The KBO and its broadcasting partners are involved in a dispute. Apparently, the KBO wants broadcasters to pay around 1.4 billion won for the broadcasting rights to KBO games. The broadcasters don't want to pay it because of the KBO webcast policy. The broadcasting companies claim that the webcast takes away viewers and want to be compensated for it. So, they've pulled broadcasts. The KBO has reached a deal with DealOne to broadcast one game a day, but the other companies are still holding out. This makes the KBO look like complete morons. This should have been hammered out before the season started.
SK center fielder Park Jae-hong needs one more stolen base to be the only member of the KBO's 250 homer/250 stolen base club.
I don't want to talk about how poorly written this is. Yay! Homers! Woo! A choice cut... "As each team will play 133 games ― five more than last season ― these sluggers could generate more than a minimum of 47 based on the assumption that they will hit five every 13 games." I believe they played 126 games last year. That's 7 fewer than 133. I don't want to get started on how silly the rest of this is. I just want to shake my head and forget that this guy gets paid to write about baseball for a living.
On to the effing roundup...
Samsung 5, LG 3
W - Kwon Hyeok(2-1), L - Bong Jung-geun(1-2), S - Oh Seung-hwan (4)
In the only game that was broadcast on tv... at all, Samsung was able to scrape together enough of an offense to earn the W. Samsung 6-7-8 hitters, Kang Bong-gyu, Woo Dong-gyun and Cho Dong-chan, combined to go 7 for 11 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Cho's 6th inning RBI double was the only extra base hit for Samsung last evening. Reliever Ahn Ji-man was asked to start and he managed to work 4 mediocre innings before being taken out. LG Ace Bong Jung-geun continued his struggles against the Lions. After losing to Samsung on Opening Day, Bong was looking for some revenge. He didn't get it. Bong worked 6 innings(107 pitches, 64 strikes) and surrendered 5 runs. He allowed 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 hit batsman with 3 K's. Not his finest outing. Oh Seung-hwan struck out 2 batters in the 9th to help earn his 4th save.
Hanwha 8, Seoul Heroes 4
W - Ahn Yeong-Myeong(2-0), L - Ma Il-yeong (2-2)
Heroes ace Ma Il-yeong was terrible. He allowed 7 runs over 4 2/3 innings(82 pitches, 54 strikes) pitched, but he allowed 6 runs in the first inning. Lee Beom-ho connected for a grand slam to account for the majority of the damage. Eagles starter Ahn Yeong-myeong wasn't much better, but he was able to hold the lead. Ahn tossed 5 1/3 innings(66 pitches, 43 strikes). He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 K's. 3 of the 6 hits didn't stay in the park. Doug Clark, Lee Sung-yong and Song Ji-man all connected for solo homers off of Ahn.
SK 9, Lotte 1
W - Goh Hyo-joon(2-0), L - Jang Won-joon (0-3)
SK jumped all over Jang Won-joon early. SK 3rd baseman Choi Jeong clubbed a 3-run bomb in the 3rd off of Jang to give SK a 5-0 lead SK managed to tack on a few insurance runs and the lead to 7-0 before Lotte would get on the scoreboard in the 6th. Kang Min-ho delivered an RBI single to give Lotte its only run. With the early lead, SK starter Goh Hyo-joon was able to cruise to an easy W. Goh stuck around for 5 1/3 innings(105 pitches, 66 strikes) before his pitch count demanded his removal. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 4 walk and 1 hit batter. He managed to record 6 strikeouts during his outing. SK lead off man Jeong Geun-woo continued to swing a hot bat. He finished the night 3-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Doosan 9, KIA 5
W - Yim Tae-hoon(1-0), L - Han Ki-joo (0-1)
KIA held a 5-4 lead heading into the 9th, but Doosan struck for a 5-run rally to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat. It appears that Han Ki-joo was asked to work 2 innings, but didn't have anything after sitting in the dugout during the KIA half of the 8th inning. I'd love to give more detail, but I don't live in Gwangju and the game wasn't broadcast. I can't even look at highlights because they weren't recorded. KIA starter Rick Guttormson struggled against Doosan. I'm guessing he didn't find the patient Doosan team as much fun to throw to as the swing at everything Lotte team. Rick didn't make it out of the 4th. Doosan 1st baseman Choi Joon-seok clubbed his league leading 6th homer last night. It would've been nice to have seen it. Choi has shown this power before, in 2007 he clubbed 16 homers and drove in 75 in 386 AB's, but he had a terrible 2008 season. He spent most of the season on the bench and couldn't figure anything out last year. He struck out 46 times in only 169 at bats. I'm buying the power #'s. I think he can mash, but I'm not buying the batting average. He's currently hitting .440. I don't think he'll finish over .300, let alone .400.
I miss TV broadcasts.