Thursday, April 8, 2010

4/7 Roundup and News

Doosan 8, Hanhwa 2
W - Kelvin Jimenez (3-0), L - Kim Hyeok-min (0-1)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok(1) Hanhwa HR - None

The KBO should let Hanhwa start every game with three runs on the board. It would make their season a lot more competitive. Doosan beat Hanhwa in every facet of the game. They hit better, they pitched better and they caught the ball better. I can't wait to see Hanhwa live. Kelvin Jimenez is the first 3-game winner in the KBO. Welcome to Korea, Kelvin. Jimenez tossed 5 innings(75 pitches, 44 strikes) of 2-run baseball. He gave up 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. 4 Doosan reliever combined to throw 4 shutout innings. Lim Tae-hoon struck out the side in the 8th. Doosan starting the scoring barrage with a 2-run homer from 1st baseman Choi Joon-seok and never relented. 2nd baseman Oh Jae-won finished the game 3-4 with 1 walk, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.

KIA 5, SK 3
W - Seo Jae-wong (1-0), L - Eom Jeong-wook (0-1), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (4)
KIA HR - None SK HR - None

KIA starter Seo Jae-wong was good enough to earn the W and the KIA offense was good enough to help him earn the W. Seo tossed 6 innings(95 pitches, 61 strikes) of 3-run baseball. Seo gave up 7 hits and 1 hit batsman while striking out 5. Both teams were scoreless through the first 3 innings, but KIA drew first blood in the top of the 4th. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, KIA catcher Kim Sang-hoon hit a 2-2 pitch into the game in left/center for a double. All three KIA runners were able to score. KIA tacked on an insurance run in the 5th thanks to an RBI single from 3rd baseman Kim Sang-hyeon. KIA added another run in the 6th on a safety squeeze bunt from centerfielder Lee Yong-gyu. KIA closer Yoo Dong-hoon recorded the final 4 outs in order for the save.

Samsung 3, Nexen 1
W - Bae Yong-su (1-0), L - Geum Min-cheol (2-1), S - Oh Seung-hwan (2)
Samsung HR - Park Jin-man(1) Nexen HR - None

Wait. Bae Yong-su and Oh Seung-hwan were both effective in the same game? What is this? 2006? Bae tossed 7 shutout innings(84 pitches, 55 strikes) against the Heroes. He gave up 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. He's not the pitcher he was in his hey-day, but he's not the pitching machine he was last year either. Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan recorded the final 4 outs for the save. 3 of the outs came via the strikeout. Iron Mask is back. Nexen starter Geum Min-cheol was competent, but he wasn't going to beat Bae Yong-su last night. Geum tossed 6 1/3 innings(117 pitches, 67 strikes) of 2-run baseball. Geum gave up 6 hits and 6 walks while striking out 4. All of Samsung's runs came duing a 7th inning rally. Shortstop Park Jin-man clubbed a solo homer and the ageless Yang Joon-hyeok delivered a pinch-hit, 2-RBI double.

Lotte 6, LG 0
W - Cho Jeong-hoon (1-0), L - Edgar Gonzalez (0-2), S - Kim Sa-yul (1)
Lotte HR - Hong Seung-hoon (3) LG - None

After Tuesday's rumble, Lotte let their play do the talking against LG on Wednesday. A little pitching goes a long way. Lotte starter Cho Jeong-hoon looked awesome against the LG Twins. He tossed 6 innings(71 pitches, 49 strikes) of shutout baseball. Cho gave up only 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 7. Lotte reliever Kim Sa-yul threw 3 shutout innings to earn the save. Kim only allowed 2 hits while striking out 3. On the mound for LG was Edgar Gonzalez. He's getting awfully close to earning that plane ticket home. Gonzo gave up 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks during his 6 innings of work. Lotte DH Hong Seung-hoon is emerging as an MVP cantidate. Hong went 2-4 with a homer, 4 RBIs and 1 run scored. Hong slugged a grand slam in the first inning.

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