By Yoo Jee-ho
SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) — The Nexen Heroes came from behind to better a LG Twins 6-3 to take a lead in a second spin of a Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) postseason on Monday.
Pinch hitter Yoon Suk-min belted a go-ahead, three-run home run in a bottom of a sixth inning during Mokdong Stadium in Seoul, as a horde Heroes rallied from an early necessity to explain a 1-0 array lead in a best-of-five affair.
The second diversion of a array will be behind during Mokdong on Tuesday. Over a past 13 postseasons, a leader of a opening diversion in a second spin has left on to explain a array 9 times, including a past 4 in a row.
The Heroes warranted a bye to a second spin by finishing a unchanging deteriorate in second place. The Twins, who placed fourth in a unchanging season, degraded a third-seeded NC Dinos in a opening spin to allege to a second stage.
The Heroes perceived early prolongation from an doubtful source. Park Hun-do, who started in left margin over a unchanging Moon U-ram, blooped an RBI singular with a bases full in a second to put a Heroes adult 1-0.
The Twins responded in a tip third with a bases-loaded strike of their possess in a tip third, delivered by No. 3 hitter Park Yong-taek.
Yoon Suk-min of a Nexen Heroes watches his three-run home run leave Mokdong Stadium opposite a LG Twins in their KBO playoff diversion on Oct. 27, 2014, in Seoul. (Yonhap)
Then cleanup Lee Byung-kyu followed adult with a go-ahead strike to low left-center, though base-running gaffes cost a Twins a possibility to blow a diversion open.
Jeong Seong-hoon came home from third on a hit, though Kim Yong-eui, apparently meditative a round could be caught, got a late start toward home and was simply tagged out during a plate.
On a weird play that ensued on a chuck home, Park put a brakes on during second bottom as he was creation a spin for third, though Lee couldn’t do a same as he overran Park. Lee was ruled out on a play.
The Twins unsuccessful to supplement some-more runs in a third, though Brad Snyder strike a soaring solo jack off Nexen starter Henry Sosa in a fourth to put a visitors adult 3-1.
The Twins threatened again in a fifth, though with group during a corners with one out, Lee Byung-kyu grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Missed opportunities would haunt a Twins. In a bottom sixth, LG starter Woo Kyu-min, who was cruising along and seemed unfailing to acquire his second feat this postseason, took Kang Jung-ho’s tough grounder off his right ankle and was carried off a mound.
Right-hander Jeong Chan-heon relieved Woo, and difficulty brewed for a Twins.
After attack Kim Min-sung, a initial kick he faced, Jeong gave adult a singular to Lee Sung-yul. Kang took off from second and hardly kick a chuck home with a apt slip as he collided with catcher Choi Gyeong-cheol, slicing a necessity to 3-2.
Following a victim bunt, Yoon stepped adult and sent Jeong’s 2-0 fastball over a right margin wall, only inside a tainted pole, for Nexen’s 5-3 lead.
Yoon had 10 home runs in 99 unchanging deteriorate games. The Heroes as a group had 199 home runs, tops in a KBO.
The Heroes done it 6-3 in a bottom eighth on a furious pitch, with rapid splash curtain You Jae-sin entrance all a approach from second for a word run.
The Twins’ vaunted bullpen, that boasted a best ERA as a section in a unchanging season, was a biggest victim on Monday. Jeong, Chan-heon, a losing pitcher, available only one out in service and was tagged for 3 warranted runs on dual hits.
Yoo Won-sang, pitching in a eighth, strike a kick and had a deadly furious pitch.
Nexen right-hander Cho Sang-woo, who relieved starter Henry Sosa in a fifth, was credited with a feat interjection to 2 2/3 shutout innings.
Closer Son Seung-lak came on in a eighth inning and kept a Twins off a house for 1 2/3 innings. Han Hyun-hee, routinely a Heroes’ setup man, got a final out for his initial career postseason save.
The self-destructing Twins strike into 3 double plays, including one with a male on initial with one out in a eighth.
Woo Kyu-min sparse 7 hits over 5 innings, though a feet repairs and a unsure bullpen cost him a victory. The Twins after pronounced Woo postulated a bruise, with no constructional damage, and had his feet iced down after withdrawal a game.
Sosa, who got a starting curtsy over 20-game leader Andy Van Hekken, threw tough though had control issues all night. He handed out 5 walks in 4 1/3 innings, giving adult 3 warranted runs on 6 hits while distinguished out only one.
In Game 2, a Heroes will start Van Hekken, a initial 20-game leader in a KBO in 7 years. The Twins will opposite with right-hander Shin Jung-rak, who was 1-3 in 15 appearances this deteriorate while bouncing between a revolution and a bullpen.
Van Hekken done 6 starts opposite a Twins during a unchanging deteriorate and was 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA, with 28 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.
Shin done one start and dual service appearances opposite a Heroes. He was 1-0 though posted a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings.