(107 pitches, 73 strikes) of work, he allowed only 1 walk and 4 hits while striking out 9. I honestly can't remember the last time a Samsung pitcher looked as good as Yoon did on Friday. Samsung outfielder, Park Han-yi, had a big night at the plate for the Lions. Park finished 3-4 with a homer, 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Saturday was turn back the clock night at Citizen Ballpark in Daegu. The Lions dressed in their uni's from 1985. I have no idea what they were celebrating. The 23rd anniversary? Strange. The boys looked razor sharp. Hanhwa held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, but Samsung struck for a 3 spot to take the lead. Choi Yong-woo lead off the inning with a double. Then, the Hanhwa reliever drilled Kim Chang-hee in the leg to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Hanhwa called on Brad Thomas to get them out of the jam. After recording the first out quickly, Jin Kab-yong hit a lazy fly ball to short rightfield. The Hanhwa outfielder couldn't find the handle on the ball and allowed it to fall in for a hit. Samsung's Kim Myeong-cheol hit a lazy fly ball to left that wasn't quite deep enough to score Choi from 3rd. With two outs and the bases loaded, Thomas uncorked a wild pitch to allow the 2nd Samsung run to score. Park Han-yi laced a single into left to score two runs. Samsung took a 4-2 lead. In the 9th inning, Hanhwa was able to offer up a fake rally, but were unable to get the tying run across the plate.
Sunday was more of the same for the Lions. This time, they scored 3 runs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 4 and then walked off the Eagles in the 9th inning. The 8th inning rally was capped by a 3-run bomb from Samsung centerfielder, Park Han-yi. In the 9th inning, Choi Yeong-woo lead off with a double. Chae Tae-in was intentionally walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Shin Myeong-cheol hit a deep fly ball to center. Hanhwa centerfielder, Doug Clark was playing very shallow and was unable to track down the monster fly. The winning run scored and Shin was doused with ice water by his teammates.
KIA vs Doosan
7/18 - KIA 4, Doosan 3
7/19 - KIA 5, Doosan 4
7/20 - PPD
Doosan held a 3-2 lead on Friday night heading into the 6th inning, but a 2-run double from Lee Jong-beom gave the Tigers the lead for good. Lee finished the night 3-4 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kane Davis was very effective for the KIA on Friday. Davis tossed 7 1/3 innings(120 pitches, 81 strikes) allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks with 8 K's.
KIA followed a similar recipe for success on Saturday night. They mixed adequate pitching with enough timely hitting to earn another W. Lee Jae-joo finished the night 3-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Choi Hee-seop(remember him?) clobbered a 2-run bomb in the 5th inning that proved to be the difference on the scoreboard. KIA starting pitcher, Lee Dae-jin, tossed 6 2/3 innings(92 pitches, 52 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 3 K's.