Dino’s and Bears Split in First Two Games of KBO Playoffs

In front of ex-teammate Eric Thames, the NC Dinos ended a six game playoff losing streak to the Doosan Bears with a 13-5 opening playoff win in a best of five series. His foreign replacement in the lineup, Xavier Scruggs had the key hit in the game with a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Dinos a 6-4 lead. Scruggs finished the game with three hits and five RBIs. The Dinos blew the game open with seven runs in the eighth inning.

Dustin Nippert got the start for the Bears and though he struck out 9 he got banged around for eight hits and six runs in just over five innings of work.

In game number two the Bears bounced back with a 17-7 whipping of the Dinos to even the series. Jae-Hwan Kim was the biggest bat with two homeruns and seven RBIs. He swatted three run homers in the third and sixth innings. The three run homer in the third tied the game at 4-4 and in the sixth his three run homer was followed by a grand slam from Joo-Hwan Choi that was part of an eight run outburst that put the game away.

Xavier Scruggs blasted a two run homer in the seventh that had given the Dinos a 6-4 lead, his third of the playoffs but that lead was shortlived after the eight run Bears outburst. Both starters where shelved early. The series now goes to the NC Dinos park for two games where they hope to win both so they do not have to return to Seoul.

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