Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weekend Roundup: SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

7/3 - SK 8, Doosan 7
7/4 - SK 4, Doosan 2

With these two wins the SK Wyverns are riding a seven game winning streak and are ten games ahead of the second place Doosan Bears. Doosan is slipping back to the pack and are only one game ahead of the third place Lotte Giants.

Saturday's game wasn't as close as the scoreboard made it look, but Doosan did make things interesting in the late innings. SK ace Kim Kwang-hyeon was sitting on the bench and SK held a 7-2 lead in the eighth inning when Doosan rallied for five runs. Two runs were already in when second baseman Goh Yeong-min hit a three-run bomb to tie the game at seven. SK picked up a run in the bottom of the eighth on a single from Cho Dong-hwa with runners on first and second. Song Eun-beom recorded a scoreless ninth for the save and SK snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Kim Kwang-hyeon didn't dominate, but he ate up a few innings and kept his team in the game. Kim tossed 5 2/3 innings(110 pitches, 57 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim allowed five hits, five walks and one hit batsman while striking out four. SK center fielder Kim Kang-min lead the SK offense by going 2-4 with three RBIs.

SK starter Jeong Byeong-du was chased from the game after 3 2/3 innings, but he only gave up one run. His pitch count simply got the best of him. Jeong needed 79 pitches to record 11 outs. Jeong may have struggled, but the SK bullpen picked up the slack and threw 5 1/3 of one-run ball. Only reliever Jeong Woo-ram was tagged for a solo homer by Doosan left fielder Kim Hyeon-su. In the fourth inning, SK tied the game at one with a solo homer from first baseman Park Jeong-kwon. SK took the lead in the fifth inning with a sac fly from pinch hitter Lee Ho-joon. SK added two more runs in the sixth inning when second baseman Jeong Geun-woo doubled with two runners in scoring position to give SK a 4-1 lead. SK reliever Lee Seung-woo recorded the final out with only two pitches to earn the vulture save.

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