Friday, October 15, 2010

Samsung Bullpen Implodes, SK Takes Game 1

SK 9, Samsung 5
W - Jeong Woo-ram, L - Kwon Hyeok
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon Samsung HR - Kang Bong-gyu, Park Seok-min
SK leads the series 1-0

SK picked up a couple early runs thanks to a few dink hits and some intelligent base running. SK starter Kim Kwang-hyeon looked unhittable for the first four innings and he racked up eight K's in the first three innings. Kim ran into some trouble in the fifth inning. Kim loaded the bases and gave up a sac fly to Lee Yeong-wook to plate Samsung's first run. The Lions picked up another run on a passed ball and actually took the lead when Park Han-yi poked a single through the middle. I really can't believe Samsung actually held a lead in this game.

The sad part is they held the lead for all of ten minutes. Samsung's entire pitching staff appeared to forget how to throw strikes. Tim Redding gave up a lead off walk. Then, Kwon Hyeok gave up a walk. Kwon Oh-joon came in and actually looked competent until he gave up an infield single to Choi Jeong to load the bases. Former closer Oh Seung-hwan strode out from the bullpen for the first time in months and he...struggled. First, he walked pinch hitter Park Jae-hong to tie the game and then he gave up a base hit to DH Park Jae-hyeon to drive in a pair of runs.

SK piled on the Samsung bullpen in the sixth inning when SK rallied for four runs and took a 9-4 lead. The knockout punch came when Lee Woo-sun gave up a two-run homer to Park Jeong-kwon. It was about this time that I flipped over to the Discovery Channel to watch an episode of Mythbusters. I made a wise decision.

The Korean Series continues tomorrow at 2 PM Seoul time. Samsung will try to even the series with Cha Woo-chan, while SK will send out Lee Seung-ho. I don't really get why SK is going with Lee over Japanese national Ken Kadokura. Lee spent most of 2010 in the bullpen as SK's de facto closer. Lee has a 6-4 record with 20 saves and 5 holds over 89 2/3 innings. Lee is the owner of a 4.22 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. I guess I just don't understand baseball. We'll see what happens tomorrow at two.

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