Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weekend Roundup: Nexen Heroes vs. Hanhwa Eagles

7/3 - Hanhwa 7, Nexen 2
7/4 - Hanhwa 7, Nexen 1

Ryu Hyeon-jin continued his dominating season on Saturday. Ryu shutout the Nexen Heroes for eight innings(117 pitches, 76 strikes) on Saturday. Ryu gave up only six hits and one walk while striking out eight. I have to wonder if Ryu is going to start getting bored with making KBO hitters look bad. If he were posted to Japan or the US, I'm sure he'd fetch more money Daisuke got out of Boston. Selling Ryu would help the KBO pay for a lot of the infrastructure upgrades that Korea desperately needs. Hanhwa first baseman Jeong Seong-ho drove in four runs while left fielder Choi Jin-haeng clubbed yet another homer. Choi finished 2-4 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Hanhwa got a quality start from a pitcher not named Ryu Hyeon-jin on Sunday. Yoo Won-seong tossed five scoreless innings(93 pitches, 49 strikes). Yoo limited the Heroes to three hits, but gave up five walks while striking out four. Nexen starter Geum Min-cheol made Yoo look like he had amazing control. Geum only lasted an inning, but he gave up four runs on two hits and four walks. The Heroes needed eight pitchers to complete a nine inning game. Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng continued to make Eagles fans forget Kim Tae-gyun. Choi went 2-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. He's not as complete a hitter as Kim, but makes contact and the ball jumps off his bat. Hanhwa catcher Lee Hee-geun chipped in with a 1-3, two RBI, one run scored effort.

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