Korea Baseball Organization
Nexen Heroes at Doosan Bears
6:30 p.m. Friday, Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul
Defending Champion Doosan Bears will host Nexen Heroes this weekend from Friday to Sunday in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) regular season games.
The Bears have had a good start so far this season, staying within the top five in KBO standings. Despite losing its star slugger Kim Hyun-soo to Baltimore Orioles in the Major League after winning the Korean Series last year, the Bears are proving once again that it is a top contender for the Korean Series this year. In last weekend’s games against Samsung Lions, another contender for Korean Series this year, the Bears had one win and one loss.
For the Heroes, it will not be easy for the club to prevail over the Bears in KBO games this weekend. After losing its ace batter Park Byung-ho, the former Home Run King title winner, to Minnesota Twins after last year, it was the Heroes infielder Yoon Suk-min, who was under the shadow of Park, that came to the club’s rescue. However, Yoon injured his left arm on Tuesday in the league game against Hanwha Eagles and is expected to be out for the next two months. Yoon had .385 batting average and 5 hits during 13 at-bats with 1 runs batted in during the first four games of the season.
Incheon United FC at Seongnam FC
4 p.m. Saturday, Incheon Stadium, Incheon
Seongnam FC, currently ranked top in the K-League Classic league standings, will travel to Incheon to take on the bottom ranked Incheon United FC on Saturday.
Seongnam is leading the league with two wins and one draw so far in the season. The club has scored four goals while conceding one.
Tiago Alves Sales De Lima, is ranked second in goal scoring with three goals after Gwangju FC’s Jung Jo-gook. The Brazilian winger, who was picked among the weekly best 11 during the third round of the league, will seek to continue his scoring spree. Tiago has scored one goal in each of the past three K-League games.
Incheon, on the other hand, is not off to a good start. Incheon has lost all three games this season so far, scoring a mere two goals while giving up eight. What’s worse is that Incheon has never clinched a win against Seongnam. Incheon had three draws and fives losses against Seongnam in the history of the franchise. However, the team led by Jin Sung-wook, the former U-23 national team striker who scored against Japan in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final in January, hopes to turn things around this weekend and clinch its first win of the season over Seongnam.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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