Between computer problems, Teacher's Day and going to Seoul to watch Doosan and Samsung get rained out, I've got some catching up to do. Here is an extremely late Thursday roundup...
Needing PEDs to succeed in the KBO is the saddest thing I have ever heard. If you honestly can't compete without juicing here, it's probably time to find a new line of work.
Rick Bauer has officially landed in Korea and the K-press was there to greet him. I may not remember much about the Rick Bauer era in Korea, but I will remember this goofy photo of him in the airport.
SK 8, LG 4
W - Song Eun-beom (5-0), L - Choi Won-ho (3-1)
I get the impression that Song was told he was going 9 innings before the game started. SK's bullpen has been used an awful lot over the last few days and it appears that they needed a day off before the weekend series with KIA. Song completed the game, but it took him 144 pitches to do so. 88 went for strikes. Song allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. The Wyverns gave Song a 1st inning lead on a solo homer from Park Jeong-kwan, but LG rallied in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Outfielder Lee Jin-yeong delivered a key 2-run homer to help LG take the advantage. SK came storming back thanks to a pair of 2-run homers from Choi Jeong and Park Jae-sang and a solo shot from Jeong Sang-ho.
Doosan 11, Heroes 4
W - Lim Tae-hoon (3-1), L - Lee Bo-geun (0-1)
The Heroes kept this game close for a while, but the middle of Doosan's lineup really clobbered the Heroes bullpen. In the 8th inning, Doosan 3rd baseman Kim Dong-joo hit a grand slam to give Doosan an 11-4 lead and put the ballgame out of reach. While Kim's homer was impressive, the game ball would have to go to Doosan left fielder Kim Hyeon-su. Hyeon-su finished the game 3-5 with 3 walks, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Kim hit a solo homer in the first and a 3-run homer in the 5th inning. The 5th inning homer was an absolute bomb to straightaway center.
KIA 14, Hanwha 3
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (4-1), L - Hwang Jae-gyu (0-2)
If it weren't for Song Kwang-min's 2-run homer in the 9th, the final would have been 14-1. Yeah, 14-3 sounds a lot better. KIA blasted 6 homeruns off of Hanwha pitching while KIA was able to cruise to an easy W. KIA starter Yang Hyeon-joon tossed 5 innings of 1-run baseball. He allowed only 5 hits an 2 walks while striking out 10. The high strikeout total took its toll on Yang, he needed 114 pitches(77 strikes) to record 15 outs. I'd go over the individual homers, but it would be easier to tell you which players DIDN'T hit homers.
Lotte 8, Samsung 6
W - Kang Yeong-sik (1-1), L - Kim Sang-su (1-2), S - Jon Adkins (8)
All you need to know about this game is that the Samsung bullpen was awful. With a 6-5 lead in the 8th inning, Samsung called on Kwon Hyeok and Oh Seung-hwan to get them out of a jam. Kwon recorded an strikeout, but gave up a walk to load the bases. Oh Seung-hwan came on to try to get out of the jam and he promptly surrendered a bases clearing double to Lotte infielder Kim Min-seong. Lotte DH Hong Seong-heun was thrown out trying to score from first. I think he needed an oxygen mask. Kim's double gave Lotte a 7-6 lead. They tacked on an insurance run when shortstop Park Ki-hyuk singled to score Kim from 2nd. Jon Adkins threw a scoreless 9th to record the save. Other than Samsung's bullpen being bad, Lotte's Kim Min-seong had an excellent game. He finished 3-4 with a double, a homer, 6 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Yang Joon-hyeok also clubbed his 342nd career homerun.