My Daily takes a look at KIA giving reliever Han Ki-joo a starting assignment. "Hey! I've got an idea! Let's give the guy who missed almost two full years a job that's going to put MORE stress on his arm! GIVE ME A RAISE!"
Someone at Osen wants to compare Hanhwa great Guh Dae-seong to Denny Bautista because they can both start, relieve and close.
Someone at Osen also thinks that Lotte manager Yang Seung-ho should be the team's MVP. This person must have been in a coma for April and May.
Osen does redeem themselves by giving us a preview of the possible winners of the KBO's Gold Glove at shortstop. A trio of smaller guys are the frontrunners for the award this year. Osen likes Samsung's Kim Sang-su, Hanhwa's Lee Dae-su and KIA's Kim Seon-bin. If I had to, I'd probably rank them 1. Lee, 2. Kim Sang-su and 3. Kim Seon-bin, but post-season performances often weigh heavy in the minds of voters.
KIA 8, Doosan 1
W - Han Ki-joo (1-3), L - Choi Hyeon-jin (0-1)
KIA HR - Na Ji-wan (18)
Doosan HR - None
KIA reliever Han Ki-joo made his first career start and looked solid. Han tossed five innings(87 pitches, 56 strikes) of one-run baseball. Han gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out three.
KIA DH Na Ji-wan hit a grand slam in the first inning as the Tigers routed the lowly Bears. KIA left fielder Yoo Jae-won also chipped in with a two-run double.
Nexen 5, LG 0
W - Kang Yoon-guh (3-0), Radhames Liz (10-13)
Nexen HR - Kim Min-woo (6)
LG HR - None
Nexen starter Kang Yoon-guh continued his run of solid pitching. Kang threw five shutout innings(83 pitches, 49 strikes) last night. Kang only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two. Kang started his career two years ago as a 19-year old reliever. He's been converted to a starter and looks like a competent KBO starter. He's only given up 18 baserunners in 17 innings this year, but walks might be a problem. He's allowed nine of them already.
Nexen third baseman Kim Min-woo broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with a two-run homer and the Nexen offense picked up a few more insurance runs in the late innings to earn the W. Doosan went out of their way to help the Heroes by committing four errors.
Samsung 3, SK 3
Samsung HR - None
SK HR - Jeong Sang-ho (11)
Samsung jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a three-run rally in the fourth inning. Most of the damage came on a two-run single from third baseman Cho Dong-chan.
SK cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning with a two-run homer from catcher Jeong Sang-ho. The Wyverns tied the game at three in the seventh inning on a RBI sac fly from first baseman Park Jin-man.
Tied was how the game would remain.
Lost in this game was a solid effort from Justin Germano. Germano threw six innings(76 pitches, 51 strikes) of two-run baseball. Germano gave up four hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Thanks to the tie, the Lotte Giants remain a full game up on the SK Wyverns for second place.