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Dinos Advance for Rematch Against Bears

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Last year the Doosan Bears swept the Dinos in the championship series. After the Dinos blanked the Lotte Giants 9-0 it set up another rematch against the Bears, this time a five game series in the semifinal round.

Eric Hacker pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball to keep the Giants grounded. A seven run fifth broke a 0-0 tie, turning the deciding game into a rout. Sung-Bum Na drove in the last two runs of the fifth to lead the Dinos. Four walks in the inning doomed the Bears.

Shi-Heon Son collected three singles, two of them driving in runs in the fifth and eighth innings to secure the victory.

Giants Even Series in KBO Playoffs

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The previous night the NC Dinos outhomered the Lotte Giants. Last night it was the Giants turn to homer. Ah-Seop Son hit two homeruns, including a big three run homer in the fifth to lead the Giants over the Dinos 7-1. Dae-Ho Lee and Jun-Woo Jeon also hit solo homers for the Giants.

Paul Lindblom worked eight innings of one run ball, striking out 11 to get the win. The series goes to the deciding fifth game with Eric Hacker going for the Dinos and 21 year old Se-Woong Park given the assignment for the Giants.

Dinos Go Deep in Rout of Giants

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The NC Dinos used the Lotte Giants pitchers for batting practice in their 13-6 win. Five balls carried over the fence with Jin-Hyuk No hitting two over the fence in a 4 for 4 day with three RBIs. He was a replacement for the normal third baseman in the third inning. Sung-Bum Na, Xavier Scruggs and Chang-Min Mo also went deep for the Dinos. For Mo it is his second homerun of the playoffs. For Scruggs the first inning homer got the scoring started for the Dinos.

The Dinos are now up on the Giants two games to one. They are one game away from advancing to the semi-finals to face the Doosan Bears.

Lotte Beats Dinos in Rare Pitcher’s Duel

Monday, October 9th, 2017

1-0 pitcher’s duels are rare in Korea. That was the score with the Lotte Giants beating the NC Dinos in the second playoff game of the best of five series. Brooks Raley pitched 5.1 innings of shutout relief for the Giants. The bullpen followed with three pitchers getting an inning or more of work. Seung-Tak Son worked the last inning to earn the save.

Hyun-Shik Jang was wild for the NC Dinos, walking five, but he went seven innings, giving up only three hits and one unearned run. An error on a grounder in the second inning and two walks loaded the bases. A ground out double play allowed the only run to score. The Dinos were able to get a runner to second base on three occasions, but could not get the big hit to score the run and tie the game.

The best of five series is now even at 1-1.

Japan Wins Asian Title

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Japan beat Taiwan 6-1 to reclaim the Asia Baseball Championship, their 18th title. Korea secured the title in 2015. The third tiger Taiwan had to settle for a second place finish for the fourth consecutive tournament. Korea won the third place game over the Philippines 15-0.

With the wins Japan, Taiwan and Korea qualify for the Under 23 World Championships to be played in 2018. The Netherlands and Czech Republic are two other teams who have qualified. In late November the Pan American Confederation of Baseball Under 23 Championships will qualify five more countries. Those games will be played November 23 to December 3 in Panama City, Panama.

Taiwan had beaten Korea in pool play 3-2 while Japan cruised through their pool undefeated, beating Hong Kong 30-0 and Pakistan 13-1. China had to withdraw from the tournament dropping the number of teams in the pool to three.

Japan shutout out both Korea (3-0) and Taiwan (10-0) in the semi-final games but with only one loss Taiwan advanced to the championship while Korea, the defending champions had to settle for the third place game.

Dinos Down Lotte Giants in KBO Playoff Opener

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Eric Hacker for the Dinos and Josh Lindblom of the Giants both pitched well. Hacker gave up one run in seven innings and Lindblom two runs in six. Heon-Do Park crashed a clutch solo homerun for the Giants in the bottom of the eighth to tie it up 2-2.

The game went into overtime and NC erupted for seven runs in the top of the 11th to take the opener 9-2. Chang-Min Mo cleared the bases with a grand slam homerun to seal the victory. Three straight walks had preceded the homerun.

Dinos Win KBO Wild Card Game

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The NC Dinos opened the KBO playoffs with a 10-5 win over the SK Wyverns in the wild card game. Playing without MVP Eric Thames, who went to the major leagues for the 2017 season the Dinos finished a disappointing fourth place, after sitting atop the division in the early part of the year. The team signed Xavier Scruggs to take his place but his bat has not been as productive as Thames, though 35 homeruns and 111 RBIs is nothing to sneeze at.

The batting hero in the wild card game was their young All Star Sung-Bum Na, one of myworld’s favorite Korean players. He hit a three run homerun in the bottom of the first off Merrill Kelly to give the Dinos an early 3-0 lead. Na finished the 2017 season hitting .347 with 24 homeruns and 99 RBIs. Sol-Min Park also hit a solo shot in the first inning to up the lead to 4-0.

Kelly was sent to the showers after giving up four runs in the third inning to put the Wyverns in an 8-2 hole. Jin-Gi Jeong hit two homeruns for the Wyverns, a solo shot in the fourth and a two run blast in the sixth to lead the Wyverns offense.

Jeff Manship only worked four innings for the Dinos, denying himself a victory.

The Dinos now must play a best of five game series against the third place team the Lotte Giants.

KBO Postseason Teams Finalized

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The five teams to make the KBO playoffs have been determined. The SK Wyverns have snuck into the playoffs as the fifth place team. They will play either the Lotte Giants or the NC Dinos, who are locked in a tie for third. The Doosan Bears and the Kia Tigers are separated by just 1.5 games in a battle for the top spot in the KBO. The four remaining teams battling for the final playoff position are down to three or less games to play in the season.

The team that wins the regular season is automatically guaranteed a spot in the championship series while the fourth and fifth place teams battle for the wild card spot. The fifth place team must beat the fourth place team twice to advance while the fourth place team needs to win only once. The winner of that game will play the third place team in a best of five series. The winner of that series will play the second place team in another five game series. Finally, the winner of that series will play the first place team in a best of seven series.

Japan Still Number One in Baseball Despite United States Dominance

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The United States has finished higher than Japan in most of the tournaments the two play in. The main reason Japan is rated higher is they have played in more tournament, two November World Cup age tournaments that the United States chose not to participate in. The voting system tends to favor quantity of tournaments played rather than quality.

Below are the top ten countries in baseball. You can see the complete list at WBSC.org.

1) Japan - 5598
2) United States - 5414
3) Korea - 4908
4) Taiwan - 3747
5) Cuba - 3637
6) Mexico - 2957
7) Australia - 2634
8) Netherlands - 2374
9) Venezuela - 2286
10) Canada - 2142

Under 18 World Cup All Tournament Team

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Below is the Under 18 World Cup all tournament team. Myworld will include other players who were deserving of consideration based on their statistical performance.

Catcher - Dae-Hyun Cho (Korea) - .278, 1 HR, 11 runs scored, 8 RBIs with a .935 OPS

First Base - Leonardo Seminati (Italy) - .423, 2 HR, 7 RBI with 1.185 OPS

Second Base - Cesar Prieto (Cuba) - .581 ave with a 1.251 OPS

Third Base - Noah Naylor (Canada) - .313 average with .856 OPS

Shortstop - Brice Turang (United States) - .364, 7 runs scored with a .932 OPS

Outfield - Jin-Won Ye (Korea) - .355, 1 HR, 10 runs scored, 6 RBIs with a .992 OPS
Outfield - Alek Thomas (United States) - .361, 8 RBIs and six runs scored with 5 stolen bases
Outfield - Michael Siani (United States) - .333, 12 runs scored and 6 RBIs with 7 stolen bases and a .896 OPS

Starting Pitcher - Ethan Hankins (United States) - 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 27 K’s in 12 innings

Relief Pitcher - Fuminaru Taura (Japan) - 1-1, 1.32 ERA with 29 K’s in 13.2 innings

Others to Consider

United States

Triston Casas - .250, 3 homeruns and 13 RBIs with .993 OPS. Voted MVP of the tournament
Matthew Liberatore - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 12 innings
Ryan Weathers - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings
Brandon Dieter - 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 10 innings

Korea

Jun-Hwan Jang - .381, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs with 7 runs scored and a 1.234 OPS. 8 walks
Baek-Ho Kang - .375, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 runs scored, 4 2Bs with a 1.100 OPS. Also 4 K’s in 2 innings. The Shohei Otani of Korea.
In-Hyok Yi - .300, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 runs scored with a .967 OPS
Been Gwak - 1-1, 2.51 with 18 K’s in 14.1 innings
Min Kim - 1-0, 0.77 in 11.2 innings

Japan

Kaito Kozono - .378 average
Hisanori Yasuda - .324 average, 4 2Bs with a .918 OPS
Ginji Miura - 2-0, 0.00 ERA with 19 K’s in 12 innings
Kento Kawabata - 0-2, 2.51 ERA with 25 K’s in 14.1 innings

Canada

Jason Willow - .333, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 7 runs scored with a .928 OPS
Archer Brookman - .219, 2HR, 11 RBIs, 9 runs scored with a .866 OPS

Australia

Jack O’Loughlin - 2-0, 0.69 ERA with 15 K’s in 13 IP

Cuba

Roidal Martinez - .429 ave with a 1.026 OPS
Victor Mesa - .320 ave.

Taiwan

Han-Yu Tseng - .393 with .964 OPS
Tien-Hsin Kuo - .364 with .860 OPS

Netherlands

Dylan Koster - .364 with .845 OPS
Donny Breek - 1-1, 1.08 ERA, 18 K’s 16.2 innings, 151 opponent average

Italy

Michele Vassalotti - 1-0, 1.64 ERA with 15 K’s in 11 innings
Chih-Jung Liu - 1-1, 1.98 with 13 K’s in 13.2 IP
Yi-Sheng Chu - 1.29 ERA with 12 K’s in 7 IP

Nicaragua

Wandley Lagos - .424 ave, 4 stlen bases with a .899 OPS
Jeyner Flores - .393 ave, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs with 1.219 OPS

Mexico

Saul Martinez - .423 with a 1.041 OPS
Jose Gaona - .400 with a 1.070 OPS
Jorge Valdez - 1-0, 1.17 ERA with 10 K’s in 7.2 innings

South Africa

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