Monday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/31)

Hanhwa 2 - Lotte 11, Busan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Hanhwa's reign at the top of the league was short-lived. Today's only game, a make up game from the rain out on Saturday, really showed some of the Eagle's weaknesses. The main problem is the Hanhwa bullpen, who gave up ten of the eleven runs today. Eagle's starter Song Chang-Hyun wasn't stellar on the mound, but did only allow one run in five innings pitched.  Hanhwa started out solid, with a one run 1st inning on consecutive singles by Jeong Keun-Woo, Felix Pie (2-4 on the day) and Kim Tae-Kyun. They added a second run on a solo long ball by Jeong Hyun-Seok in the 4th, but that was all the offense the Eagles could muster today. Lotte took advantage of Hanhwa's poor bullpen, scoring six in the 6th, four in the 7th and a final run in the 8th. During the onslaught, Giant's catcher Kang Min-Ho went yard twice (for 3 RBIs) and second-baseman Jeong Hoon hit a big two RBI triple. While all of Hanhwa's relief was terrible, two pitchers deserve special mention for going above and beyond the call of duty.  First, Choi Yeong-Hwan allowed two earned runs and retired no runners, leaving him with an ERA of 27.00 on the year (he managed to put down two batters on Saturday), and the Sam Malone Infinite ERA Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Yun Ki-Ho, who also gave up two earned runs without an out, but without a previous appearance on the mound achieved the elusive sideways 8. Pitching wasn't Hanhwa's only weak point, though, as defense a short-stop left a lot to be desired as well. Song Kwang-Min had two errors on the day, leading to two unearned runs. Lotte starter Chang Won-Jun got the victory on 62/3 innings pitched, 7 hits and 2 earned runs.