Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekend Roundup: Doosan Bears vs. KIA Tigers

6/25 - Doosan 10, KIA 5
6/26 - Doosan 8, KIA 0
6/27 - Doosan 6, KIA 3

With the weekend sweep, KIA's losing streak has been pushed to nine games. The Tigers have dropped from third to six in the standings.

The hero of the '09 season, Aquilino Lopez, was absolutely bombed on Friday night. Lopez gave up six runs on five hits and four walks during his 2+ innings of work. Only two of the hits stayed in the ballpark. KIA was able to get a few runs off mediocre starter Hong Sang-sam and one of the warm bodies in the Doosan bullpen, but this game was never competitive. Doosan DH Kim Dong-joo went 2-5 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored. First baseman Choi Joon-seok went 2-3 with a walk, a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Catcher Yang Eui-ji finished 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Every Doosan starter either scored or drove in a run. Moving on...

On Saturday, Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo and reliever Lee Jae-hak combined to limit the Tigers to only five hits. Kim threw seven shutout innings(104 pitches, 69 strikes) and allowed three hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out four. Doosan left fielder Kim Hyeon-su blasted a two-run bomb in the fourth inning to break a 0-0 tie. Doosan struck for six more runs in the seventh inning and put the game out of reach. DH Kim Dong-joo struck for a three-run bomb and left fielder Lee Won-seok added a two-run jack.

The misery of Tigers fans continued on Sunday afternoon. Doosan jumped on the Tigers early with a five-run assembly line rally in the second inning. Everything was a basehit. In addition to their bats the Bears used their legs to generate offense on Sunday. The Bears managed to swipe five bases. Left fielder Kim Hyeon-su went 3-3 with a walk, an RBI and two steals. Center fielder Lee Jong-wook finished 2-4 with a walk, a double, an RBI, two runs scored and steal. Doosan starter Lim Tae-hoon was solid, but not spectacular. Lim ate up five innings(96 pitches, 61 strikes) and gave up two runs. Lim allowed five hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out two.

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