Monday, October 17, 2011

SK 7, Lotte 6 (10)

SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho celebrates after his homer in the tenth inning.

SK leads the series, 1-0
W - Jeong Woo-ram (1-0), L - Chris Bootcheck (0-1)
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (1), Ahn Chi-yong (2), Jeong Sang-ho (1)
Lotte HR - Kim Ju-chan (1)

This game wore me out. It started at two, went almost until 6:30 and saw four lead changes. This was a marathon of a baseball game.

Lotte started the scoring with a lead off homer from Kim Ju-chan in the first inning. It could have been worse for SK. The Giants loaded the bases with one out, but catcher Kang Min-ho grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The Giants tacked on a pair of runs in the second inning to push the lead to 3-0. Kim Ju-chan hit a RBI single, stole second and scored on a Son Ah-seop single.

SK answered back in the fourth inning with a solo homer from first baseman Park Jeong-kwon to cut the lead to 3-1. SK loaded the bases with only one out. Shortstop Park Jin-man hit a sac fly to make it a 3-2 game and second baseman Jeong Geun-woo tied it with a base-hit.

Lotte took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a RBI single from center fielder Jeon Joon-woo. Jeon's single chased SK starter Kim Kwang-hyeon from the ball game. Kim threw 3 2/3 innings(85 pitches, 48 strikes) and was charged with four runs. Kim gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Reliever Lee Yeong-wook got slugger Lee Dae-ho to hit into a force out to end the inning.

SK tied the game in the sixth when center fielder Kim Kang-min lead off with a double and scored on a Park Jin-man single.

SK took a 6-4 lead in the seventh after right fielder Ahn Chi-yong clubbed a two-run bomb.

Lotte put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Second baseman Cho Seong-hwan hit a grounder that deflected off reliever Park Hee-su's glove and bounced to second baseman Jeong Geun-woo. Cho was out at first, but the runner from third was able to score to cut the lead to 6-5.

Lotte tied the game at six in the eighth inning. With two outs and the bases empty, DH Hong Seong-heun singled, stole second and scored on a base hit from Lee Dae-ho. The steal was a little controversial because Hong put his spikes right into second baseman Jeong Geun-woo's shin in order to slide in safely. Hey, this is playoff baseball. Spikes up or go home.

Lotte put runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Infielder Song Yong-seok hit grounder back to reliever Eom Jeong-wook. Eom froze the runner at third before throwing Song out at first. Kim Ju-chan was intentionally walked to load the bases and Eom was pulled for Jeong Woo-ram. Jeong needed exactly one pitch to get Son Ah-seop to ground into an inning ending double play.

SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho hit a solo homer to give SK a 7-6 lead. The homer was a line shot that landed in the third row of the left field seats.

Jeong Woo-ram stayed on for the bottom of the tenth and threw a perfect inning to end the game.

Game two is Monday night at 6 PM Busan time at Fortress Sajik. Lotte will send Song Seung-joon against SK's Brian Gordon. Song went 13-10 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 172 1/3 innings. He walked 59 and struck out 126. Gordon was 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 75 2/3 innings. He walked 20 and struck out 34.

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