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KBO Update, May 24 to May 30: Almost Undefeated

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We check in on our adopted KBO team, the LG Twins.

LG Twins v Doosan Bears - Preseason Game
Jamsil Stadium
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

As regular From Complex to Queens listeners know, we’ve decided to start following a KBO team in the absence of Mets baseball for the foreseeable future. We picked a team and will post updates on how they’re doing over in Korea. Why the LG Twins?

  • Represent a major metropolitan area.
  • Share Seoul (and Jamsil Baseball Stadium) with a rival team and compete for fans.
  • Have been a team that, on paper, should compete but just have not been able to put things together over the last few years
  • Have a strong pitching staff in 2020.
  • Staff ace, Casey Kelly, has been denied numerous wins over the years due to anemic hitting and/or a leaky bullpen despite pitching quality starts.
  • LG Corporation spends money on the team but does not always allocate that money wisely.
  • Retired the number 41, worn by one of the best right-handed pitchers in team history.

Sounds like the Mets to me!

STANDINGS

May 24 (11-6)

LG Twins 9, KT Wiz 7 (BOX)

The Twins shot out to an early 3-0 lead in the first after Wiz starter William Cuevas loaded the bases up without even recording an out, but they got those runs right back and then some in the second. Chan-gyu Lim had his strikeout stuff but got BABIP’ed in the top of the inning and gave up four runs. Hyun-soo Kim hit an RBI double in the bottom of the frame that reset things at 4-4 and it would stay tied until the seventh, when Dae-hyun Kim replaced Lim. Thanks to some shoddy defense and a couple of hits, the Twins ended up needing three pitchers to get out of the inning and the Wiz ended up scoring three more runs. The Twins needed a miracle to win it, and in the bottom of the ninth, they got their miracle. With runners on first and second, Hyun-soo Kim laced a single to right field to score the lead runner and make it a 7-5 game. The next batter, Eun-sung Chae, did the same, but the lead runner was unable to score, leaving the bases loaded. Up to the plate came slugger Roberto Ramos

  • CF Chang-gi Hong: 0-3, R, BB, K
  • PH Yong-taik Park: 0-1
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 2-4, 2 R 2 RBI, BB
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 2-4, R, HBP
  • PR Min-jae Shin: 0-0, R
  • DH Roberto Ramos: 1-5, R, HR (7), 4 RBI, K
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 1-3, RBI, BB, K
  • 2B Keun-woo Jeong: 2-3, 2 RBI, BB
  • 1B Yong-yi Kim: 1-4
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 0-3, BB
  • PR Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-0, R
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-3, R, K
  • PH Ju-hyeon Jung: 0-0, R, BB
  • RHP Chan-gyu Lim: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • RHP Dae-hyun Kim: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Hae-soo Jin: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Woo-young Jung: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Yun-sik Kim: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Sang-gyu Lee: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

May 25 (11-6)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

May 26 (12-6)

LG Twins 3, Hanwha Eagles 0 (BOX)

Tyler Wilson and relievers Hae-soo Jin, Woo-young Jung, and Sang-gyu Lee combined to blank the Hanwha Eagles, the Twins’ first shutout of the season. Wilson wasn’t dominant per se, only striking out two, but he only allowed two hits over his six innings of work and had no real problems taking care of the Eagles. The Twins got on the board in the sixth thanks to a pair of solo home runs off the bats of Roberto Ramos and Keun-woo Jeong, and added a third in the ninth after Ji-hwan Oh tripled and was driven in by Chun-woong Lee.

  • CF Lee Chun-woong: 2-5, RBI
  • LF Kim Hyun-soo: 2-4, BB
  • RF Chae Eun-sung: 1-4, K
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 1-3, R, HR (8), RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 0-3, BB, K
  • DH Keun-woo Jeong: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI
  • 2B Ju-hyeon Jung: 1-3, 2 K
  • PH Yong-taik Park: 0-1, K
  • 2B Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-0
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 0-4, 2 K
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-4, R, K
  • RHP Tyler Wilson: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1-2)
  • LHP Hae-soo Jin: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Woo-young Jung: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Sang-gyu Lee: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, S (2)

May 27 (13-6)

LG Twins 15, Hanwha Eagles 4 (BOX)

One night after having their best pitching performance of the season, the Twins offense exploded for their best offensive performance in this young season. The Eagles ironically scored first, plating a run in the bottom of the first when second baseman Eun-won Jung led off the game with a homer, but that would be the last time they would hold the lead during the entire game. Roberto Ramos tied things up 1-1 with a solo homer of his own to lead off the second and the Twins kept going and going from there. They ended up scoring five runs that inning, put up a four spot in the fourth and eighth, and plated runs in the fifth and seventh as well. Twins starter Chan-heon Jung was solid over his six innings, pitching a quality start, and reliever Geon-wook Yeo earned the save by pitching the final three innings in the blowout.

  • CF Chun-woong Lee: 1-6, 2 K
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • LF Chang-gi Hong: 0-1
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 1-6, R, RBI
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 2-4, R, HR (9), 2 RBI, K
  • 3B Seung-hyun Baek: 1-2, R
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 2-3, R, BB, K
  • 1B Yong-yi Kim: 0-2, K
  • DH Yong-taik Park: 3-5, 2 R, RBI
  • 2B Keun-woo Jeong: 0-4, K, E (4)
  • 2B Ju-hyeon Jung: 0-0, R, BB
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 2-3, 2 R, HR (2), 2 RBI, HBP
  • C Sung-woo Lee: 1-1, 2 R, HR (1), 4 RBI
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR (2, 3), 3 RBI, SB (2)
  • SS Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-0
  • RHP Chan-heon Jung: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, W (1-1)
  • RHP Geon-wook Yeo: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

May 28 (14-6)

LG Twins 3, Hanwha Eagles 0 (BOX)

The Twins began this three-game set against the Eagles with a shutout and they completed the sweep with another. Casey Kelly has been up-and-down this young season, but we can add another tally to his “good” column after this one. Kelly scattered four hits and walked three over six shutout innings, striking out ten. RBI singles from Hyun-soo Kim and Min-sung Kim put the Twins on the board in the first, Ji-hwan Oh added another in the fourth, and that would be all they’d need.

  • CF Chun-woong Lee: 1-5, R
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 2-5, R, RBI
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 2-4
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 1-4
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 3-4, RBI, K
  • DH Park Yong-taik Park: 1-4, R
  • 2B Keun-woo Jeong: 1-2
  • 2B Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-1, K
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 1-4
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Casey Kelly: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
  • RHP Woo-young Jung: 1.0, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Hae-soo Jin: 1.0, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Sang-gyu Lee: 1.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, S (3)

May 29 (15-6)

LG Twins 6, KIA Tigers 2 (BOX)

Southpaw Woo-chan Cha had his best outing of the season this far, allowing a run over six innings, the lone run a homer by DH Hyung-woo Choi in the bottom of the fourth. The Twins already had a 2-0 lead thanks to Roberto Ramos’ league-leading tenth home run, so the lead never changed hands and Cha eventually won his third game of the season and 108th of his career- a very lucky number. Eun-sung Chae broke things open in the eighth with a three-run blast and Sung-woo Lee added another RBI in the ninth. Dae-hyun Kim allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth, another homer by Hyung-woo Choi, but he was switched out for Sang-gyu Lee, who closed things out to earn his fourth save of the season.

  • CF Lee Chun-woong Lee: 0-4, K
  • CF Chang-gi Hong: 0-0
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 1-3, 2 R, BB
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 1-4, R, HR (4), 3 RBI, K
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 3-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • 1B Yong-yi Kim: 0-0
  • DH Yong-taik Park: 1-3, BB
  • 2B Keun-woo Jeong: 1-3, K
  • 2B Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-1
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-4, R, 2 K
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 1-3, K
  • PR Suk-hyun Han: 0-0, R
  • C Lee Sung-woo: 1-1, RBI
  • 3B Seung-hyun Baek: 0-2
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 0-1
  • LHP Woo-chan Cha: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, HR, W (3-2)
  • RHP Eun-beom Song: 1.0 IP, 0 H 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Woo-young Jung: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Dae-hyun Kim: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, HR
  • RHP Sang-gyu Lee: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, S (4)

May 30 (15-7)

KIA Tigers 10, LG Twins 6 (BOX)

The game began well enough, but the Twins absolutely imploded in the bottom of the fifth, allowing seven runs. Shortstop Ji-hwan Oh made an error on the first play of the frame and everything unraveled from there. The Twins showed a little bit of life right after, in the top of the sixth, but not only was the rally snipped in the bud, but the Tigers added on to their own lead in the bottom of the inning for good measure.

  • CF-LF Chang-gi Hong: 0-2, R, 3 BB
  • LF Kim Hyun-soo: 0-2
  • CF Chun-woong Lee: 0-2, BB, K
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 K
  • RF Suk-hyun Han: 0-0, BB
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 1-3, K
  • 1B Kim Yong-yi Kim: 0-1
  • DH Yong-taik Park: 0-3, K
  • PH Jeong Keun-woo Jeong: 0-1, K
  • 3B Kim Min-sung Kim: 0-3
  • 3B Bon-hyeok Koo: 0-0
  • PH Kang-nam Yoo: 1-1, R
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 0-2, K, E
  • SS Seung-hyun Baek: 1-1, R, BB
  • C Lee Sung-woo: 1-4, R, HR (2), 3 RBI, K
  • 2B Ju-hyeon Jung: 1-4, R, 2 K
  • RHP Chan-gyu Lim: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, L (2-1)
  • RHP Geon-wook Yeo: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Yun-sik Kim: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Dong-hwan Choi: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

HITTER OF THE WEEK

Roberto Ramos

9-23, 0 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Casey Kelly

6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

HITTER OF THE WEEK

May 3 to May 9: Hyun-soo Kim (6-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/0 SB)

May 10 to May 16: Roberto Ramos (6-16, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 0/0 SB)

May 17 to May 22: Eun-sung Chae (8-25, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

May 3 to May 9: Woo-chan Cha (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, HR)

May 10 to May 16: Casey Kelly (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

May 17 to May 22: Tyler Wilson (7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, HR)