With the Korean Series in full swing, the KT gives the readers exactly what it wants. Another article about Choo Shin-soo and his plans for the offseason.
I can't seem to get to the EWC this morning and the Joongang Daily only has an article about game 2. As far as I know, this is a scoop!
Cheerbabes wearing short shorts in 50 degree weather? This offering appeases the baseball gods.
Massive gloves. Goofy neck warmer. The baseball gods are displeased again.
SK 3, Doosan 2
W - Jeong Woo-ram, L - Lee Hye-cheon, S - Jeong Dae-hyeon
SK leads the series, 2-1
I know this much. The pitching in this series has been much improved over the first two. Lee Hye-cheon threw well during his 5 1/3 innings(84 pitches, 63 strikes). He allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk with 7 K's. Kenny Rayborn was slightly better than the 2008 version of Kenny Rayborn. He usually allows a lot of base runners, but keeps the opposition off the scoreboard. Last night, Kenny allowed very few base runners and very few runs. In Kenny's 4 1/3 innings(70 pitches, 41 strikes), he allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk with 5 K's. This is a much more watchable series than Samsung/Lotte or Samsung/Doosan was.
The two teams traded runs in the 4th inning. First, SK got on the board thanks to an RBI single from DH, Lee Jae-won. Then, Doosan counter punched in the bottom of the 4th inning. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, Kenny Rayborn tossed a 57 ft. curveball that bounced away from catcher Park Kyeong-won. Doosan's Kim Hyeon-su was able to sprint in from 3rd and tally Doosan's first run.
SK struck again in the 6th inning. With a runner on 1st and 1 out, Doosan pulled starter Lee Hye-chan for ace reliever Lee Jae-woo. Lee quickly recorded the 2nd out. He was left in to face SK 3rd baseman Choi Jeong. Choi turned on the 1st pitch he saw and put it over the left field fence for a 2-run bomb and a 3-1 SK lead.
Doosan would threaten in the 6th. With the bases loaded and 2 outs, reliever Cho Wong-cheon would strike out Yoo Jae-won to end the threat. Doosan got one back in the bottom of the 7th inning. Cho was left in to face Choi Seung-hwan. Choi clubbed the ball over the fence for a solo homer. Choi's bomb made the score 3-2.
Doosan would threaten again in the 9th. Yoo Jae-wong would lead off with a single. With one out, Lee Jong-wook put the go ahead run on base with a seeing-eye single up the middle. Ko Yeong-min dumped a base hit into left to load the bases with one out. The 2008 batting champ, Kim Hyeon-su, stepped to the plate with 1 out and the sacks packed. Kim swung at SK closer Jeong Dae-hyeon's first offering. He hit a grounder up the middle that was cleanly fielded and turned for a double play. Game over.
Kim is now hitting .076 for the series. Doosan needs him to start hitting baseballs if they're going to get back into this series.
The action continues tonight at 6pm at Seoul's Jamsil Stadium. Game 1 starter, Matt Randel gets the nod for Doosan. SK will allow Kim Kwang-hyeon to get his full rest. Song Eun-beom gets the start for the Wyverns. Song finished the regular season 8-6 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. In 114 2/3 innings of work, Song struck out 77 and walked 37.