KBO Opened It’s Season

The KBO has started their season. Below is a summary of their opening games:

Nexen Heroes 6 Hanwha Eagles 3

Esmil Rogers pitched against his old teammates and went 6.2 innings allowing just two runs in the Heroes opening day win. Rogers had to leave the Eagles after arm injuries forced him to leave in mid-season back in 2015. He’s back in the KBO and got into a little bit of trouble tormenting the Heroes players with antics the Eagles complained about with the KBO. Rogers was admonished and promised to behave, stating that his antics were all in fun.

The Eagles were able to collect 9 hits against Rogers but could only cross the plate twice. The Eagles were able to score early with runs in the first two innings. The Heroes roared back in the next three innings with six runs. The bottom of their order drove in four of the six runs. Tai-Wan Kim hit the only homerun in the game with a solo shot in the third to get the scoring stared for the Heroes. Newcomer Keyvius Sampson took the loss, giving up all six runs in his four innings of work. Sampson did strike out 8 in those four innings so the day held some promise.

KT Wiz 5 Kia Tigers 5

Mel Rojas Jr. hit solo shots in the sixth and seventh innings to send the defending champions down to defeat. His solo shot in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie.

NC Dinos 4 LG Twins 2

Wei-Chung Wang, ex of the Milwaukee Brewers is the first player from Taiwan to play in the KBO. He worked seven innings, giving up just one run in leading the Dinos to their opening day victory. Tyler Wilson had a solid outing for LG, coughing up just two runs in six innings. Xavier Scruggs hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth that extended a 2-1 lead to give the Dinos the win. Scruggs also drove in a run in the third inning with a sacrifice fly.

SK Wyverns 6 Lotte Giants 5

Felix Doubront was a little wild, walking six in four innings and giving up six runs in the Giants loss. Dong-Yeop Kim drove in two runs, the game winner his solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to break a 5-5 tie. Choi Jeong drove in two runs for the Wyverns with a two run single in the first, both players ahead of him getting on base via walks and advancing to second and third on a wild pitch. Kim drove in two runs in the third with a single, one of those baserunners getting on base via a walk.

For the Giants Ah-Seop Son scored three times in the game, getting on base via the walk three times.

Samsung Lions 6 Doosan Bears 3

Sung-Hwan Yoon was the only Korean pitcher to get an opening day start. While he gave up three runs in 6.2 innings it was good enough to get him the win. Won-Seok Lee drove in three runs for the Lions, an RBI single in the third and a two run double in the ninth. Jae-Il Oh hit a two run homerun off Yoon in the seventh to drive him from the game. Darin Ruf strung together three hits, including a double to drive in one run and score two.

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