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Lions, Van den Hurk qualify for Korean Series
BUSAN (South Korea) - Samsung Lions has captured first place in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) for the third season in a row and therefore also automatically qualified for the Korean Series for the third consecutive year. With this, Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk will play for the Korean championship in his first season in Asia.

...Samsung Lions again qualifies for Korean Series...
(© Photo: Samsung Lions)
The Lions secured first place on Wednesday-evening by winning 9-2 at Lotte Giants. Second placed LG Twins lost 11-8 to Hanwha Eagles after a 6-2 early lead and with the loss, the Lions became unreachable for the Giants. The Lions collected 13 basehits, including four by first baseman Tae-In Chae, who was 4-for-4 with two doubles and scored three runs. Trailing 4-0, the Giants scored its two runs in the sixth inning when Ah-Seop Son hit a 2-run homerun. But hereafter, the Lions took more distance in the next at bats scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth inning to make it a 9-2 score.

The Lions have one game left in the regular season, which ends next Saturday.

Hereafter, on Tuesday, October 8, the postseason begins. This first includes two Play-Off rounds. In the first round (October 8-14), the Play-Off Semi-Final, the number 3 placed team meets the number 4 placed team in a best-of-five. The winner then faces the number 2 placed team in the Play-Off Final (October 16-22), also a best-of-five. And the winner of that series then qualifies for the Korean Series to face the Lions. The final opens on Thursday, October 24. When the series goes over seven games, the last game will be played on November 1.

With its third straight pennant, the Lions set a new KBO-record. Since professional baseball was introduced in 1982 in South Korea, a team won the pennant two years in a row four times. That includes the Lions twice, as they did it in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.

Last year, the Lions won the Korean Series.

(October 2)

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