Bears Win Opener in Pitcher’s Duel

It took 11 innings for the lone run to score, a walk off sacrifice fly from Jae-Il Oh to give the Doosan Bears a 1-0 win over the NC Dinos in the opening game of the Korean Series championship. Dustin Nippert pitched eight shutout innings for the Bears, allowing just two hits. Zach Stewart pitched six shutout innings for the Dinos, allowing seven hits. The Bears were the team with the best opportunity to score through the first eight innings, stranding a runner on third twice in two innings and loading the bases in the eighth. But it went into extra innings with nary a runner crossing the plate.

The Dinos put a runner on third with one out in the tenth, but he was tagged out at home after a ground out to the infield. They also put two runners on in the 11th after two walks but Hyun Seung Lee came on to pitch and got the double play ground out. For the Bears Kyoung-Min Hur opened the 11th with a single, Jae-Ho Kim advanced him to second with a single and a deep fly to left by Kun-Woo Park moved the runners up a base. An intentional walk loaded the bases that set up the sacrifice fly by Oh to win the game.

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