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CPBL/KBO/NPB Update: July 19 to July 25

We check in on our adopted teams in Asia, the Uni-President Lions (CPBL), the LG Twins (KBO), and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (NPB).

Kiwoom Heroes v LG Twins
Hyun-Soo Kim
Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images

CPBL

Why the Uni-President Lions?

  • Tainan City, home of the Lions, is one of the oldest and largest cities in Taiwan
  • Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium is directly under the flight path of airplanes flying in and out of the nearby Tainan Airport.
  • The team has talent and looks good on paper but has been thwarted time and time again in the last few years by poor on-the-field field management and front office executive decisions.
  • Employed in their organization at one time or another former player and SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa, Columbia Fireflies pitching coach Jerome Williams, former manager Mickey Callaway, and Generation K member Bill Pulsipher.

July 19 (26-34)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 20 (26-34)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 21 (26-34)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 22 (26-34)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 23 (26-34)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 24 (27-34)

Uni-President Lions 8, Fubon Guardians 4 (BOX)

  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-3, R, HR (20), 4 RBI, BB, K, SB (10)
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-4
  • PH-1B Kuo-Ching Kao (#68): 1-1, R, HR (2), RBI
  • 2B-3B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 2-4, R, RBI
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 2-4, 3 R, HR (7), RBI, E
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 2-3, R, RBI
  • RHP Josh Roenicke (#30): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W (4-4)

July 25 (27-35)

Fubon Guardians 6, Uni-President Lions 0 (BOX)

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-4, K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-3, BB, 2 K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-2, 2 K
  • RHP Ruei-Yang Gu Lin: 5.0 IP, 6 H5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, L (4-7)

KBO

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 or a leaky bullpen despite 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.

July 19 (34-29-1)

LG Twins 6, Hanwha Eagles 2 (BOX)

  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
  • DH Hyun-soo Kim: 1-4, R, HR (12), 2 RBI
  • RHP Casey Kelly: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, HBP, W (4-4)

July 21 (34-30-1)

KT Wiz 10, LG Twins 9 (BOX)

  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 3-5, R, 3 RBI
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
  • DH Roberto Ramos: 1-5, R, HR (17), 2 RBI, 2 K
  • 1B Yong-yi Kim: 1-1, R, HR (1), RBI
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 2-4, R
  • RHP Tyler Wilson: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, BLK

July 22 (34-30-1)

CANCELLED (POOR FIELD CONDITION)

July 23 (34-30-1)

POSTPONED (RAIN)

July 24 (35-30-1)

LG Twins 1, Doosan Bears 1 (BOX)

  • LF Hong Chang-gi: 2-6, R
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 4-5, 2 R, HR (13), 2 RBI
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 1-4, BB, K
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 3-5, 3 RBI
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-5, R, SB (11)
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 1-3, R, HR (6), RBI, BB, HBP
  • 2B Ju-hyeon Jeong: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • LHP Woo-Chan Cha: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Threw two pitches before being removed due to injury
  • RHP Chan-gyu Lim: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, W (6-3)

July 25 (35-31-1)

Doosan Bears 7, LG Twins 3 (BOX)

  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 1-4, 2 K
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 1-4, RBI
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 2-4, R
  • 3B Min-sung Kim: 2-4, R
  • RF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-4, RBI, K
  • RHP Casey Kelly: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, L (4-5)

NPB

Why the Yakult Swallows?

  • The Swallows play in Tokyo, the largest city in Japan.
  • The Swallows are overshadowed by the other team that plays in Tokyo, which has had much more success over the years, the Yomiuri Giants.
  • For the first decade of their existence, the Swallows did not end a single season with a winning record.
  • Meiji Jingu Stadium opened in 1964, the same year as Shea Stadium.
  • The best player in team history was a pitcher.

July 19 (13-10-2)

Yakult Swallows 3, Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3 / 10 (BOX)

  • LF Tsuyoshi Ueda: 3-6, R, RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 1-4, CS (2)
  • PH Norichika Aoki: 1-1, RBI
  • CF Kotaro Yamasaki: 2-4, BB, K
  • 1B-3B Munetaka Murakami: 0-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 3-4, R, HBP
  • RHP Hirotoshi Takanashi: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, E

July 20 (13-10-2)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

July 21 (14-10-2)

Yakult Swallows 6, Yokohama DeNA Baystars 4 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 1-4, R, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 2-4, 2 R, HR (5), 4 RBI
  • 3B-1B Munetaka Murakami: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • CF Kotaro Yamasaki: 2-4
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 0-3
  • RHP Juri Hara: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR, W (1-0)

July 22 (14-10-3)

Yakult Swallows 5, Yokohama DeNA Baystars 5 / 10 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 1-3, R, 2 BB
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 2-5, 2 R, HR (4), 2 RBI, K
  • 3B Naomichi Nishiura: 3-5, R, 2 K, SB (1)
  • RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR

July 23 (14-11-3)

Yokohama DeNA Baystars 6, Yakult Swallows 0 (BOX)

  • PH Daiki Watanabe: 1-1
  • RF Kotaro Yamasaki: 1-4, 2 K
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 0-3, BB
  • 3B Naomichi Nishiura: 1-3, K, E (2)
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 0-3
  • LHP Keiji Takahashi: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HBP, L (0-1)

July 24 (14-11-4)

Yakult Swallows 5, Yomiuri Giants 5 / 10 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 3-5, R, RBI, K
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • P Daiki Yoshida: 1-2, R, 2 RBI
  • RHP Daiki Yoshida: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR

July 25 (15-11-4)

Yakult Swallows 6, Yomiuri Giants 5 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 1-3, 2 R, BB, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 2-2, 2 R, HR (6), 2 RBI, 3 BB
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 0-4, BB, K
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 1-4, BB, K
  • 3B Taishi Hirooka: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI, 3 K
  • C Akihisa Nishida: 3-3, HBP
  • RHP Yasuhiro Ogawa: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
  • RHP Taichi Ishiyama: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, BS (2), W (2-1)

CPBL HITTER OF THE WEEK

N/A

May 3 to May 9: Fu-Lin Kuo (10-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 SB)
May 10 to May 16: An-Ko Lin (9-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
May 17 to May 23: Chih-Chieh Su (3-6, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1/1 SB)
May 24 to May 30: Chieh-Hsien Chen (10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB)
May 31 to June 6: Chih-Chieh Su (11-18, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)
June 7 to June 13: Yung-Chi Chen (11-20, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 1/1 SB)
June 14 to June 20: Chih-Chieh Su (10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)
June 21 to June 27: An-Ko Lin (12-21, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 0/0 SB)
June 28 to July 04: An-Ko Lin (6-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Chih-Chieh Su (7-19, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 3/3 SB)
July 11 to July 18: N/A

CPBL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

N/A

May 3 to May 9: Ryan Feierabend (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HR)
May 10 to May 16: Ryan Feierabend: (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)
May 17 to May 23: Wei-Chih Lin (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
May 24 to May 30: Ryan Fierabend (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
May 31 to June 6: Chen-Yen Chiang (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR)
June 7 to June 13: Josh Roenicke (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
June 14 to June 20: Josh Roenicke (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)
June 21 to June 27: Logan Darnell (7.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, HR)
June 28 to July 04: Logan Darnell (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, HR)
July 05 to July 11: Josh Roenicke (5.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

KBO HITTER OF THE WEEK

Hyun-soo Kim

8-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

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)
May 24 to May 30: Roberto Ramos (9-23, 0 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
May 31 to June 6: Roberto Ramos (6-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB)
June 7 to June 13: Hyun-soo Kim (7-22, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB)
June 14 to June 20: Ji-hwan Oh (11-23, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, HBP, 1/1 SB)
June 21 to June 27: Keun-woo Jeong (8-14, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP, 0/1 SB)
June 28 to July 04: Hyun-soo Kim (6-25, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Hyun-soo Kim (9-23, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB
July 12 to July 18: Ji-hwan Oh (7-21, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB)

KBO PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Casey Kelly

11.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, HBP, HR

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)
May 24 to May 30: Casey Kelly (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)
May 31 to June 6: Chan-heon Jung (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)
June 7 to June 13: Min-ho Lee (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
June 14 to June 20: Chan-gyu Lim (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HBP)
June 21 to June 27: Chan-heon Jung (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)
June 28 to July 04: Chan-gyu Lim (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
July 05 to July 11: Chan-heon Jung (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
July 12 to July 18: Woo-chan Cha (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K)

NPB HITTER OF THE WEEK

Norichika Aoki

9-15, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 0 K

June 14 to June 20: Tetsuto Yamada (3-8, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 SB)
June 21 to June 27: Tetsuto Yamada (6-24, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 1/1 SB)
June 28 to July 04: Naomichi Nishiura (5-15, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (7-21, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 1/1 SB)
July 12 to July 18: Munetaka Murakami (13-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)

NPB PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Yasuhiro Ogawa

7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

June 14 to June 20: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)
June 21 to June 27: Hirotoshi Takanashi (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
June 28 to July 04: Taichi Ishiyama (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HR)
July 05 to July 11: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
July 12 to July 18: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HBP)
July 19 to July 25: Yasuhiro Ogawa (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR)