Monday, August 24, 2009

8/21 - 8/23 Weekend Roundup: Seoul Heroes vs. Hanhwa

8/21 - Hanhwa 9, Heroes 4
8/22 - Heroes 4, Hanhwa 2
8/23 - Hanhwa 8, Heroes 5

A Hanhwa pitcher, not Ryu Hyeon-jin, threw 5 1/3 shutout innings. That doesn't happen very often. Ahn Yeong-myeong recorded 16 outs without giving up a run. Ahn only gave up 1 hit and 3 walks while striking out 4. For the season Ahn has given up 27 homers in only 112 2/3 innings. Yikes. Of course the Hanhwa bullpen came in and gave up 4 runs, but by that point Hanhwa was up 9-0. The Eagles banged out 13 hits and drew 8 walks. WBC hero Lee Beom-ho finished 2-5 with a homer, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Heroes starter Kim Su-kyeong put the team on his back and carried them for 7 2/3 innings. Kim gave up only 2 solo homers during his 114-pitch outing. Kim gave up only 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. Both DH Kim Tae-wan and 1st baseman Kim Tae-gyun took Kim Su-kyeong out of the ballpark. Heroes catcher Kang Gui-tae drove in a pair of runs with a single in the 2nd inning.

Sunday's game was an effort to watch. It was your typical KBO grindfest with approximately 264 pitching changes. The Eagles took a team approach to offense on Sunday. 7 different Eagles drove in runs. Shortstop Song Kwang-min drove in 2 while going 2-5 with a double. The Heroes offense was lead by its #1 and #9 hitters. 3rd baseman Hwang Jae-gyun and shortstop Kang Jeong-ho combined to go 4-9 with 2 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Games like this make me wish I were still in Chicago watching my beloved White Sox. Hmmm, maybe not.

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