Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lions Beat Bears In 11, Korean Series Here We Come!

Samsung 6, Doosan 5 (11)
W - Jang Won-sam, L - Lim Tae-hoon
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo Doosan - None
Samsung wins the series, 3-2


After Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan recorded a 1-2-3 first inning, he was absolutely lit up in the second. I won't do a blow-by-blow, but Doosan was up 5-0 once the dust settled. I was so relieved to see Cha get pulled that I didn't care that Samsung brought in Bae Yeong-su. Both infielder Lim Jae-cheol and DH Kim Dong-ju drove in two runs during the rally. It ugly start.

Samsung got back in the game with a rally in the bottom of the fourth. Left fielder Choi Hyeong-woo hit a two-run bomb to put Samsung on the scoreboard. Third baseman Cho Dong-chan hit a ball to deep center that Lee Jong-wook barely missed hauling in. Cho was safe at second with a stand up double. With Cho on second and no outs, an upset Kelvin Jimenez was pulled for Les Walrond. After recording two quick outs, Walrond walked catcher Jin Kab-yong and center fielder Lee Yeong-wook to load the bases. Shortstop Kim Sang-su singled to right to score a pair of runs and cut the Doosan lead to 5-4.

Samsung managed to scratch across the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jin Kab-yong got on base with an infield single. Samsung's old and slow catcher managed to hit a ball into the hole on the right side of the infield. Second baseman Oh Jae-won was able to get a glove on the ball, but the throw was about ten feet wide of the base. Lee Yeong-wook hit a fly to deep left that Kim Hyeon-su had some trouble tracking down. Jin was able to rumble all the way home to tie the score at five, but Lee was caught trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

The two teams remained locked at five runs each until the bottom of the eleventh. Jang Won-sam had one of the most amazing relief appearances I've ever seen. Jang came in for the sixth inning and finished the game. Jang threw six innings(78 pitches, 47 strikes) of one-hit, one-walk baseball. Jang also struck out two. Not to be outdone, Doosan's Lee Hyeong-seung did his best to match Jang. Lee threw 3 2/3 innings(57 pitches, 39 strikes) of scoreless relief. Lee gave up one hit and one hit batsman while striking out seven.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Kim Sang-su lead off with a single off of reliever Lim Tae-hoon. Kim advanced to second on a sac bunt from Cho Dong-chan. Kim advanced to third when Lim bounced a forkball in the dirt and Kim made a mad dash for third base. He came in just before the throw from Yang Eui-ji's throw arrived. Lim struck out second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol for the second out of the inning. Park Han-yi drew a walk to put runners on the corners and stole second to get into scoring position. Choi Hyeong-woo drew another walk to load the bases for Park Seok-min. Lim started Park with two straight forkballs that he missed by about five feet. Park worked the count to 2-2 before Lim came back with another forkball. Park hit a bouncer just past the mound that shortstop Son Si-heon couldn't get the handle on. All runners were safe, including the go-ahead run. Lim and Son had to shuffle off the field while the Samsung Lions mobbed Park Seok-min.

This was an epic, epic series. All five games were decided by one run and two of them went into extra innings. I've got to tip my cap to Doosan. They gave Samsung everything they could handle and I'm honestly not sure that the better team won. That being said, I'm thrilled to have the Lions back in the Korean Series.

The Korean Series starts on Friday at 6 PM Incheon time. Starters haven't been named yet, but I'm guessing that SK will go with ace Kim Kwang-hyeon and Samsung will trot out Tim Redding.


Erik said...


Daniele said...

Sadness, lot of sadness... We lost a play off semifinal in such a stupid way... Not only for the final error today, but for a lot of error during all the series...


Dan said...

tough loss by Doosan. Lee Hyun-seung did a nice job for them from the pen.

They scored the final play a hit for Park Suk-min and no error on Son. Pretty sure it was an error, unless they deemed that Son would have no shot a slower running Park if he had fielded it cleanly. I'll have to watch it again, but pretty sure it was an error.

SK is now very well rested and I think they will take the KS in 6 games.

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Mike said...

Wow that was a great game. We had the Rangers Ray's game 5 play in the am and this game in the evening. It was a great day for basbeall

Sim'on 2057 said...

^^^^^^ highlights here..

Matt said...

I can't believe they didn't give Son an error on the final play. He probably could have got Park if he picked it cleanly.