Bears win Game 2 Korean Series in 13 innings
DAEGU (South Korea) -
Game 2 of the best-of-seven Korean Series on Friday-evening (October 25) was a pitching duel between Rick van den Hurk (Lions) and Dustin Nippert (Bears) and remained scoreless for seven innings.
After the starters had left, the scoring began and Doosan Bears went on to win 5-1 in 13 innings vs. Samsung Lions to take a 2-0 lead.
The Series now moves to Seoul for the next three games.
Game 3 will be played on Saturday.
Rick van den Hurk gave up only four basehits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Dutch righthander was supported with some nice defensive plays, as the Bears threatened to score on several occassions.
In the top of the third inning, Van den Hurk hit a batter, then gave up a single.
A nice catch in centerfield followed, then Van den Hurk caught a comeback-line drive, which he turned in to an inning-ending double play.
In the sixth inning, Van den Hurk began with a strikeout (his seventh), then walked next batter Jun-seok Choi.
With two outs, a single by Jae-ho Kim followed, which marked the end for the Dutchman, who therefore ended up with a no-decision.
A nice groundout ended this scoring opportunity of the Bears.
American Dustin Nippert threw six scoreless innings for the Bears.
He struckout four batters and gave up three hits, but also ended up with a no-decision.
The Lions then got a scoring chance itself in the home of the seventh.
With two outs, Byung-gon Jung was hit by a pitch and advanced on a wild pitch, but then stranded.
In the eighth inning, the Bears opened the score off of reliever Woo-chan Cha.
With one out, Hyun-soo Kim reached on an infield-hit and a walk for Jun-seok Choi led to two runners.
The lead runner then advanced to third base when a flyout followed and scored the first run on a single by Jae-ho Kim.
The Lions came alongside in the bottom of the eighth inning.
With one out, a walk was issued, then a nice play by the Bears' 2nd baseman ended in a high throw and runners on first and second base.
A broken-bat single by Tae-in Chae then made it 1-1, but the Lions left runners on second and third base.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Lions could have decided the game in its favor.
With one out, Hyung-sik Jung walked, who then stole second base and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Suk-min Park.
Another walk and stolen base followed, then an intentional walk was issued to load the bases and set up a force play.
That was successful, as the lead runner indeed was forced out at the plate on a grounder to second base by powerhitter Seung-yeop Lee, then a pop-fly ended the inning.
The Lions also got the bases loaded with two outs in the 11th inning, but again were unable to score the winning run, as this a grounder ended the at bat.
The Bears then struck with four runs in the top of the 13th inning.
Jae-il Oh (who entered the game in the 9th as new 1st baseman) put the Bears ahead with an one-out homerun.
Oh hit the homerun off of closer Seung-hwan Oh, who had entered the game with one out in the 9th and struckout eight of the 12 batters he faced, before facing Oh.
After giving up the homerun, Oh was relieved by Chang-min Sim, who then saw the next run being scored when an error was made on a hit by Yi-ji Yang and gave up a 2-run single to Si-heon Son, that lifted the lead to 5-1.
It marks the first time that the Lions are facing a 2-0 deficit in a Korean Series.
That's something never happened before in their 14 appearances in the final.
The Lions used six pitchers, who set a record with 18 strikeouts combined.
The Bears used seven pitchers.
With five hours and 32 minutes, this was the longest postseason-game ever in the 31-year history of the Korean Baseball Organization.