Wednesday, June 30, 2010

6/29 Roundup and News

LG 8, Nexen 4
W - Kim Kwang-su (2-0), L - Geum Min-cheol (6-9), S - Lee Dong-hyeon (1)
LG HR - None Nexen HR - None

The LG Zombies will not go away. Make no mistake, this is not a good team. This isn't even a "fun/bad" team. They're everything that's ugly about KBO baseball. Their games feel like marathons. They constantly change pitchers. Their lineups are dysfunctional at best. They have two players with the same name who are almost indistinguishable in their skill sets. But they keep hanging around and could wind up as the fourth seed in the playoffs. Without a doubt, this team would be one of the worst playoff teams I have ever seen in the KBO. Both starting pitchers were fairly rotten, but the LG bullpen was actually very good. Three Zombie relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings. Lee Dong-hyeon threw 2 2/3 shutout innings to earn the save. LG third baseman Jeong Seong-ho continued his solid season by going 2-4 with three RBIs, one run scored and a stolen base. One of the Lee Byeong-gyu's went 2-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored...Moving on.

Doosan 10, Hanhwa 2
W - Les Walrdond 5-3, L - Yoo Won-sang (3-7)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol 2(14), Lee Won-seok (7), Choi Joon-seok (13), Yang Eui-ji (9) Hanhwa HR - None

Hanhwa starter Yoo Won-sang gave up five runs, but that's not the interesting part. The interesting part is that he allowed five solo homers. All five of the Doosan homers were solo blasts. Doosan took an early lead thanks to the homer barrage and got a solid effort from starter Les Walrond. Les tossed six innings(91 pitches, 60 strikes) of two-run baseball. Les gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out five. Walrond wasn't flashy, but he got the job done. Doosan added a bunch of late runs off the shallow end of the Hanhwa bullpen to turn this game into a laugher.

Samsung 6, Lotte 1
W - Jang Won-sam (7-4), L - Jang Won-joon (8-5)
Samsung HR - Oh Jeong-bok (6) Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (21)

In the battle of starting pitchers named Jang, Samsung's Jang Won-sam won this round. Jang looked great against one of the KBO's top offenses. Jang tossed seven innings(91 pitches, 59 strikes) of one-run baseball. Only Lee Dae-ho was able to get anything off of Jang when he hit a solo homer in the fourth inning. Jang gave up three hits and one walk while striking out seven. The Samsung offense jumped all over Lotte starter Jang Won-joon and chased him from the game after the second inning. Samsung left fielder Oh Jeong-bok was a one-man wrecking crew. Oh blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and added a two-RBI single in the second inning. Oh finished 2-3 with a walk, four RBIs and one run scored. Samsung "Jack-Of-All-Trades" infielder Cho Dong-chan batted lead off and had a solid night. Cho finished 3-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

SK 6, KIA 5
W - Jeong Woo-ram (5-3), L - Yang Hyeon-jong (10-2), S - Lee Seung-ho (19)
SK HR - None KIA HR - None

SK starter Gary Glover was fairly awful and was yanked during the second inning after giving up three runs. The SK bullpen managed to piece together a few scoreless innings and the Wyverns offense was able to get to KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong. SK tied the game at three after a three-run rally in the fifth inning. The Wyverns took their first lead in the sixth inning when shortstop Na Ju-hwan took a pitch off his forearm with the bases loaded to break the tie. Second baseman Jeong Geun-woo drew a walk with the bases loaded to add another run. SK made the score 6-3 when left fielder Park Jae-hyeon hit a sac fly to left. KIA picked up a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but never really threatened. Reliever Jeong Dae-hyeon threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings and closer Lee Seung-ho recorded the final four outs for the save. KIA center fielder Lee Yeong-gyu lead the Tiger offense by going 2-2 with three walks, two doubles, three RBIs, one run scored and a stolen base.

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