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Updated: October 27, 2013
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Lions nip Bears in Game 3 Korean Series
SEOUL (South Korea) - Samsung Lions nipped Doosan Bears 3-2 in Game 3 of the Korean Series on Sunday-evening (October 27) to narrow the deficit in the best-of-seven to 2-1. After losing the first two games at home, the Lions tonight won at Jamsil Stadium, the home of the Bears.

Before the game, there was a highlight, as South Korean President Geun-hye Park threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mrs. Park is the eleventh President of South Korea. She assumed office on February 25 of this year and is the first woman to be elected President of the country. Her father Chung-hee Park was Korea's President from 1963 to 1979.

Both teams got some early scoring opportunities, but didn't score. The Lions then opened the score in the top of the fourth inning in which Bears-starter Hui-kwan Yu was forced to leave the mound, which wasn't planned. The Lions loaded the bases off of Yu. After giving up a lead-off double to Seok-min Park, Yu was visited by Pitching Coach Myung-won Chung. Moments later, the bases were loaded, then a grounder by Hyung-woo Choi ended in an error, enabling Park to score the first run. Next, Ji-Young Lee hit a sacrifice fly that brought in the next run and made it 2-0. Bears-Manager Jin-wook Kim came out to argue the sacrifice fly with the umpire. He was followed by Hitting Coach Sung-woo Kang, who had a talk with catcher Jae-hoon Choi, who then talked with Yu. The talk by Kang was regarded a 'second trip', meaning Yu was forced to leave the mound. When a coach talks to the catcher or another player, who then talks with the pitcher, it is regarded a 'trip'. As the Pitching Coach already had talked with Yu, this second trip automatically meant that a new pitcher had to be brought in.

The Lions added its third run in the top of the seventh inning. Han-yi Park reached on an error, moved on a flyout and stole third base, then scored when reliever Sang-sam Hong threw a wild pitch.

The insurance run was much needed, as the Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Seong-heon Hong hit a solo-homerun, then Jae-won Oh followed with a double. Ji-man Ahn then took over the pitching and gave up an RBI-single to Si-heon Son that made it 3-2.

With a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Lions-closer Seung-hwan Oh entered the game. Oh threw 53 pitches two days before, throwing four innings in Game 2, which was lost after 13 innings. So it was not expected that Oh would pitch in this game, but to preserve the lead, he did. After a grounder, Oh struckout the next two batters to seal the win and earn a save.

(October 27)

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