Friday, July 22, 2011

7/21 Roundup and News

The KBO All-star game will be played on Saturday night at 6:30 local time. Rosters can be seen here. Weather permitting.

Doosan 6, Lotte 4
W - Kim Sun-woo (8-5), L - Jang Won-joon (8-3), S - Lee Hyeon-seung (3)
Doosan HR - Kim Dong-ju (10)
Lotte HR - Hong Seong-heun (4)

Lotte picked up a couple late runs to make this game look a little closer than it really was.

Doosan fell behind early thanks to a RBI single in the first inning by Lotte right fielder Son Ah-seop, but the Bears offense put together more than a few one and two-run innings and wound up with a 6-1 lead.

The Doosan outfield played a huge part in piecing together an offense. Bears left fielder Kim Hyeon-su went 1-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Right fielder Jeong Su-bin went 1-3 with a walk, one RBI and two runs scored. Center fielder Lee Jong-wook went 3-4 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored.

Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo was solid. Kim threw seven innings(93 pitches, 63 strikes) of one-run baseball. Kim allowed four hits and struck out five. Doosan reliever Lee Hyeon-seung threw a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save after reliever Kim Kang-ryul gave up a solo homer to Lotte DH Hong Seong-heun.

Nexen 11, LG 7
W - Lee Bo-geun (2-1), L - Shim Su-chang (0-6)
Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge 2(14)
LG HR - None

This was not a game for fans of good pitching. Both LG starter Ben Jukich and Nexen starter Moon Seong-hyeon were chased from the game in the fourth inning. The Nexen bullpen was slightly less bad than the LG bullpen.

Corey Aldridge blasted a three-run homer in bottom of the third that tied the game at three. Aldridge blasted a solo homer in the sixth inning that wound up being the difference on the scoreboard. After Aldridge's second homer, Nexen rallied for three more runs in the sixth inning
to put the game out of reach.

Nexen right fielder Song Ji-man actually lead off the game for the Heroes. Song is one of the all-time great sluggers in the KBO at the end of a long and productive career. He wasn't the prototypical lead off guy even when he was younger. Song went 3-5 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.

Center fielder Jang Ki-yeong went 3-4 with a double, two RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. Shortstop Kang Jeong-ho went 3-4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored.

LG banged out 13 hits, but only one went for extra bases. Right fielder Lee Jin-yeong delivered the Twins' only extra-base hit of the night with a double in the third inning. Lee finished 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI.

KIA 4, Hanhwa 2
W - Yoon Seok-min (12-2), L - Kim Hyeok-min (4-7)
KIA HR - None
Hanhwa HR - None

With this effort, KIA starter Yoon Seok-min dotted the exclamation point that has been his 2011 pre-all star break effort.

Yoon threw seven innings(114 pitches, 76 strikes) of one-run ball. Yoon allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five.

KIA did most of its damaged during a three-run rally in the third inning. Right fielder Kim Won-seop started the scoring with a RBI double and later scored on a RBI single from third baseman Lee Beom-ho. Lee advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a Choi Hee-seop single.

SK 2, Samsung 1
W - Song Eun-beom (6-2), L - Ahn Ji-man (10-4)
SK HR - Park Jin-man (3)
Samsung HR - None

SK took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single from first baseman Lee Ho-joon. SK held onto that one run lead until Samsung tied the game in the eight inning on a RBI single from slugger Choi Hyeong-woo.

SK shortstop Park Jin-man was a thorn in the side of his former team yet again. Park blasted a solo homer in the top of the ninth to give SK a late 2-1 lead.

SK reliever Song Eun-beom stayed on to pitch a scoreless ninth and earn the W.

Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan finally threw a quality start despite walking five and allowing nine baserunners total. Cha threw 6 1/3 innings(102 pitches, 49 strikes) of one-run ball. Cha managed to strike out six.

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