2007 Korean Series

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The 2007 Korean Series featured the SK Wyverns defeating the Doosan Bears to capture their first-ever KBO title. It was the 26th Korean Series; Doosan was aiming for their 4th title and SK their first. The Wyverns were led by Byung-ryong Jae (11-8, 2.84), Kenny Rayborn (17-8, 3.27) and Mike Romano (12-4, 3.69), giving 3 of the KBO's top 12 hurlers in ERA. Doosan also was led by their pitching, with Danny Rios (22-5, 2.07) nearly winning the pitching Triple Crown. Matt Randel (12-8, 3.12) had finished fifth in the league in ERA. One of the few prominent bats on either team belonged to Doosan star Dong-joo Kim, who had led the KBO in OBP (.457) and finished fifth in average (.322) and slugging (.534).

Game One[edit]

Doosan won the opener, 2-0, on October 22. Rios went the distance and allowed just four hits in the masterpiece. Rayborn was solid in defeat, but Doosan got all they needed in the first when Young-min Ko drove in Jong-uk Lee. Lee later scored on a sacrifice fly by Dong-joo Kim.

Game Two[edit]

Game two was fraught with tension. Doosan accused SK of hiding a video camera behind first base to steal signs; the accusations were unfounded. Later, inside pitching by SK led to more controversy.

On October 23, the Wyverns got a 2-run first-inning homer off of Randel by Ho-jun Lee. Byung-yong Chei plunked Bears 1B Kyung-hyun An in the 2nd inning, breaking his hand and sidelining him for the rest of the Series. Young-min Ko cracked a 2-run homer to tie it in the third; it was the first of 3 hits for Ko. The teams traded solo homers in the 5th inning to keep it even.

In the sixth, Chei hit Dong-joo Kim, who charged the mound to begin a six-minute brawl. Kim and Ko scored on a hit by Dae-soo Lee, who in turn scored on a double by Sang-byung Chae to end it at 6-3. Dae-soo Lae had just been traded from SK to Doosan in April and got his revenge on his former team.

Game Three[edit]

On October 25, SK won by a 9-1 margin. Five players had two hits and Mike Romano allowed just one run in six innings. The Wyverns didn't put it away until the 6th, when they scored 7 times. Three errors by Doosan SS Dae-soo Lee that inning were the key to SK's offensive explosion.

Game Four[edit]

SK tied the Series on October 26, against Rios, who turned in one of his worst efforts of the year. The Wyverns pounded Danny for 9 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. 19-year-old rookie Kwang-hyun Kim struck out nine and allowed only one hit in 7 1/3 innings and two relievers completed the 4-0 shutout win as the teenager trumped the league's top hurler of 2007.

Game Five[edit]

For the third straight game, SK won on the road with its victory on October 27. Rayborn and Randel pitched scoreless ball for six innings in a fine pitching duel. In the 8th inning, OF Dong-hwa Cho singled and took second on an error by 2B Young-min Ko on the play. 13-year veteran Jae-hyun Kim tripled home Cho and Ho-joon Lee followed with a RBI double. SK tacked on two more that frame for a second straight 4-0 win as the Doosan bats remained silent for the third game in a row. SK was within one game of being the first team in Series history to come back from a 2 games to 0 deficit to win it all.

Game Six[edit]

The Wyverns sealed their first title ever with their fourth win in a row. Byung-yong Chei won the 5-2 finale. Keun-woo Jong hit a 2-run homer in the third off of rookie starter Tae-hoon Lim and Jae-hyun Kim followed with a mammoth blast. Kim, who homered twice and drove in four, was named series MVP.

Source: Korea Times

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