Romak Leads Wyverns to Second Win

The truly international baseball star Jamie Romak has been a slugging stud since his arrival in Korea. His 43 homeruns during the regular season was tied for second in the KBO. Yesterday he slugged two homeruns, his third and fourth of the playoffs to lead the SK Wyverns to a 7-2 win over the Doosan Bears. They now lead the best of seven series two games to one.

Romak hit his first shot in the opening frame, a three run blast that ultimately gave the Wyverns all the runs they would need. He added a solo shot in the eighth to flatten any hopes of Bears fans that they would come back. Merrill Kelly made the runs hold up allowing just two unearned runs in his seven innings of work. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five.

Lee Jae-Won hit a two run homerun for the Wyverns in the eighth to cap their scoring.

Jamie Romak is a Canadian who has played baseball in the major leagues, Japan and Korea, as well as winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. His success in the major leagues (.167 average) and Japan (.113) were lacking, but he seems to have found a home in Korea. Or perhaps his bat is finally finding the sweet spot a bit more. He is still a strikeout waiting to happen, as his 123 whiffs in the KBO will tell you, but his batting average improved (.242 to .316) and his whiffs dropped from last year.

He has won a gold medal for the Canadian team in the 2011 Pan American games and bronze medals playing for the Canadian team in the 2007 and 2011 Baseball World Cups. The 2011 Canadian baseball team was voted to the Canadian baseball Hall of Fame. During his minor league seasons he did consistently hit 20 or more homeruns per year. In 2017 when the Padres sold his contract to the Wyverns he had hit 11 homeruns in just 25 minor league games with a .800 slugging percentage. So the Wyverns must have seen that power coming more to life when they scouted him.

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