Friday, April 23, 2010

4/22 Roundup and News

SK 9, Doosan 6
W - Ken Kadokura (5-0), L - Kim Sun-woo (2-2), S - Lee Seung-ho (8)
SK HR - None Doosan HR - None

I really can't believe Kim Sun-woo was allowed to pitch past the first inning. SK batted around and battered Kim for 5 runs in the first inning. SK starter Goh Hyo-joon wasn't much better. He was so awful that he was relieved by Ken Kadokura and Kadokura earned his 5th W. Goh was pulled in the 4th inning. He almost gave back a 7-0 lead. Kadokura tossed 4 2/3 innings of 1-run ball for the Wyverns and essentially saved the day. If he couldn't have worked as long as he did, Doosan would have gotten to at least one of the relievers in the the SK bullpen. SK shortstop Na Ju-hwan went 3-4 with a double, a walk, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Doosan hit three triples last night. I can't remember the last time a team hit three triples in a game. I'm sure its happened, but I'm a White Sox/Lions fan. We haven't been known for our speed in recent years. Doosan 2nd baseman Oh Jae-won was last night's tallest midget. Oh went 3-5 with a triple, 2 RBIs and a run scored.

LG 3, Nexen 1
W - Bong Jung-geun (2-2), L - Kim Seong-hyeon(0-2), S - Shinya Okamoto (5)
LG HR - Lee Byeong-gyu (2) Nexen HR - None

Dr. Bong looks like he's found himself this year. Nexen made things a little easier due to their Nexen-ness, but the good doctor was a groundball machine. Bong threw 7 innings(107 pitches, 67 strikes) of 1-run ball. He gave up only 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Nexen didn't do themselves any favors in the field. They made 4 errors and only 1 of the runs they allowed were earned. LG DH Baek Yong-taek went 1-3 with 2 walks, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

Hanhwa 6, Samsung 1
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (4-0), L - Francisco Cruceta (2-3)
Hanhwa HR - Jeon Hyeon-tae (1), Lee Dae-su (2) Samsung HR - None

Ryu Hyeon-jin threw a bullpen session. There were no survivors. The K-Monster was unleashed on the hapless Samsung lineup. I almost went to this game, but the weather in Daegu was utterly vile. The K-monster cares not for weather! The K-monster cares only about striking chumps out! Ryu tossed 8 innings(128 pitches, 84 strikes) of 1-run baseball. He gave up 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 10. Once Hanhwa scored its third run, it was obvious Samsung wasn't going to mount a come back in any way, shape or form. Ryu is the best pitcher in the KBO right now. I'd trade any three Lions for him, but I think Hanhwa would laugh at it. Hanhwa shortstop Lee Dae-su went 2-3 with a homer, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Lotte 4, KIA 1
W - Lee Myeong-woo (1-2), L - Matt Wright (0-1)
Lotte HR - Kang Min-ho (3) KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (3)

I really can't believe how well Lee Myung-woo pitched against KIA. I would have bet my life savings that the veteran KIA lineup would have lit him up. If I've learned anything, it's that I should stay away from the casinos. Lee tossed 8 2/3 innings(110 pitches, 74 strikes) of 1-run baseball. Lee allowed only 6 hits and struck out 6. The lone KIA run came on a solo homer from Choi Hee-seop in the 7th inning. Lotte first baseman Park Jong-yoon went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Matt Wright's 2nd KBO start didn't go as well as his first. The large righty needed over 100 pitches to record 12 outs.

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