Sunday, October 9, 2011

KIA 5, SK 1

KIA leads the series, 1-0
W - Yoon Seok-min (1-0), L - Kim Kwang-hyeon (0-1)
KIA HR - Cha Il-mok (1)
SK HR - Choi Dong-su (1)

The Korean baseball press got the matchup they wanted. KIA ace Yoon Seok-min got the start for the Tigers and the Wyverns went with their struggling ace, Kim Kwang-hyeon. The 23-year old ace had only thrown seven innings since June after being shut down with an injury.

Kim tossed 4 2/3 innings(88 pitches, 52 strikes) of one-run baseball. Kim gave up four hits and three walks, but didn't manage to strikeout anyone. It didn't help that SK looked a little shaky behind him. They didn't make any errors, but they didn't play the crisp defensive game that they're known for.

Yoon stepped up for the Tigers and threw a complete game(109 pitches, 70 strikes). Yoon gave up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Yoon only got in trouble when he appeared to tire in the ninth inning and pinch hitter Choi Dong-su tagged him for a solo homer.

KIA took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a sac fly from shortstop Kim Seon-bin. KIA added some insurance when they loaded the bases in the ninth inning and catcher Cha Il-mok unloaded them with a grand slam homer to ice the game.

The series continues at 2 PM on Sunday in Incheon. KIA's Aquilino Lopez will pitch against SK's Song Eun-beom. Lopez went 11-9 with a 3.98 ERA in 153 2/3 innings. Lopez struck out 106 while only walking 26 batters. Song Eun beom was 8-8 with a save and four holds in 78 2/3 innings. Song struck out 55 and walked 45. If he makes it out of the third inning, it will be a surprise.

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