Thursday, April 16, 2009

4/15 Roundup and News

The Doosan/Seoul Heroes and Hanwha/Samsung games were both rained out last night.

If you want to read a day late translation of a Naver article from the Korea Times on Yang Joon-hyeok, here you go.

Jason at the Joongang Daily discusses the rising attendance this season.

Am I the only one that thinks a baseball stadium for roughly $40 million sounds cheap? The baseball facilities do need to be upgraded in Korea, but I'd like to see some thought put into it. You know, build a good stadium instead of building a crappy stadium really quickly. I just hope they remember to build adequate parking facilities.

Lotte 1, KIA 0
W - Jon Adkins (1-0), L - Kim Yeong-su (0-1)

If you go back to Sunday's game against Hanwha and include the first 8 innings of this game, Lotte had been shutout for 19 consecutive innings. Kang Min-ho ended the drought in the 9th inning when he drove in pinch runner Choi Man-ho with a game-winning single. KIA's Seo Jae-weong and Lotte's Jang Won-joon were both very good. Seo was a little wild during his 7 innings of work(117 pitches, 76 strikes), but he was able to keep Lotte off the scoreboard. He took a no-hitter into the 6th. Seo allowed 2 hits and 5 walks. He recorded 6 strikeouts on the evening. Jang was a little better. He threw 8 shutout innings(96 pitches, 61 strikes) and he allowed only 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4 Tigers. Royster was grilled about his use of the bullpen after the game. It sounded like the announce crew wanted to know why he pulled Kang Yeong-sik after only 2 batters. He says he was simply playing matchups and that's the way he's always done it. He wanted Adkins to face the righty.

SK 4, LG 4

SK held a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the 6th, but a 4 run rally left the Wyverns staring at a 4-3 deficit. With a runner on first and 1 out, LG 3rd baseman Jeong Dong-su hit a Jeon Byeong-doo pitch over the left field fence to make the score 3-2. Lee Jin-yeong legged out an infield single to put a runner on for Choi Dong-su. Kim Won-hyeong came in to relieve Jeon. Choi promptly hit a 2-run homer to give LG a 4-3 advantage. The score would remain 4-3, until the bottom of the 9th. Woo Gyu-min came in to relieve LG ace Bong Jung-geun. Bong had worked 8 solid innings(111 pitches, 71 strikes). He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks with 8 K's. Pinch hitter, Park Jeong-kwon lead off the inning with an infield single. It was a slow bouncer up the middle that took FOR...E...VER to reach the shortstop. Na Ju-hwan bunted Park over to 2nd. Pinch hitter Kim Jae-hyeon bounced out to short. Jeong-kwon was unable to advance. The next batter, SK 2nd baseman Jeong Geun-woo, drilled a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a base hit. Park was able to score standing up on a fairly mediocre throw from LG centerfielder Lee Jin-yeong to tie the game at 4. On to extras. Nothing remotely interesting happened until the bottom of the 12th. SK had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, but quickly grounded into a double play and a force out to end the game.


Erik said...

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about a domed stadium. One of my favorite things about going to the Doosan Bears games at Jamshil is that I get to sit out in the sun and drink cold beer.

As for the cost, the revised plan is actually $40 million MORE than the original. I hope its spent on increasing the size of the stadium to accommodate more than 30,000 fans. Last weekend the Doosan vs. LG game was not just sold out - it was oversold. I stood for most of the game.

As for your concerns about parking, the artist's rendering doesn't seem to show any at all. Even worse, the entrances seem to face major streets, which will make for major pedestrian crowding before games.

I love the blog. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

somebody has got to fix their facility. It's ridiculous for a fact that there's been a many player that got hurt pretty badly because of the facility.

stadium cost 40 million sound really cheap in US, compare to, oh well, the new yankees stadium or the citi fields that the mets have, but to Korea, that doesn't make any contribution to any professional sports league other than their over-hyped low attendee soccer, 40 million dollar sure sound good.

Did anyone go to the Stadium where the SK plays?? how is it like???
(cause i heard that's baseball park is the only place decent enough to play.)

Marc said...

I thought the plans would call for at least 40,000 to host WBC Games? I could see Doosan and LG moving into the dome and the Heroes going to Jamsil if this happens.