Thursday, October 23, 2008

John Ennis MIA? Round 2, Game 6 Update and News

"Korea? Hell Jack, you know me, about all the travelin' I ever done is round a coffee pot lookin' for the handle."

Aaron at the EWC and Jee-ho at the Joongang Daily get the credit for this scoop, at least in the English language sporting press here in Korea. I had no idea what was going on until I received a text from Aaron last night and then read Jee-ho's story this morning. It's been a rough year for foreigners in the KBO not named Garcia, Thomas or Clark.

It sounds like Samsung pitcher, John Ennis, either had a legitimate injury and went home or had a "injury"(what pitcher doesn't have elbow soreness in the playoffs?) and decided his career was more important than the Samsung Lions' playoff hopes.

Given the suddenness of the incident, I get the feeling there was likely a communication issue. Ennis probably told the Lions his elbow was sore and didn't want to pitch in Game 6 on short rest. The Lions, desperate for a starter, probably insisted that Ennis take the mound. Ennis, not wanting to put his elbow in jeopardy for next season, simply fled the country like so many foreigners have before. Ennis was brough in as an arm for hire. Samsung shouldn't be surprised that he acted like one.

Either way, Yoon Sang-hwan is taking the hill for the Lions tonight. Yoon was last seen tossing 5 strong innings during Game 3. Yoon only allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk with 2 K's. Yoon is taking the mound on 3 days rest. It's going to be all hands on deck for the Lions tonight. The situation is just as dire for Doosan. Game 3 starter, Lee Hye-cheon, is also taking the mound on 3 days rest. In Game 3, Lee also went 5 innings, but allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks with 4 K's. This ballgame could take a while. I'm loading up the iPod and making sure I have a few extra comic books to flip through tonight. Maybe I could chug a beer every time a pitching change is made? Nah. I'd be passed out by the 5th inning and have no idea what to write tomorrow.

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