Heroes Advance to Semi-finals Against Wyverns

As each team advances higher up the ladder in the Korean playoff format, the favored team has won the series. The fourth place LG Twins were able to defeat the fifth place NC Dinos in the wild card game. But when advancing to face the third place Kiwoom Heroes they lost three games to one.

The first two games won by the Heroes were done so in walk off fashion. Byung-Ho Park drove in the only run of the game in the opener with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Wilson had thrown eight shutout innings for the LG Twins, but in the bottom of the ninth reliever Woo-seok Ko gave up the homerun to Park to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Jake Brigham had pitched 6.2 shutout innings for the Heroes.

The Heroes won game two in the bottom of the tenth on an error to score the winning run in a 5-4 win. The Heroes rallied for three runs in the last two innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit. Park hit a two run homer in the eighth and Keon-Sang Seo sent the game into extra innings with a clutch two out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. An error allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the tenth inning for the Heroes.

The LG Twins delayed elimination for one day with a 4-2 win in game three. Eun-Sung Chae clubbed a solo shot in the fourth to tie the game 2-2. A sacrifice fly by Ji-Hwan Oh in the bottom of the seventh gave the Twins a 3-2 lead. Carlos Peguero extended the lead to 4-2 with his solo blast in the bottom of the eighth.

The Heroes bats were too much for the Twins in the fourth game. With the Twins ahead 5-3 going into the sixth inning the Heroes exploded for seven runs in the next three innings to come away with a 10-5 win and advance to the semi-finals to face the SK Wyverns. Park went deep for the third time in the series, a two run banger in the first inning. Jerry Sands drove in the go ahead run in the seventh with an RBI single after the Twins walked Park intentionally.

The Heroes will face the SK Wyverns in a best of five series. The winner will then advance to the finals to play the rested Doosan Bears.

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