Doosan hot with win over EaglesThe Doosan Bears became the second team to reach the 40-win plateau in the Korea Baseball Organization Sunday, defeating the Hanwha Eagles 4-2 in Seoul behind another strong performance by starting pitcher Park Myung-hwan.
With the victory, the Bears are within a half game of the first-place Samsung Lions, who were hammered 10-3 by the SK Wyverns the same day in Daegu.
Doosan’s Park, the reigning strikeout and earned run average champion, effectively mixed his devastating, 150-kilometer (93-mile)-an-hour fastball with his slider in seven scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out nine batters.
After going 12-3 last year, Park now stands at 9-0 for the season, trailing the Lotte Giants’ starting pitcher Son Min-han by one in the most wins category. Park is behind another Giants pitcher, Lee Yong-hoon, in total strikeouts, 84 to 80.
In Daegu, the Wyverns’ Ko Hyo-jun notched his second straight win over the Lions. He had not allowed a run against Samsung in 17 1/3 consecutive innings, but the Lions catcher Jin Kab-yong broke the streak, as well as a no-hitter bid, with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th.
Those were the only two runs the Lions scored off Ko, who improved to 2-3 on the season.
In Busan, the LG Twins Park Yong-taik led his team to a 7-6 win over the Giants with two solo homers. His second shot was the winning run in the top of the 11th.
In Gunsan, North Jeolla province, the last-place Kia Tigers defeated the Hyundai Unicorns on a go-ahead double by pinch hitter Lee Jae-joo in the bottom of the 8th.
by Chang Hye-soo