Heroes catcher, Kim Dong-su, played in his 2,000th career KBO game on Tuesday night. Kim has played 19 years in the KBO and he celebrates his 40th birthday next month. He also hit his 200th career KBO homer this season. He enjoyed 20 homer seasons twice in his career, both seasons with LG in '93 and '98 respecively. His finest season actually came in 2003 as a member of the league champion Hyundai Unicorns. Kim hit .308 in 367 ABs, clubbed 16 homers and drove in 68 runs.
Kim Kwang-hyeon wants the pitching triple crown. It would probably make more sense to limit his workout before the playoffs. Kim has thrown more than twice as many innings this year as he did last year.
On to the roundup...
The Heroes 4, Doosan 2
W - Jang Won-sam (11-8), L - Kim Sun-woo (6-6), S - Shingo Takatsu (7)
Doosan starter, Kim Sun-woo, was absolutely lit up last night. He was lifted after a 40-pitch 1st inning. He did record all three outs by strike out, but he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits. The Heroes starter, Jang Won-sam, was able to cruise to victory. Jang tossed 7 2/3 innings(127 pitches, 85 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk with 4 K's. Shingo recorded the last 5 outs and lowered his ERA to 0.96.
SK 2, LG 1
W - Chae Byeong-yong (10-2), L - Chris Oxspring (10-10), S - Lee Seung-ho (2)
LG scored its one and only run thanks to a solo homer in the 2nd inning from infielder, Kim Sang-hyeon. Chris Oxspring was able to keep SK off the board, until he seemed to run out of gas in the 8th inning. He surrendered a 2-RBI double to SK's Park Jae-sang. Oxspring worked all 8 innings(115 pitches, 78 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 10 hits with 4 K's. SK starter, Chae Byeong-yong was a little better. Chae worked 8 2/3 innings(101 pitches, 69 strikes) allowing just the 1 run on 6 hits with 6 K's. This is the first game I remember in seeing, perhaps ever, that a base on balls was NOT issued. Both pitchers stayed in the zone and ahead of hitters. This game was an absolute pleasure to watch.
Samsung 8, Lotte 5
W - Bae Yong-su (9-8), L - Jo Jeong-hoon (5-3), S - Oh Seung-hwan (37)
Now that the Giants are in the playoffs they are clearly stat paddin' for the rest of the season. They scored 4 of their 5 runs on homers last night. They hit 4 of them. Park Jong-yoon in the 3rd, Kang Min-ho and Son Kwang-min in the 6th and Karim Garcia in the 8th. 4 of the teams 7 hits left the park and they struck out 7 times. Everyone wants to add an extra homer or two to the season total. Samsung added two long balls of their own. Both were also solo shots. Choi Hyeong-woo connected in the 2nd and Shin Myeong-cheol connected in the 3rd. Wait. Shin Myeong-cheol and home run do not belong in the same sentence unless it also has the words "does not hit." In over 1700 career at bats, Shin has exactly 19 homers. Slightly less than 1 homer in every 100 tries. On the season, Shin is sporting a robust .224 slugging %. Park Jin-man finished the night 2-3 with a walk, a double and 3 RBI. The double was the key hit in a 5-run rally in the 3rd inning.