Korean Game Week Wrap-Up

Woori vs. KIA

5/9 – KIA 12, Woori 1
5/10 – KIA 4, Woori 15/11 – KIA 3, Woori 1

Good news Tigers fans, KIA is showing signs of life for the first time all year. On Friday, the story was Jose Lima (5.70 ERA, 1-2, 1.47 WHIP). Lima tossed 7 strong innings(89 pitches, 55 strikes) allowing only two hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Woori helped out the KIA offense more than it should have by allowing 7 walks and committing three errors in the field during the Friday romp. The big bat for KIA was Lee Hyeon-gon(.254/.306/.343). Lee went 2-3 with a homer, a walk, 3 RBI and two runs scored.

KIA continued its hot pitching on Saturday and Sunday. Seo Jae-weong (3.72 ERA, 2-3, 1.49 WHIP) tossed 7 innings (100 pitches, 64 strikes) on Saturday. He allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 5. Lee Dae-jin (3.80 ERA, 1-3, 1.61 WHIP) started on Sunday. He tossed 5 innings (83 pitches, 49 strikes) while surrendering 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks. Han Ki-ju (2.13 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8 saves) saved both games for the Tigers.

Lotte vs. Doosan

5/9 – Lotte 9, Doosan 2
5/10 – Lotte 5, Doosan 3
5/11 – Doosan 4, Lotte 1

Friday’s lopsided affair featured a complete game from Lotte starter Marty McCleary (4.78 ERA, 2-1, 1.57 WHIP). McCleary needed 126 pitches (82 strikes) to go the distance against Doosan. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 9. Both Lee Dae-ho (.350/.448/.525, 5 HR, 31 RBI) and Karim Garcia (.252/.326/.504, 8 HR, 25 RBI) clubbed homers on Friday.

Starting pitching was also the story on Saturday for Lotte. Lotte’s Song Sung-jun (4.99 ERA, 5-2, 1.51 WHIP) threw 7 strong innings ( 107 pitches, 65 strikes). He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. He added 4 punchouts. The game was 5-0 when Doosan mounted a fake rally in the 7th off of a weary Song. Doosan’s Kim Hyeon-su (.366/.449/.485, 24 RBI, 8 SB) hit a two-run bomb in the inning. Cho Seong-hwan (.339/.377/.449) was Lotte’s top hitter on Saturday. Cho was 3-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.

On Sunday, it was Doosan who received some strong starting pitching. Lee Hye-cheon (5.13 ERA, 2-1, 1.25 WHIP) tossed 6 1/3 innings(91 pitches, 57 strikes) allowing only one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 5. Lotte’s only run came from a Kang Min-ho (.349/.424/.632, 7 HR, 22 RBI) solo homer in the 2nd inning. Doosan’s offense did muster 4 runs, but they came with a lot of help. Doosan only had 2 hits and three walks all day. Most of the runs came with help from 3 Lotte fielding errors.

Hanhwa vs. LG

5/9 – Hanhwa, 11 LG 5
5/10 – Hanhwa 7, LG 6
5/11 – LG 6, Hanhwa 1

Hanhwa clubbed three homers during their Friday night trouncing of LG. Kim Tae-gyun (.295/.4.05/.663, 10HR 28 RBI), Doug Clark (.320/.409/.660, 12 HR, 33 RBI) and Lee Yeong-woo (.347/.409/.512) all went long in the romp. LG starter Jamie Brown had another rough inning. He only lasted three innings while giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and two walks.

Doug Clark continued to make his early case for league MVP on Saturday night. Clark clubbed two more homeruns while going 2-3 with 4 RBI and two runs scored. Brad Thomas (3.60 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 6 saves) struck out three and only gave up 1 hit during his 1 1/3 inning of work. He recorded the save.

On Sunday it took an excellent effort from LG starter, Bong Jung-gun (3.71 ERA, 3-5, 1.34 WHIP), to beat Hanhwa and ace pitcher, Ryu Hyeon-jin (2.60 ERA, 5-2, 1.23 WHIP). Dr. Bong threw 8 1/3 innings (114 pitches, 66 strikes) allowing one run on 4 hits and three walks while striking out 5. The lone Hanhwa run came on a solo homer by Kim Tae-won (.294/.399/.563, 9 HR, 25 RBI). Ryu took the loss for Hanhwa, but it was the Hanhwa bullpen that allowed most of the damage. Ryu threw 6 innings (101 pitches, 62 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. He only struck out 4. LG’s top hitter was Ahn Chi-yong (.410/.540/.692 in only 39 AB’s). Ahn went 2-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and 1 run scored.

Samsung vs. SK

5/9 – SK 8, Samsung 5
5/10 – Samsung 7, SK 4
5/11 – SK 10, Samsung 7

Friday night’s game was a 4 hour grindfest. Both teams were fairly sloppy tried to use as many pitchers as possible. The big bats were SK’s Park Kyeong-won (.306/.417/.463) and Samsung’s Choi Hyeong-woo (.267/.347/.456). Park went 2-5 with a homer, 4 RBI and one run scored. Choi was 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Saturday’s game featured both better weather and a better result for the home team. SK banged out 14 hits, but Samsung pitching didn’t give them much help. Samsung’s 5 pitchers didn’t walk anyone. Park Kyeong-won clubbed another homer while going 3-4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Samsung’s catcher, Jin Kab-yong (.337/.404/.547, 6 HR, 19 RBI) also clubbed a homer while going 3-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Between the two teams, there were over 90 at bats. Samsung 1st baseman, Jacob Cruz (.304/.385/.400, 20 RBI) went 2-4 with a homer, a walk, 2 RBI and one run scored. SK’s Kim Jae-hyeon (.326/.433/.558) was 3-6 with two doubles, 3 RBI and two runs scored.

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