Monday, September 6, 2010

9/3 Roundup and News

Hanhwa hosted a retirement party for long time relief pitcher, Guh Dae-seong.

LG/Nexen was washed out and canceled.

SK 10, Doosan 2
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (16-5), L - Les Walrond (7-6)
SK HR - None Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su (20)

SK ace Kim Kwang-hyeon turned in a vintage performance. Kim tossed seven innings(110 pitches, 73 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim gave up three hits, two walks and one hit batsman while striking out ten. Doosan starter Les Walrond was battered for nine of SK's ten runs during his 3 1/3 innings of work, including a six-run rally in the first inning. SK first baseman Lee Ho-joon, center fielder Kim Kang-min and DH Jeong Sang-ho finished the evening with two RBIs apiece.

Samsung 6, Hanhwa 2
W - Cha Woo-chan (9-1), L - Francisley Bueno (0-2), S - Lee Woo-sun (1)
Samsung HR - None Hanhwa HR - None

The Eagles donned special uni's to commemorate the KBO retirement of relief pitcher Guh Dae-seong. Guh has pitched thirteen years in the KBO with the Binggrae/Hanhwa Eagles. From 2001 to 2005 Guh tried to carve out a niche in the Japanese NPB and had a cup of coffee with the New York Mets. Guh compiled a 67-71 career record with 214 saves in his KBO career. In his 1128 1/3 career innings, Guh struck out 1221 and walked 472. The back of the Eagles' jerseys read(I'm translating from Chinese to Korean to English) "Forever Lost Dae-sung." I'm guessing they mean something like "We'll miss you forever," but I'm really, really poor at translating Chinese characters. This isn't Guh's retirement from professional baseball. Next fall Guh will pitch for one of the teams in the new Australian Baseball League. I think it is kind of cool that the Hanhwa Eagles have had three different languages on their uni's. They went with English names on the backs last year, switched back to Korean for 2010 and used Chinese for a special uni. Guh recorded the first out of the game and was removed for Bueno. Hanhwa fans probably wish they left Guh in the game because Bueno got lit up for six runs during his 3 1/3 inning effort. He's picked up right where Jose Capellan left off! Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan cruised to an easy W. Cha tossed five innings(81 pitches, 54 strikes) of two-run baseball. Cha gave up five hits, two walks and one hit batsman while striking out six. Samsung RBI machine Choi Hyeong-woo lead the Samsung offense by going 2-3 with a walk, a double, three RBIs and one run scored.

Lotte 10, KIA 6
W - Kang Yeong-sik (3-2), L - Seo Jae-wong (7-7)
Lotte HR - Kang Min-ho (21), Jeon Joon-woo (17) KIA HR - Kim Sang-hyeon (20), Choi Hoon-rak (1)

Lotte kept this one close until KIA starter Seo Jae-wong started to tire and the shallow end of the KIA bullpen entered the game. The score was tied at four in the top of the seventh inning when Lotte struck for a six-run rally. Seo gave up a lead off hit in the seventh inning. After the hit, Seo lost his composure on the mound and the KIA defense followed him. After giving up the go-ahead run on a base hit from Lee Dae-ho, Seo was lifted for a wild Lee Dae-jin. Lee faced four batters. He gave up a base hit, walked one, and hit two before getting the hook. Lotte third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun busted out of his slump by going 2-4 with a double, four RBIs and a stolen base. Outfielder Jeon Joon-woo went 3-3 with a homer, three RBIs, three runs scored and a HBP.

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