Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6/26 - 6/28 Weekend Roundup: Hanhwa vs. Lotte

6/26 - Lotte 6, Hanhwa 4
6/27 - Lotte 4, Hanhwa 3
6/28 - Lotte 2, Hanhwa 0

On Friday Son Min-han was the 2009-post injury version of the former ace and Kim Hyeok-min was the 2009 pre-cellphone store bum. I can't believe Lotte didn't score 20. Son worked 5 innings(86 pitches, 45 strikes) and allowed 3 runs. Son surrendered 5 hits and walked 5 while striking out 2. He kept Hanhwa in the park and kept Lotte in the game. Kim Hyeok-min continues to blow chance after chance. He made it out of the 3rd inning this time...barely. Rhetorical question, if Kim Hyeok-min pitched to Hanhwa infielder Kim Min-jae(.139/.205/.222 in over 100 AB's) what would happen? Lotte provided just enough offense to get the W. Lotte right fielder Karim Garcia continued to slowly wake up from his season long slump. Garcia finished 2-3 with a walk, a double, a homer, 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Lotte closer Jon Adkins threw a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Hanhwa 1st baseman Park Tae-gyun made his first start in almost exactly one month. He didn't show any signs of the concussion that sidelined him. Park finished the game 3-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Lotte jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and Hanhwa couldn't recover. Lotte let the Eagles chip away, but Hanhwa was unable to plate the tying run. In the 3rd inning, Lotte outfielder Lee In-guh hit a double with the bases loaded. All three runners were able to score. Lotte added an insurance run in the 4th on an RBI single from left fielder Park Jeong-joon. Lotte 1st baseman/lead off hitter Kim Joo-chan was forced from the game with an injured hand. Lotte starting pitcher Lee Yong-hoon pitched well enough to win. Lee surrendered 2 runs during his 5 innings(79 pitches, 43 strikes) of work. Lee gave up 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 1. Lotte reliever Lee Jeong-hoon tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief to earn the save. He allowed only 2 hits and struck out 4.

Hanhwa finally had a starting pitcher deliver a quality start on Sunday and what do they do? They get shut out. Ryu Hyeon-jin should fake an injury or something. The K Monster went the distance on Sunday(126 pitches, 81 strikes). He allowed 2 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. Lotte starter Song Seung-joon looked like an ace. Song also went the distance(98 pitches, 61 strikes). He gave up only 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Lotte scored its 1st run in the 2nd inning thanks to an RBI single from shortstop Park Ki-hyeok. Lotte added an RBI double from DH Oh Jang-won in the 9th.

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