Wednesday, July 8, 2009

7/7 Roundup and News

Lotte/Samsung and KIA/LG were both washed out last night.

A distraught Bears clubhouse looks on while Son Si-hyeon is carted off in the the 3rd inning.

Doosan 4, SK 2
W - Lee Jae-woo (4-1), L - Goh Hyo-joon (6-7), S - Lee Yong-chan (18)

With the Lions/Giants game washed out, I chose to give this game a watch and I was glad I did. It's only July and the Bears/Wyverns rivalry is really heating up.

Doosan started the scoring in the 1st inning with a 2-run homer from 2008 Batting Champ, Kim Hyeon-su(.366/.456/.616). The Wyverns responded in the top of the 2nd inning with a sac fly from shortstop Na Joo-hwan(.279/.354/.418) to make the score 2-1.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, things got interesting. With one out and Kim Hyeon-su on first, SK starter Goh Hyo-joon(3.35 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) threw a wild pitch to allow Kim to advance to 2nd. The batter, Doosan slugger Kim Dong-joo(.370/.475/.595), laced a single through the left side. Kim was able to hustle all the way home to make the score 3-1. Then, things got strange. A pitch got away from Goh and drilled Doosan shortstop Son Si-hyeon(.265/.357/.393) in the head. Son laid on the field for a few minutes before he was taken away in an ambulance. With Doosan's feathers ruffled, SK yanked Goh out of the game for reliever Park Hyeon-joon(7.11 ERA, 1.89 WHIP). Park drilled Doosan 2nd baseman Goh Yeong-min(.184/.262/.368) in the shoulder and was also removed from the game by the manager. Strange, strange sequence of events. I don't think there's going to be any retaliation tonight, but I could be wrong.

Doosan tacked on an insurance run thanks to an RBI triple from Mr. Everything, Kim Hyeon-su. Kim was the Doosan offense. 2-3 with a walk, a triple, a homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored in an important game against the Wyverns. I'd say Kim's problems against the Wyverns are over. SK scored another run in the 8th on an RBI double from catcher Jeong Sang-hoon(.340/.397/.557), but never really threatened to take the lead. Doosan closer Lee Yong-chan(2.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) threw a scoreless 9th for the save.

Seoul Heroes 12, Hanhwa 10
W - Jeon Joon-ho (2-0), L - Jeong Jong-min (0-1), S - Shin Cheol-in (5)

These two teams combined to use 15 pitchers during this 22-run slugfest. I'm convinced the game took over 5 hours to complete. I gave up after I saw the Bears/Wyverns game was over and this game was only in the 7th inning. Heroes center fielder Doug Clark(.290/.381/.471) and 3rd baseman Hwang Jae-gyun(.299/.356/.514) both hit a pair of homers last night. Clark finished 2-3 with a walk, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored, while Hwang ended up going 4-5 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Hanhwa slugger/WBC hero Kim Tae-gyun(.327/.382/.582) enjoyed 2-5, 6 RBI night, but it was in a losing cause. Kim's 8th inning homer was a grand slam.

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