Monday, August 23, 2010

8/22 Roundup and News

These are the final regularly scheduled games. From now until the playoffs the KBO is playing games that were canceled due to rain.

LG 6, Nexen 2
W - Choi Seong-min (1-0), L - Kim Seong-tae (2-3), S - Kim Kwang-su (2)
LG HR - None Nexen HR - None

LG starter Choi Seong-min pitched pretty well in his first career start. Choi tossed 5 2/3 innings(72 pitches, 41 strikes) of one-run baseball. Choi gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two. Not bad for a guy who turned 20 last month. It felt like LG's entire team chipped in on offense. Six different Zombies drove in runs. DH Park Yong-taek lead the way by going 2-3 with two walks, one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

SK 6, Hanhwa 1
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (15-5), L - Julio DePaula (5-11)
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (17), Kim Jae-hyeon (8) Hanhwa HR - None

SK might be in first place, but they've looked like anything but a first place team for about a month now. I have no idea what to make of this effort from ace Kim Kwang-hyeon. Kim threw seven innings(125 pitches, 66 strikes) and only gave up one run. That's the good news. The bad news is that he hit one batter and walked eight(!). Kim also scattered three hits and struck out five. Hanhwa starter Julio DePaula did what Julio DePaula does best. Give up lots and lots of runs. DePaula was battered for five runs and chased from the game during the fourth inning. SK first baseman Park Jeong-kwon lead the charge by going 2-4 with a double, a homer, three RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base.

Samsung 4, KIA 3
W - Bae Yeong-su (6-8), L - Seo Jae-wong (7-6), S - Jeong Hyeon-wook (12)
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeon-woo (22) KIA HR - Na Ji-wan (13)

Samsung left fielder Choi Hyeong-woo started the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning, but KIA right fielder Na Ji-wan answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer. Samsung re-took the lead in the seventh inning with a three-run rally. Outfielder Park Han-yi singled into center with runners on second and third to give Samsung a 3-2 lead. Park advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single from shortstop Kim Sang-su. KIA started a fake rally in the ninth inning, but Samsung reliever Jeong Hyeon-wook was able to record the final outs before KIA could plate the tying run.

Lotte 8, Doosan 3
W - Kim Su-wan (5-0), L - Lim Tae-hoon (9-10)
Lotte HR - Jeon Joon-woo (14), Moon Gyu-hyeon (2), Lee Dae-ho (41) Doosan HR - None

Lotte starter Kim Su-wan tossed a quality start while Lotte's bats continued to blast homers. Kim tossed six innings(104 pitches, 74 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim allowed five hits and struck out five. Not walking anyone in the patient Doosan lineup was a big step for Kim. Lotte center fielder Jeon Joon-woo started the scoring with a solo homer and shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon blasted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Lee Dae-ho hit a two-run bomb in the sixth inning to give Lotte a 5-2 lead and put the game away. Lee finished 2-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

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