Friday, May 7, 2010

5/7 Roundup and News

Comedienne Oh Na-mi threw out the first pitch at the Heroes/Eagles game last night and found time to suck face with the Heroes mascot.

KIA 4, LG 0
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (5-1), L - Park Myeong-hwan (2-2), S - Son Yeong-min (1)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (7) LG HR - None

Yang threw reasonably well against LG. If he were pitching against SK or Doosan, I don't think he would have thrown 7 1/3 shutout innings(120 pitches, 75 strikes). Yang gave up 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5. KIA reliever Son Yeong-min recorded the final five outs for the save. Choi Hee-seop had a big game, but it really wasn't any more than simple stat padding. Choi went 2-4 with a double, a homer, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Choi hit the doubled during a mini rally in the 6th inning and an "Eff you" homer in the top of the 9th. KIA scored its first run in the 2nd inning. 2nd baseman Ahn Chi-hong ripped a base hit down the line. LG left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu misplayed the basehit...badly. KIA catcher Kim Sang-hoon was able to score from first while Lee stumbled around the outfield and threw the ball wildly in the general area of the infield.

Nexen 6, Hanhwa 2
W - Bae Him-chan (2-0), L - Jose Capellan (0-7), S - Son Seung-rak (4)
Nexen HR - None Hanhwa HR - None

I'm actually really interested in this series. Both of these teams have some interesting young players and they've been nothing if not entertaining. This game didn't provide the fireworks I was expecting, but it was reasonably well-played. Nexen starter Bae Him-chan threw shutout innings(81 pitches, 50 strikes). Bae allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit batsman while striking out 2. Nexen closer(I guess we can call him that now) Son Seung-rak recorded a five out save to nail down the Nexen victory. At the plate for Nexen, both center fielder Jeong Ki-yeong and SH Song Ji-man drove in a pair of RBIs. If starting the season 0-7 won't get Jose Capellan sent home, I don't know what will. Julio DePaula also managed to give up a bunch of runs in this one.

Samsung 6, SK 3
W - Ahn Ji-man (5-1), L - Gary Glover (3-2), S - Jeong Hyeon-wook (3)
Samsung HR - None SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (7)

How does SK follow a 16-game winning streak? With a 3-game(and counting) losing streak, of course! This game was all about the Samsung bullpen. Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su was chased from the game in the 5th inning and the Samsung bullpen managed to throw 4 1/3 innings of shutout baseball against a disciplined SK lineup. Samsung reliever Ahn Ji-man recorded five straight outs during his 1 2/3 innings. Ahn struck out three. Reliever Jeong Hyeon-wook recorded a 2-inning save. Jeong walked one and struck out one. SK 1st baseman Park Jeong-kwon was the SK offense on Friday night. Park went 3-5 with a double, a homer, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. Samsung RBI machine Choi Hyeong-wook drove in 4 more runs while ending the night a homer short of a cycle. Choi finished 3-4 with a double, a triple and a run scored.

Lotte 13, Doosan 7
W - Jo Jeong-hoon (4-1), L - Lee Hyeon-seung (1-3)
Lotte HR - Jeon Joon-woo 2(2), Kang Min-ho (5), Hong Seong-heun (6) Doosan HR - Lee Won-seok (5), Kim Dong-ju (5), Yang Eui-ji (6), Lee Seong-yeol (5)

I went to the Lotte/Doosan home run derby and a baseball game broke out! The might Lotte offense punished every pitcher that the Bears trotted out last night. Doosan actually held a lead after their half of the first inning. Lee Won-seok and Kim Dong-ju both hit 2-run homers in the inning. After that, it was all downhill for the Bears. In addition to playing all three outfield positions in the same game, Lotte outfielder Jeon Joon-woo went 2-3 with a walk, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. DH Hong Seong-heun chipped in a 2-5 performance with a homer, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored.

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