Flexen Holds Giants Off While Bears Get Early Lead

Early runs for the Doosan Bears helped give them a 10-5 win over the Lotte Giants on Friday. The game was the start of a weekend series at the home of the Giants, the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

Flexen Wins Again Over Giants

The Bears attained seven runs through the first two innings, making starter Seo Jun-won get pulled early. On the flipside of things, Bears starter Chris Flexen played seven innings, allowing only one run in his appearance. Flexen earned his fourth win of the year and his second against the Giants.

Seo Struggles

Giants starter Seo had a short and damaging performance, only playing four innings before the bullpen was activated. Seo was given his second loss of the year for his game.

The Bears took the lead early with a three-run home run from Oh Jae-il. The game got extended to a seven-run lead an inning later, as hits from Jose Miguel Fernandes and Choi Joo-hwan scored two runs each.

The Giants finally got on the board in the fourth inning after a sacrifice fly ball from Han Dong-hee scored Lee Dae-ho from third base.

Scoring picked back up for the Bears in the fifth, with hits from Oh Jae-won and Hur Kyoung-min driving home a run each. The plays came against Song Seung-jun, who finished the inning before being pulled from the game.

Oh picked up another RBI two innings later, hitting a solo home run against Kang Dong-ho to give the Bears their 10th run in the game.

Moon Struggles, But Ends Game

Bears closer Moon Dae-won struggled to end the game, giving up four runs before getting his third out. Moon allowed home runs from Han Dong-hee and Shin Bon-gi which tacked four runs onto the score.

Bears See Chance To Reclaim Second

A successful outing for the Bears could boost them back up to second in the KBO, a place which was taken by the Kiwoom Heroes after the Bears held it for numerous weeks of play. The Bears, who have a 34-23 record currently, are half-a-game behind the 35-23 Heroes.

The Giants will host the Bears for two more games this week. The second game is set to happen on Saturday with a start time of 6:00PM KST (5:00AM EDT).

Around The KBO

A one-sided game went to the NC Dinos, who defeated the LG Twins 12-2. Drew Rucinski got his eighth win of the season, moving his 2020 record to 8-1.

Although an early lead was enough for the KT Wiz, the team climbed to an 8-3 win over the Samsung Lions to kick off their weekend series.

The SK Wyverns made their game too close for comfort against the Hanhwa Eagles, scoring three runs in the ninth. However, the Eagles were able to hold on for a 6-5 win.

Going into the 11th inning to find a winner, a hit from Choi Won-joon scored a runner, giving the Kia Tigers a 9-8 win against the Kiwoom Heroes.

Bats Heat Up For Giants In Extra Innings Versus Bears

For the second straight game in the series, the Doosan Bears went into extra innings against the Lotte Giants. This time, however, it was the Giants who got the win after a strong five-run 11th inning let them win 8-3.

The win was the only the Giants picked up in the series, losing the two previous games to the Bears at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, Korea.

Back-And-Forth Lead Battle

The Bears got on the board first, with a hit from Park Kun-woo batting in Choi Joo-hwan.

The Giants had a long fifth inning, scoring two runs with eight at-bats in the inning. With bases loaded, a routine ground ball to first went past the base, allowing two runners to score and make the game 2-1 for the Giants.

Extending their lead by another run, the Giants first-baseman Lee Dae-ho batted in Jeon Jun-woo in the seventh against reliever Park Chi-guk.

Tying the game up and forcing overtime innings, the Bearsd drove in two runs in the eighth against Lee In-bok. A hit from Park Kun-woo dropped down in center field, scoring two runners.

Extra Innings Needed

Heading to the 11th inning, the game was still tied 3-3. That changed in the 11th inning five a long series of runs scored by the Giants. First, a hit from Lee Dae-ho drove home aAro run, giving him his second RBI in the game. A following hit from An Chi-hong got two more runners in.

The first few runs came against reliever Lee Hyung-bum, with him being pulled after. Dixon Machado hit a sacrifice fly that scored another runner. Before Kim Joon-tae gave the third out to the team, a hit from Han Dong-hee scored another runner, giving the Giants an 8-3 lead.

The Bears were not able to score against Koo Seung-min, who pitched the final inning for the Giants.

American Starters Battle

Both starting pitchers played five innings. Giants starter Dan Straily allowed seven hits and one run, obtaining five strikeouts. Chris Flexen, who was making his second appearance against the Giants, allowed two runs and three hits.

 

Finishing the series, the Giants sit in sixth place in the KBO, with the Bears eing up in third. Next week, the Giants start their week on the road, playing against the Kia Tigers in a three game series. They head back home on Friday, hosting a series against the KT Wiz.

So far this season, the Giants have went 0-3 against the Tigers and 3-0 against the Wiz.

The series against the Tigers starts on Tuesday, with first pitch at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

Runs in the fifth and sixth inning put the SK Wyverns ahead, allowing them to cruise to a 6-4 victory over the Hanhwa Eagles. The win gave the Wyverns a sweep of the whole series, extending their winning streak to four games.

Out of all high scoring games on Sunday, the biggest lead saw the NC Dinos get a 18-7 win against the Samsung Lions. The win was a bounce back for the top ranked KBO team, the Dinos, as they lost the first two games of the series.

A 13-5 win gave the LG Twins a good win against the Kia Tigers. It was a strong week for the Twins, who went 5-1 in their games.

While the Kiwoom Heroes would get close to the lead of the KT Wiz, they never fully caught up, with the Wiz winning 12-8.

Bears Keep Lead Over Giants To Start Series

The Doosan Bears picked up their third win of the year over the Lotte Giants on Friday, winning 4-2 at home. The game kicked off a three-game series happening at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, Korea.

Despite the Giants getting 10 hits, double the amount of hits the Bears scored, they were never able to catch up to the lead that was started in the fourth inning.

The first time the two teams met, the Bears took two of the three games.

Strong Pitching From Bears

Continuing his strong year, Bears starting pitcher Raul Alcantara got his fourth win of the year. His appearance lasted six innings, allowing nine hits and two runs. Sitting at 4-1 in five appearances, Alcantara has earned two of those wins against the Giants.

Closing the show for the Bears was Ham Duk-joo, who was given the save after pitching in the ninth. Other relievers Lee Hyun-seung and Yoon Myung-jun pitched an inning each, only allowing one hit.

Giants starter Noh Kyung-eun got his first loss of the year, moving his record to 1-1 over four appearances. He went six innings, earning four strikeouts while allowing four hits and three runs.

Bears Gain Lead

The Bears were first to score, with a hit in the third inning from Park Kun-woo allowing Hur Kyoung-min to score. Kun-woo got home as well, with a hit from Jose Miguel Fernandez letting him score. Fernandez is currently in second place for RBIs in the KBO, with 22 in total, trailing 24 from Kia Tigers player Preston Tucker.

The Giants were able to answer back with a run in the fourth, as a hit from Son Ah-seop brought in Kim Joon-tae.

Extending their lead, the Bears player Park Se-hyuk was able to hustle home off of a sacrifice fly, making the game 3-1 for the home team.

Bringing the game within a run again, a ground ball from Dixon Machado allowed Kim to get home a second time.

Finishing off the scoring in the game, Hur hit a solo shot that put the Bears up 4-2.

Giants Back Down To Latter Half

The Giants have moved back down into the bottom half of the KBO standings, sitting in sixth with a 10-11 record. Moving to 13-8, the Bears sit in third place, two games behind the second-place LG Twins.

The Giants and Bears will meet two more times this week, with game two starting at 5:00PM KST (4:00AM EDT) on Saturday.

Around The KBO

Getting their fifth win in a row, the LG Twins defeated the Kia Tigers in a 6-2 performance.

Down by four runs in the seventh inning, the Samsung Lions were able to mount a comeback over three innings, defeating the NC Dinos 5-4. The Lions become only the fourth team to give the Dinos a loss.

After two runs in the third inning gave the Kiwoom Heroes the lead, they kept the lead for the rest of the game, defeating the KT Wiz 5-1.

While the Hanhwa Eagles scored four runs late in the game, it wasn’t enough to come back from the lead the SK Wyverns had, which ended as an 8-6 win.

Bears Hand Giants Second Loss, Ending Series At 1-2

The Doosan Bears finished their series against the Lotte Giants with a win on Thursday, beating the home team 7-4. The win makes them win the series 2-1, bouncing back from a loss in the previous game.

While the game was even after four innings, the Bears pulled ahead in later innings, including a seventh inning which sealed their win, including a home run from Oh Jae-il. The game wrapped up the week-long homestretch for the Giants at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

An Early Tied Game

In the first pitch against the Giants, Min Byung-hun blasted a home run into left field. The solo shot was his second of the year and his second game in a row. Later that inning, a hit from An Chi-hong brought home a second run to make a lead of 2-0.

The Bears were able to answer back in the second inning. The first play came off of a defensive mishap, where the Giants third baseman Han Dong-hee failed to tag a runner and first baseman Lee Dae-ho did not catch the ball.

The second run for the Bears came later in the inning with Chung Sang-ho batting in Kim Jae-ho.

Bears Pull Ahead

Taking the lead for the first time in the game, Bears Oh Jae-il batted in Park Kun-woo in the fifth inning. Park Se-woong, who started for the Giants, was given the loss for the game after pitching five innings.

Chris Flexen, who was the starter for the Bears, got his second win of the season after allowing six hits through six innings. He finished his appearance by pitching out of a jam, with no outs and a runner on third and first.

The lead was extended in the seventh after a two-run shot from Oh Jae-il against pitcher Ko Hyo-jun. Later in the inning, Hur Kyoung-min brought in another run.

In the seventh inning, a home run from Jose Miguel Fernandez put the Bears up 7-2.

Slightly lessening the lead, Giants scored two runs in the eighth. First, a ball hit off  the right field wall from An Chi-hong brought Kim Dong-han home. After, a fly ball hit from Dixon Machado brought in Lee Dae-ho. With that play, Machado earned an RBI for the fifth game in a row.

On The Road To Daejeon

The Giants start a three-game series versus the Hanhwa Eagles tomorrow at the Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, South Korea. The Eagles currently have a 3-6 record, going 1-2 in their recent series against Kia Tigers.

The game is set to start at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT), however early forecasts predict rain could affect the game.

Around The KBO

A low scoring 1-0 game allowed the NC Dinos to sweep their series against the KT Wiz. With the win, the Dinos took first place in the KBO.

A rally in the first inning for the Hanhwa Eagles allowed them to cruise to a 4-1 win against the Kia Tigers. The Eagles bounced back with the win, losing the two previous games in the series.

Pinch hitter Jeong Keun-woo was able to get the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth for the LG Twins, batting in Oh Ji-hwan to make the final score 3-2 against the SK Wyverns.

 

Min Byung-hun Earns Giants Walk-Off Win Over Bears

After a back and forth game, a solo home run from Min Byung-hun gave the Lotte Giants a 10-9 win against the Doosan Bears. The win, which came at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea, is a bounce back from yesterday’s game, the first time the Giants lost in the season.

The momentum between the two teams swayed throughout, as the game saw many lead changes.

2-2 To Start

The Bears got to scoring first, with Kim Jae-hwan drilling a two-run shot into the stands, making it the third game in a row he’s hit a home run. He also has a seven-game streak of RBIs currently.

The Giants were able to answer back within the same inning with a rally. It started with a wild pitch taking Jeon Jun-woo home from second, as the ball cruised to the very back of the area behind the plate. After, Lee Dae-ho got a single that drove Son Ah-seop in from third.

Bears Build Lead

A preliminary lead was gained by the Bears in the second inning after Park Se-hyuk scored off of a ground ball.

The lead was extended by two more in the third. First, a hit from Oh Jae-won brought in a runner. A ground ball from Park Se-hyuk took Jae-won home later in the inning.

Giants Grab Lead

Despite getting two outs early in the fifth inning, the Giants had a strong batting rally in the round. With bases loaded, An Chi-hong was walked, bringing home Jung Bo-geun.

Dixon Machado stepped up next, batting in two runners and tying the game up at 5-5.

Both starters, Bears’ Lee Young-ha and Giants’ Seo Jun-won were pulled after the fifth inning.

The runs continued for the home team in the sixth, with Son Ah-seop hitting a ball into right field that took two runs home.

Lead Changes Again… And Again

The Bears regained the lead in the seventh when pinch hitter Choi Joo-hwan earned a three-run home run, dinging it off of the right field foul pole to make the game 8-7.

The Giants tied with a triple from Lee Dae-ho, batting in a run in the process. The second runner on base, Son Ah-seop, was caught at home. A single from An Chi-hong allowed a runner to score later, taking the lead to 9-8 for the Giants.

Late Game Home Run Battle

Leading off the top of the ninth, Oh Jae-il drilled a ball deep into the right field grandstands to make the game an even 9-9. Closer Kim Won-joong finished the inning, being awarded his first win of the season.

The game-winning home run from Min Byung-hun came against Lee Hyung-bum, who was given the loss of the game.

Tied After Two

Now at a 6-1 record, the Giants are tied for first in the KBO with the NC Dinos. The win ties the three-game series with the Dinos at 1-1. The final game of the series takes place on Thursday with a start time of 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

After David Buchanan pitched eight innings allowing only two hits, the Samsung Lions went on to win a shutout 5-0 game over the Kiwoom Heroes.

The bats got busy early for the LG Twins, who defeated the SK Wyverns 14-2.

After getting the lead early in the game, strong late-inning pitching from the Kia Tigers (which was matched) allowed them to cruise to a 4-3 win against the Hanhwa Eagles.

A 4-4 game went to the 10th inning between the KT Wiz and NC Dinos, with pinch hitter Kang Jin-sung batting in the game-winning run for the Dinos.

Early Inning Troubles Against Bears Give Giants First Loss

After a rough starting performance from Lotte Giants pitcher Jang Won-sam, the Doosan Bears continued to add onto the score of what would finish as a 11-6 win on Tuesday. The hit-heavy game took place at the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

The game marks the first loss for the Giants, who had went 5-0 in the previous week, facing the KT Wiz and SK Wyverns. The game saw the teams score 35 hits in total.

The Bears Get Ahead By Five

The Bears had a quick start, earning five runs over two innings against Giants starter Jang Won-sam. The first run came in the the first, where a single from Kim Jae-hwan brought Jose Miguel Fernandez home.

A rally of hits in the second brought in four more runs. First, a hit off the wall in center from Jung Soo-bin brought in Park Se-hyuk from third base. When Fernandez got to the plate again he hit a double that brought two more runs in. The next play saw a hit from Oh Jae-il bring Fernandez in to make the lead 5-0.

After allowing 10 hits and five runs, Won-sam was pulled after the third inning.

Giants Answer Back

The Giants scored some runs of their own in the third inning. It started with a ground ball from Shin Bon-gi which allowed Jeon Jun-woo to advance from third.

Son Ah-seop came around from second to home after a double from An Chi-hong.

Jae-hwan Goes Deep

Matched against Giants reliever Song Seung-jun in the fourth inning, Kim Jae-hwan hit a two-run home run to make the Bears lead 7-2. The home run was his third of the season, and the second game in a row he’s gotten one past the wall.

Lead Shortened By Giants

Two more runs came in favour of the Giants in the fifth inning. Jung Hoon hit a ball into center that allowed Shin Bon-gin the chance to score.

The next batter, Dixon Machado, was able to bring home An Chi-hong off of a hit to left field. The play earned Machado his ninth RBI of the season.

After the Giants scored two more runs in the fifth, Bears starter Raul Alcantara was taken out of the game. While being awarded the win, Alcantara allowed 12 hits and four runs.

Bringing the game to within two runs, Jeon Jun-woo nailed a ball into the right field in the sixth. The solo shot was his third of the season, this time earned against reliever Yoon Myung-jun.

Back Out of Reach

Three runs earned by the Bears in the seventh brought the game out of reach for the Giants. After Kim Jae-hwan batted in a run, Oh Jae-won hit a two-run homerun to make the score 10-5. The runs came against Koo Seung-min, who finished the inning after.

Both teams scored a run in the ninth inning. With bases loaded, Bears pinch hitter Kim In-tae got a hit, scoring Kim Jae-hwan.

A ground ball sent Giants right fielder Son Ah-seop to the plate once again, making the final score of the game 11-5 for the Bears.

Looking Ahead

The Bears, defending Korean Series Champions, will play the Giants again two more times in the series. The Wednesday game is scheduled to happen at 6:30PM KST (5:30AM EDT).

Around The KBO

In a low scoring battle, the Kiwoom Heroes beat the Samsung Lions 3-2. Moving their record to 6-1, the Heroes now hold first place in the KBO.

While Hanhwa Eagles pitcher Kim Min-woo was able to limit the Kia Tigers to one hit in seven innings, scoring plays against relievers in the late innings allowed the Tigers to get a 2-1 victory.

Racking up eight runs in the first four innings, the LG Twins coasted to a safe 9-5 victory against the SK Wyverns.

After a 6-6 game brought the KT Wiz and NC Dinos into extra innings, a solo home run from Park Suk-min allowed the Dinos to take a 7-6 win at home.