Monday, June 14, 2010

6/11 - 6/13 Weekend Roundup: Lotte vs. Hanhwa

6/11 - Lotte 7, Hanhwa 2
6/12 - Lotte 7, Hanhwa 0
6/13 - Hanhwa 5, Lotte 4

The Giants ran their unbeaten streak to nine games before Hanhwa stole the final game of this series. KIA and Samsung are in a tie for third place, but the Giants are only 1/2 game behind them and only four games behind Doosan for second place.

The series started with a quality effort from Lotte starter Jang Won-joon and Hanhwa starter Jose Capellan suffering his eleventh loss of the season. Jang threw seven innings(105 pitches, 70 strikes) of two-run baseball. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out six. Hanhwa never really mounted much of a rally against Jang. The only time they got to him was when Hanhwa second baseman Jang Won-seok and left fielder Choi Jin-haeng hit solo homers off of him. Lotte third baseman Lee Dae-ho lead the Lotte offense on Friday. Lee hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the sixth. Lee finished 3-4 with four RBIs and one run scored. Lotte outfielders Karim Garcia and Jeon Joon-woo also added solo homers.

On Saturday, Lotte starter Song Seung-joon and a trio of Lotte relievers combined to throw a five hit shutout of the Eagles. Song threw seven innings(109 pitches, 66 strikes) and gave up only four hits and one hit batsman while striking out seven. Lotte outfielder Jeon Joon-woo hit another solo homer in the second inning to put Lotte on the scoreboard. Lotte backup first baseman Park Jong-yoon got a rare start and did something with it. Park went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Hanhwa finally put the Lotte Giants back in the loss column with Sunday's W. Hanhwa needed a three-run rally in the third inning and 7 1/3 innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen to get the job done. Hanhwa was facing a 4-2 deficit in the third inning when left fielder Choi Jin-haeng clubbed a two-run homer to tie the game at four. Later in the inning, Hanhwa had two outs and a runner on second when third baseman Song Kwang-min singled to right to score the runner from second and break the 4-4 tie. Hanhwa reliever Huh Yoo-kang earned the W by throwing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk baseball. Park Jeong-jin earnd the save by throwing four innings of no-hit, two walk baseball with two strikeouts. Karim Garcia was one of the few bright spots for the Lotte Giants. Karim hit a two-run homer in the second inning to put the Giants on the scoreboard.

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