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(LEAD) SK Wyverns win 2010 Korean Series

All Headlines 23:17 October 19, 2010

(ATTN: ADDS managers' quotes paras 8-10, CORRECTS minor errors)

DAEGU, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) -- SK Wyverns are the champions of South Korean professional baseball in 2010.

The Wyverns beat the Samsung Lions 4-2 Tuesday to complete the four-game sweep of the best-of-seven Korean Series here on the Lions' home turf. They became the sixth Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club to sweep the championship series.

The Incheon-based team, which won titles in 2007 and 2008, lifted its third champion trophy in four years behind yet another round of strong pitches by the bullpen and timely hitting by slugger Park Jung-kwon and veteran catcher Park Kyung-oan.

After Samsung starter Jang Won-sam walked in a run with bases loaded in the top fourth, Park Jung-kwon followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Then Park Kyung-oan's one-run double in the following inning extended the lead to 4-0.

Park Jung-kwon won the most valuable player award of the Series, hitting .294 on average and a homer. He has yielded six RBIs out of 21 runs his team has earned throughout the Series.

Five Wyverns relievers held the Lions to just four hits and two runs over five innings. Jun Byung-doo, who relieved starter Gary Glover in the fifth, took the win.

Game 1 starter Kim Kwang-hyun, who leads the league in victories with 17 wins, got the last five outs from the eighth to seal the victory and collected the save.

"I didn't expect to win the championship this easily. We went all out and played the games," said Wyverns manager Kim Sung-keun after the match. "I reviewed all pitchers' statistics before the Korean Series and place them in the right time. And they have played as data demonstrated."

Losing manager Sun Dong-yul did not forget to congratulate the Wyverns and said he saw hope in his players' challenge.

"Batters could find no solution to the Wyverns bullpen and pitchers were exhausted after undertaking the five-game play-off series," said Sun. "I've learned a lot during the Series. I'll make the team stronger next year."

Lions left-handed starter Jang took the loss, giving up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The teams engaged in a pitching duel through the first three innings thanks to two starters' solid pitching.

Wyverns starter Glover, who took the hill for the first time since Aug. 30, pitched a scoreless four innings, allowing only one hit.

Wyverns managed just two hits off Jang in the first three innings, but Jang issued two walks and gave up three hits in the fourth alone, including the double by Park Jung-kwon.

The Lions managed to get on board in the bottom eighth on a bases-loaded walk by Kim Kwang-hyun and mustered another run on a pinch-hit single by Kang Bong-kyu. They squandered opportunities in the sixth and seventh, stranding runners at first and second with no out.

Wyverns designated hitter Kim Jae-hyun, who hit .333 in the series, announced his retirement after the 2010 season, ending his 17-year career in the KBO.

In his rookie season in 1994, the 35-year-old hit 21 homers and stole 21 bases and helped his first team, the LG Twins, to win the Korean Series championship.


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