Korea Opens KBO Season

A day after Japan started their season Korea begins theirs. A little more offense and less 1-0 games were witnessed in the Korean games, with four of the five games sellouts. The restrictions on food purchases and alcohol consumption have yet to have an impact on attendance. Below are the summaries of the 2015 Korean openers.

Nexen Heroes 5 Hanwha Eagles 4

The MVP of the league last year, Keon-chang Seo, got his team off to a good start with a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the 12th to give them a win over the annual last place team the Eagles. Despite spending most of his practices in the minor leagues because of discipline issues, Nyjer Morgan went 4 for 5 in a losing cause. The Heroes bullpen shut out the Eagles for six innings after starter Andy Van Hekken had given up four runs in the first six innings. The Eagles bullpen was not as proficient, giving up four runs after Mitch Talbot gave up one run in his first six innings.

Lotte Giants 12 KT Wiz 9

The Giants overcame an 8-2 deficit against the expansion Wiz with a seven run fifth. Jong-Yoon Park spanked a three run homer to fuel the fifth. Jun-Seok Choi hit a two run homer for the Giants. The Wiz got a big game from Sang-Hyun Kim, who went deep twice with a 2-run and 3-run bomb to deliver five RBIs in a losing cause. He finished the game with four hits in five at bats. Jim Adduci banged out three hits from the leadoff spot, scoring three times. Phil Irwin for the Wiz and Brooks Raley for the Giants both had poor starts each giving up seven or more runs in less than five innings of work.

Kia Tigers 3 LG Twins 1

Bum-Ho Lee homered to lead off the seventh to break a scoreless tie and the Tigers added two more runs in the inning to get the win. Hyun-Jong Yang pitched six shutout innings but Joon-Seop Im got the win by holding the Twins scoreless in the seventh. Ex-Oriole Suk-Min Yoon picked up the save, but it was not without some excitement as he gave up two hits and a run in the eighth inning, but retired the side in the ninth to earn the save. Henry Sosa took the loss for the Twins going six plus innings in his start before giving up the bomb to Lee.

Doosan Bears 9 NC Dinos 4

Myworld is expecting big things from the NC Dinos, but it didn’t start too well in the opener. Charlie Shirek did not last five innings giving up four runs, but only one of those was earned. Yunesky Maya survived six innings to get the win, giving up all four runs. Jae-Ho Kim had three hits from the bottom of the order and Hyun-Soo Kim and Jae-Hwan Kim each hit solo shots for the Bears.

Samsung Lions 6 SK Wyverns 1

The four time defending champion Lions got off to a good start. Alfred Figaro tossed six shutout innings to get the win. The Lions got to Travis Banwart early, racking him for four runs in four innings.

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