Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Samsung 1, SK 0

Samsung catcher Jin Kab-yong and company get funky during the celebration.

Samsung wins the series, 4-1
W - Cha Woo-chan (2-0), L - Brian Gordon (0-1), S - Oh Seung-hwan (3)
Samsung HR - Kang Bong-gyu (1)
SK HR - None

Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan was excellent for most of the game. Cha worked fast, threw strikes and kept putting zeroes on the scoreboard. Cha tossed seven shutout innings(104 pitches, 64 strikes). Cha gave up only five hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out seven.

Cha got into trouble in the second inning. With one out, SK DH Ahn Chi-yong walked and first baseman Choi Dong-su doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Center fielder Kim Kang-min walked to load the bases. Cha managed to strike out both catcher Jeong Sang-ho and shortstop Park Jin-man to end the threat.

Samsung got all the offense they would need in the fourth inning on a solo homer from left fielder Kang Bong-gyu. Kang put a Brian Gordon offering into the Samsung cheering section in left field to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Samsung reliever Ahn Ji-man came in for the eight inning looking like this (and later, like this). He promptly gave up an infield single to SK second baseman Jeong Geun-woo on a slow roller to short. Jeong advanced to second on a sac bunt from left fielder Park Jae-sang. Ahn struck out third baseman Choi Jeong and intentionally walked Park Jeong-kwon. Samsung called on closer Oh Seung-hwan to get the final out of the eight. It took him exactly one pitch to get DH Ahn Chi-yong to pop out to shallow center.

Oh stayed in for the ninth inning and finished off the Wyverns with a 1-2-3 innings. Oh's three saves earned him the series MVP award.

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