I bumped into the Samsung Lions newest addition, pitcher Doug Mathis, at the immigration office in Daegu yesterday. My guess is he'll be in action in fairly soon.
Doosan/LG and Hanhwa/Nexen were both washed out last night.
SK 11, Lotte 2
W - Lee Seung-ho (6-1), L - Goh Won-joon (4-6)
SK HR - Lee Ho-joon (6), Ahn Chi-yong 2(2), Jeong Sang-ho (6)
Lotte HR - Kim Ju-chan (2)
Lotte started the post All-star break looking as lethargic as they did when they started the season.
Lotte starter Goh Won-joon looked flat and uninterested and it showed in his stat line. Goh threw 5 1/3 innings(96 pitches, 61 strikes) and gave up five runs(all earned). Goh allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out four.
Things were bad when Goh was in the game, but things got out of hand when Lotte called upon its bullpen. "Relievers"(I didn't see them providing very much relief) Bae Jang-ho, Jin Myeong-ho and Kim Myeong-seong were all lit up.
Journeyman outfielder Ahn Chi-yong tagged Lotte pitching for two homers. Ahn went 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Catcher Jeong Sang-ho went 4-5 with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored.
SK starter Lee Yeong-wook was pulled from the game in the fourth inning because, well, he's not a very good pitcher. Lee Seung-ho came in and threw three scoreless innings. Lee gave up only one hit and one walk while striking out one.
Samsung 5, KIA 2
W - Jang Won-sam (4-4), L - Han Ki-ju (0-2), S - Oh Seung-hwan (27)
Samsung HR - None
KIA HR - None
KIA broke out a pseudo-throwback uni for their first game after the break. This is definitely one of the more aggressive designs in the KBO.
Samsung trailed for the majority of this game thanks to KIA pushing across a couple of runs in the early innings. Left fielder Kim Sang-hyeon drew a bases loaded walk in the first inning and third baseman Lee Beom-ho hit a RBI single in the second.
Samsung trailed 2-1 heading into the top of the eighth inning when they started a rally. Samsung put runners on the corners with two outs. Left fielder Kang Byeong-gyu put a single back through the middle to tie the game at two. The next batter, Shin Myeong-cheol, hit a ball to deep right that bounced off the wall and took that awkward bounce back towards center field. By the time the dust settled, Shin was standing on third and both runners had scored to give the Lions a 4-2 lead. Catcher Jin Kab-yong capped the rally with a flare into right for a base hit. Shin could have crawled in from third.
Lions closer Oh Seung-hwan struck out two during a perfect ninth for the save.
KIA starter Travis Blackley deserved better than a ND. Blackley threw 7 2/3 innings(114 pitches, 69 strikes) of two-run baseball. Big Trav only allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.
Samsung starter Jang Won-sam threw his best game of the year. Jang tossed seven innings(122 pitches, 74 strikes) and surrendered two runs. Jang gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five.