It’s your weekly sports roundup for the week ahead.
Kwon Ki-joon is with us.
The Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization, who are in last place this season, are gradually rebounding, right?
Yes, Samsung ended their midweek three-game series against SSG with two wins and one loss, their first midweek three-game series sweep in three months since April 27.
The weekend three-game series against Kiwoom that followed was a clear indication that the team is back on the upswing, as they drew Game 1 and won Games 2 and 3, their third straight win and second consecutive winning series in three months.
In fact, Samsung has nine wins, one draw and eight defeats in 18 games this month through yesterday, with a win percentage of over five percent, and six wins, one draw and three defeats in their last 10 games alone, pushing their season win percentage into the four digits after being in the three digits for a while.
They’ve also cut their gap to ninth-place Kiwoom to three games.
The starting pitchers are leading Samsung’s turnaround.
Buchanan is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in five games this month,
Suarez hasn’t allowed a run in three games, throwing 19 innings in two wins, and Won has also been good, going 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three games.
The bullpen, one of the team’s biggest weaknesses, is also starting to stabilize a bit.
Lee Jae-ik and Woo Kyu-min have kept their ERAs in the one-run range, Kim Tae-hoon has kept his ERAs in the three-run range, and Oh Seung-hwan has been improving his saves.
In the batting order, Koo Ja-rook has fully recovered from his injury and is batting close to .400, while Kim Hyun-joon, Kang Kang-ul, Kim Sung-yoon, and Pirela are all batting in the .300s.
Injured players have also returned or are close to returning.
Lefty starter Baek Jung-hyun, who was scratched from the first team last month due to elbow pain, picked up his fifth win yesterday against Kiwoom, and Oh Jae-il, who was sidelined with a posterior left thigh muscle injury, will start playing in the Futures League this week to get a feel for the game.
And now for some high school baseball news.
Local baseball powerhouse Gyeongbuk High School has just won the Cheongnyonggi National High School Baseball Championship.
Yes, Gyeongbuk High School has lifted the Cheongryonggi trophy for the first time in 30 years.
Gyeongbuk High School won the final game against Gyeongnam Yangsan Mulgeumgo 4-1 at Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 27th.
Kyungpook National University scored first in every game of the tournament.
In the final on the 27th, they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jeon Mir singled with runners on first and second.
They added a run in the second on a sacrifice fly and another in the fourth on an error.
Kyungpook State had runners on first and third in the sixth on an infield error, but starter Lee Seung-heon retired the next two batters and didn’t allow a run in the seventh on runners on first and third.
In the eighth inning, Kyungpook National University pulled starter Park Sung-hoon after he gave up a leadoff single, and the next pitcher, Park Kwan-woo, gave up a run on a walk, but retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a groundout to win their eighth Cheongryonggi title. 토토사이트
Jeon Mir was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Lee Seung-heon, who pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning, received the Outstanding Pitcher award.
The win for Kyungpook National University was the first in a series of tournaments where Doosan head coach Lee Seung-yeop