Thursday, April 22, 2010

4/21 Roundup and News

It was a wet evening across the peninsula. I'm really surprised that they tried to play some of the games last night. The weather in Daegu was really foul. The paid attendance at Daegu's Ratbox Stadium was under 1,000. I can't remember a game having less than 1,000 people attending.

Heroes/Twins and Doosan/SK were both washed out.

Samsung 8, Hanhwa 3 (6)
W - Ahn Ji-man (3-1), L - Yang Seung-jin (0-1), S - Kwon Hyeok (1)
Samsung HR - Kang Bong-gyu, Lee Yeong-wook

Hanhwa knocked around Samsung starter Brandon Knight in the wet weather, but once the Hanhwa relief corps entered the game, well, a Samsung comeback wasn't far behind. Samsung rallied for 4 runs in the 5th inning and the game was called after the 6th. #9 hitter Lee Yeong-wook enjoyed a solid, damp evening. Lee went 2-2 with a walk, a homer, a stolen base, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Hanhwa third baseman Kwang Seong-min went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBIs. It was a really forgettable evening and I can't believe they tried to play.

KIA 9, Lotte 6 (11)
W - Yoo Dong-hoon (2-0), L - Lee Jong-hoon (1-2)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop Lotte HR - None

If the weather in Busan was anything like the weather in Daegu, watching this game for 11 innings must have been pure hell. The two teams battled to a 5-5 tie after 9 innings. Of all the night's to go into extra innings, they had to pick last night. In the top of the 11th, KIA loaded the bases for Choi Hee-seop. Choi hit a Lee Jong-hoon pitch about twenty rows into right field for a grand slam. Lotte offered a fake rally in the bottom of the 11th, but KIA delivered a knockout punch. Choi finished the game 2-5 with a walk, 6 RBIs and 2 runs scored. For Lotte, Hong Seong-heun scored 4 times while Karim Garcia, Kang Min-ho and Park Jong-yoon knocked in 2 runs apiece. KIA reliever Kwak Jeong-cheol is becoming one of the elite relief pitchers in the KBO. Kwak threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 5.

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