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Seoul Heroes 7, LG 5
W - Kang Yoon-guh (2-1), L - Lee Jae-yeong (5-3)
The Heroes clobbered Twins pitching for 4 homers on Thursday night. The Heroes also used their legs to steal 5 bases against the Twins. Let's see, that many homers and stolen bases in the same game this late in the season means one thing. Stat paddin' time!
The homer that made the biggest difference came in the top of the 9th inning with the score tied at 5. With a runner on 2nd and 2 outs, Heroes shortstop Kang Jeong-ho took Lee Jae-yeong's 1-0 offering over the fence in left/center. Kang's blast made the score 7-5. Heroes reliever Kang Yoon-guh stayed in for the 9th inning and put the Twins down in order. Kang threw 5 1/3 innings(67 pitches, 42 strikes) of relief. He allowed only 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks while striking out 4. Heroes left fielder Doug Clark went 3-5 with a homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
SK 7, Doosan 2
W - Ken Kadokura (6-4), L - Juan Cedeno (3-6)
The final makes this game look more entertaining than it really was. SK jumped out to an early lead thanks to a fairly horrific effort from Doosan starter, Juan Cedeno. Cedeno stuck around for only 2 innings. Big Juan gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. With the early lead, the pace of the game slowed to a crawl. SK starter Ken Kadokura was able to keep the Doosan offense off-balance for most of the evening. Kadokura tossed 6 innings(111 pitches, 74 strikes) of 1-run baseball. Kadokura allowed 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. SK shortstop Na Ji-hwan enjoyed a solid evening at the plate. Na finished 2-4 with a double, a homer, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. SK right fielder Park Jae-hong lead off the game with a solo homer. Park went 2-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Samsung 11, Lotte 8
W - Baek Jeong-hyeon (1-0), L - Bae Jang-ho (1-1)
This game was everything that I hate about the KBO. This game took over 4 hours to finish! What person under the age of 30 is going to have the patience to watch a 4-hour baseball game? If you give your average Korean middle school student a choice to watch a 4-hour baseball game or go to the PC room with his buddies for 4-hours, he's probably not going to choose the ballgame.
This game was reasonably close until Lotte reliever Kim Il-yeob started throwing meatballs. Kim gave up homers upon entering and before leaving the game. Samsung 1st baseman Chae Tae-in went 3-4 with a walk, a homer 4 RBIs and 1 run scored. Third baseman Park Seok-min hit his 20th homer of the season while going 1-3 with a walk 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. Lotte DH and potential batting champ Hong Seong-heun helped his case by going 3-6 with a double 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. I have no interest in discussing this game any further. Too many painful memories. I just remember looking at my watch and seeing that it was 9pm and this game was only in the 6th inning. The horror.
Hanhwa 7, KIA 1
W - Ahn Yeong-myeong (9-7), L - Lee Dae-jin (2-5)
It's amazing what happens when a team gets a quality start AND the offense shows up in the same game. Hanhwa starter Ahn Yeong-myeong threw 6 scoreless innings(102 pitches, 62 strikes). Ahn gave up only 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 6. The Hanhwa offense pummeled KIA starter Lee Dae-jin throughout his 4 1/3 innings of work. DH Lee Yeong-woo lead the charge for Hanhwa. Lee went 2-4 with a double and 4 RBIs.