Monday, June 7, 2010

6/6 Roundup and News

SK 3, LG 2 (12)
W - Jeon Joon-ho (1-0), L - Kim Ki-pyo (2-4), S - Song Eun-beom (1)
SK HR - None LG HR - None

It looked like LG was going to cruise to a 2-0 victory over the Wyverns on Sunday, but SK started a late rally. In the top of the ninth, center fielder Kim Kang-min lead off the inning with a double. Kang would score on an infield single from SK infielder Na Ju-hwan. Na hit hard bouncer to third that bounced off of third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon's glove and rolled into left. The mistake made the score 2-1. SK infielder Choi Yoon-seok tried to get a bunt down to advance Na, but the throw from pitcher Oh Sang-min was offline and went into right field. The mistake put runners on first and third with no outs. Kim Jae-hyeon came in as a pinch hitter for SK and ripped a single to right to tie the game at two. SK broke the 2-2 tie in the twelfth inning when first baseman Park Jeong-kwon singled to left with runners on first and second. SK starter Song Eun-beom was asked to pitch the bottom of the twelfth inning. Song walked two, but made it out of the inning. If I were LG starter Bong Jung-geun, I'd be tempted to punch the manager in the mouth. Where was closer Shinya Okamoto in the ninth inning? I know he's not suffering from over work. Bong threw seven shutout innings(108 pitches, 64 strikes) and was stuck with an ND for his trouble. Bong gave up seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out four.

Nexen 5, KIA 4 (10)
W - Son Seung-rak (2-1), L - Kwak Jeong-cheol (1-5)
Nexen HR - Yoo Han-joon (7), Doug Clark (8) KIA HR - None

The score was tied at four after nine innings. Nexen was facing a 4-0 deficit in the seventh inning, but a four-run rally tied the game. Nexen DH Yoo Han-joon and left fielder Doug Clark hit back to back solo homers during the rally. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Nexen finally broke the tie. With runners on first and second with one out, catcher Kang Gui-tae bounced a single past KIA first baseman Choi Hee-seop. The runner on second was able to slide in safely and Kang's teammates chased him into the outfield to deliver the post-walk-off beatdown. Nexen closer Song Seung-rak recorded the final five outs for the W. Song struck out three of the five batters he faced.

Doosan 7, Hanhwa 1
W - Les Walrond (4-0), L - Jose Capellan (0-10)
Doosan HR - None Hanhwa HR - None

Les Walrond looked reasonanbly competent against the Hanhwa Eagles, but so does everyone else this year. Walrond threw six innings(89 pitches, 60 strikes) of one-run baseball. Walrond gave up six hits and one hit batsman while striking out six. Jose Capellan is still awful. Seven runs and ten hits? If he hasn't gotten a plane ticket home by now, he's probably not going to. Doosan first baseman Choi Joon-seok lead the Bears offense by going 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. It felt like Doosan lead off hitter/center fielder Lee Jong-wook was on base all day. Lee went 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Human victory cigar Jeong Su-bin did make an appearance as a defensive sub. Am I the only one that enjoys this stuff? In case you were wondering, the KBO season record for losses is 25 by Sammi Superstar Jang Myeong-buh. Jang broke his own record in 1985. In 1984 Jang lost 20 games. Capellan has his work cut out for him if he wants to challenge Jang.

Lotte 10, Samsung 1
W - Song Seung-joon (6-3), L - Francisco Cruceta (3-7)
Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (12) Samsung HR - None

Lotte starter Song Seung-joon tossed a quality start while the Lotte offense thumped the tar out of every Samsung pitcher they faced. I realized on Friday that the Lions were probably going to get swept and watched as little of this series as possible. As soon as the Giants started hitting homers, I started looking for movies. Song threw six innings(107 pitches, 62 strikes) of one-run baseball. Song allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three. At the plate for Lotte, the Giants got a team effort. Everyone chipped in. DH Hong Seong-heun went 2-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Lee Dae-ho also went 2-5 with a solo homer, one RBI and two runs scored. Left fielder Son Ah-seop lead off for the Giants and went 3-4 with two runs scored. It was a thoroughly dominating effort by the Giants over the Lions. Samsung is in the middle of a five-game losing streak, while the Giants are on a four-game winning streak.

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