Wednesday, September 17, 2008

9/12 - 9/14 Weekend Roundup

On with the very late weekend roundup. My continued apologies for my vacation.

We get not one, but two reasonably well-written pieces from the Korea Times today. First, a look at Choo Shin-soo and Baek Cha-seung. Although this one mentions the words "record" and "Choi Hee-seop" in the same sentence. True, Choo should break his, erm, record for hits in a season by a South Korean, but do we have to mention him by name? I would have more confidence in Choo if I didn't know that he was still trying to break a record set by Choi Hee-seop.

Also, Lee Seung-yeop is healthy and on fire right now. I'll always have room for Lee in my blog. He's from Daegu, he seems like a genuinely nice guy and he's had a run of bad luck while trying to do the right thing for his country. It probably would have been smarter to skip the Olympic qualifiers and the Olympics and focus on getting his swing in shape for the NPB season, but he knew he was needed on the roster, so he went.

Doosan vs. KIA
9/12 - Doosan 8, KIA 3
9/13 - Doosan 8 KIA 3
9/14 - Doosan 12, KIA 2

Wow, talk about your depantsing. The combined score for this series was 28-8 and that makes it sound close. The only game KIA even held a lead in was the Friday night game. After Friday's 5th inning, KIA was outscored 28-5 for the rest of the weekend. I think the KIA bat boy turned in his baseball uniform for a caddy outfit. With Doosan, SK and Lotte clicking on all cylinders, this could be a VERY interesting post season in the KBO.

The Heroes vs. LG
9/12 - Heroes 2, LG 1
9/13 - LG 5, Heroes 3
9/14 - LG 9, Heroes 0

Yeesh, talk about a lousy match up for the last real weekend in the KBO(we're on a "makeup schedule" from here on out). The KBO box scores claim the attendence for the 3-game series was just under 8,000. I refuse to believe that any one was actually watching this matchup at the stadium. I'm assuming the attendence figures count the vendors and TV viewers as well. Friday night's game was a fairly entertaining pitchers duel. LG's Jeong Chan-heon outdueled The Heroes' Ma Il-yeong. Jeong tossed 7 scoreless, while Ma lasted 7 1/3 but surrendered 1 run. The LG bullpen coughed up the lead in the 9th and Shingo came on for another save. Saturday's game was over before it started. LG scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings and coasted to an easy W. On Sunday, Choi Won-ho shut The Heroes out for 6 2/3 innings while the LG Twins battered the Woori bullpen and took advantage of some poor defense to score of their 9 runs in the last 3 innings.

SK vs. Hanhwa
9/12 - SK 4, Hanhwa 3
9/13 - Hanhwa 5, SK 2
9/14 - SK 2, Hanhwa 1

This series felt like a post season series. SK is stuck in that bizarre spot where they have to keep everyone sharp, but also need to get their regulars some rest. Good thing this team is plenty deep. Friday nights' contest saw Hanhwa closer, Brad Thomas, get walked off by a Kim Kang-min base hit. Hanhwa battled all night on Saturday to earn the W. Hanhwa outfielder Yeon Kyeong-heum drove in a pair of key runs for the Eagles. Then on Sunday, SK walked off Hanhwa again, but this time in extra innings. SK's Jo Dong-hwa drilled a base hit down the rightfield line with the bases loaded to win the game in the 12th inning. This could very well have been the game that took Hanhwa out of the playoff picture.

Samsung vs. Lotte
9/12 - Samsung 6, Lotte 3
9/13 - Lotte 6, Samsung 5
9/14 - Lotte 9, Samsung 1

The crowd in Daegu was decidedly very pro-Lotte for this entire series. I guess a lot of Daegu transplants came up for the weekend. On Friday, Samsung's bend-but-often-break pitching staff bent and bent, but just wouldn't crack. Lotte banged out 11 hits and drew 3 walks, but they had a hard time plating runs. Between a Jin Kab-yong homer and some timely hitting from Choi Hyeong-woo, Samsung scraped together enough of an offense to win. On Saturday, Lotte jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and held on for the W. David Cortes tossed 2 innings to earn the save. Lotte's Park Ki-hyeok went 2-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Sunday's game was an out and out depantsing plus a wet willie. 9-1 makes the game sound close. During a 5-run 6th inning both Lee Dae-ho and Karim Garcia hit homeruns. On the mound for Lotte, Song Seung-joon cruised to an easy W. He worked 7 innings of 1 run ball. Yikes, Happy Chuseok Daegu!

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