Sorry for the lack of updates, but between a horrible summer cold, a horrible summer camp and the hottest weekend in the history of Daegu, I haven't had the energy to get myself to a pc room and type this up. That's right. Matt is the only guy in all of Korea that doesn't own a computer and he's proud of it.
I promise, unless my principal goes berserk and forces me to redo the entire plan for English camp(unlikely, but I am prepared for anything), I will post a full weekend update with stats tomorrow morning.
If KIA was going to do this, they should have done it a month ago. Jose Lima has actually been adequate of late. Happy trails, Jose, I'm sure you'll land on your feet. Hat tip to Aaron at the EWC.
I'm not sure what's more surprising. That Park Chan-ho looked like a major league pitcher or that he was beaten by Barry "I won a Cy Young Award Once" Zito.
Baek Cha-seung also threw during the weekend and he pitched pretty well.
I guess Centennial Investment chose to pay up and it sounds like we'll get a new sponsor next year. I want to stock up on Woori Heroes gear right now, just in case I can't get any in the future. Actually, no. “I don’t think there was any intention on the Heroes’ part not to pay the fees,” said KBO secretary general Ha Il-sung. Suuuuuuure, just, you know, intentionally missing deadlines and all.
KIA 12, Woori 2
W - Lee Dae-jin (4-8), L - Jang Won-sam (5-6)
The KIA Tigers jumped all over poor(literally) Heroes. 7 of the 12 runs surrendered came in the first 3 innings. Not a good start. KIA centerfielder and leadoff man, Lee Yong-gyu finished 5-6(all singles) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. KIA's Lee Jong-beom went 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI from the #2 slot. It was a good day to be at the top of KIA's lineup.
The game ball goes to KIA starting pitcher Lee Dae-jin. Lee worked 6 strong innings(88 pitches, 46 strikes) of 2-hit baseball. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 4 walks with 1 lonely K. 11 of the 18 outs recorded were groundballs.
Lotte 11, Samsung 3
W - Song Seung-joon (9-4), L - Wes Obermueller (6-7)
Samsung foreign ringers Tom Shearn and Wes Obermueller both made cases for getting an early release on Thursday. Between the two of them, they allowed 9 runs(only 7 earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks in 4 2/3 innings. I think it might be time for these guys to join the management training program at State Farm Insurance, because this baseball thing isn't working out. To add insult to injury, Lotte's Karim Garcia clubbed a 3-run bomb of Shearn in the 9th inning. Garcia finished the night 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. Most of the damage on Obermueller came during a 6-run 5th inning. A two-run double from Lotte's Jo Seong-hwan and a two-run triple from Son Kwang-min accounted for most of the damage.
The game ball goes to Song Seun-joon. Song was the "anti-Obermueller" last night. Song threw 6 innings(94 pitches, 50 strikes), allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 5(!) walks with 4 K's. He pitched in and out of trouble all night and he never gave up the big hit. For that, he gets a game ball.
Hanhwa 6, Doosan 5
W - Yoon Gyu-jin (5-2), L - Lee Jae-woo (7-1), S - Brad Thomas (16)
Both teams battled to a 5-5 tie heading into the bottom of the 8th inning. Hanhwa slugger, Kim Tae-won, untied the game with a solo shot off Lee jae-woo to give the Eagles a 6-5 advantage. Brad Thomas walked 1 batter, but struck out the other 3 to close the door on the Bears.
The gameball goes to Hanhwa shortstop, Kim Min-jae. Kim finished the game 1-3, but the hit was a 2-run bomb in the 4th inning to give Hanhwa a 4-3 advantage.
LG 4, SK 3
W - Jeong Jae-bok (4-6), L - Kim Won-hyeong (7-3)
This one had a wild finish that didn't result in an SK win. Amazing. SK was leading 3-0 in the bottom of the 8th when LG's Jeong Eui-yoon and Park Yong-taek both hit RBI singles to put the score at 3-2. In the bottom of the 9th, LG infielder, Lee Jong-yeol clubbed a solo homer to tie the game and send it into extras. In the bottom of the 10th, it went walk, walk, Sac, hit, ballgame. LG's Ahn Chi-yong drove in the winning run and was subsequently battered by his teammates.
Games balls go to both starting pitchers. SK's Song Eun-beom threw 6 1/3 innings(89 pitches, 57 strikes) of shutout baseball, allowing only 4 hits while striking out 4. LG ace, Bong Jung-geun went 7 strong innings(107 pitches, 64 strikes) he allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks with 6 K's. Both deserved better than an ND.