KBO Week One Wrap-Up

Desperate for sports, yearning for baseball, the Korea Baseball Organization has saved the world. I have been watching KBO games for almost a decade, mostly through bootleg web sites that are definitely not good for my computer. With the pandemic still definitely a thing, this may be the only baseball for a while. So get up (or stay up) early and flip on ESPN and enjoy the best pure baseball league in the world, while its here.

table after week one [May 5 – May 10]

TeamWinsLossesTiesGames BackRuns ScoredRuns AllowedPlayer of the Week Nominee
Lotte Giants5003617Dixon Machado
Kiwoom Heroes510.53521Jung-hoo Lee
NC Dinos41013720Jong-hyun Won
Doosan Bears32023237Jose Miguel Fernandez
LG Twins23032837Roberto Ramos
Samsung Lions2403.52730Chae-heung Choi
Hanwha Eagles2403.52225Warwick Saupold
Kia Tigers2403.52641Preston Tucker
SK Wyverns14041726Chang-pung Kim
KT Wiz14043339Sung-woo Jang

Game of the Week: 5/10 KT @ Doosan. Full Video Here. Bottom feeding KT Wiz gave reigning champs Doosan Bears all they could handle in an instant classic slugfest. The Wiz took an early 3-0 lead, but in the third inning, Doosan loaded the bases for Jae-whan Kim…

By the end of the 5th inning, the Bears were on top 10-3, but it would not last. The Wiz would chip away at the deficit, scoring once in the 6th, twice in the seventh, thrice in the eighth. Heading into the 9th inning, the score was 11-9 Doosan. 2018 Rookie of the Year Baek-ho Kang delivered a swing that would make Gary Sheffield blush.

Down to their last out, Jae-gyun Hwang took Hyung-bum Lee deep to knot the game at 11.

On to extras, where KT took their first lead since the grand slam above. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, fate reared its ugly head.

For those new to the KBO, if a game is tied after 12 innings, it ends in a draw. While a road draw against the champs would be wonderful for upstart KT, a bobble of the ball would prove fatal. In the bottom of the 11th, second baseman Seung-woo Park mis-fielded a grounder, then threw the ball away, allowing Doosan to walk off, 13-12.

FBC Player of the Week: Preston Tucker, right fielder, Kia Tigers. Tucker mashed 3 home runs, drove in a total of 11, walked 4 times to go with 10 hits, batting a staggering .750 with runners in scoring position. It would largely be for naught, however, as the Tigers sit near the bottom of the table after 6 games.

Bat Flip of the Week comes to us from Chang-min Mo from the NC Dinos:

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