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Doosan beats LG, moves one win away from Korean Series

All Headlines 19:00 October 19, 2013

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Yonhap) -- The Doosan Bears held off the LG Twins 5-4 on Saturday in Game 3 of their Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) playoff series, moving one win away from the league's championship final.

The win gave the Bears a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, helping it emerge victorious from a bizarre game that opened with defensive blunders and ended with spectacular plays at Seoul's Jamsil Stadium.

The fourth game will be back at Jamsil at 2 p.m. Sunday. The two Seoul-based teams share Jamsil as their home. The winner of this series will face the Samsung Lions, the pennant winner, in the Korean Series that begins next week.

The Bears scored three runs in a chaotic third inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit, and fended off the Twins' charge before adding an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Down 5-3 going into the ninth, the Twins cut the lead to one before the Bears' outfielders gunned down two runners at home to preserve the narrow victory.

The Twins scored the first run after a strange turn of plays in the top of the first.

With runners on second and third, Jeong Seong-hoon hit a soft grounder to first baseman Choi Jun-seok. Choi hesitated as he tried to throw home as Kim Yong-eui, the runner on third, stopped halfway down the third base line.

The Doosan first baseman instead decided to tag out Jeong, which gave the speedy Kim enough time to slide home safe.

The Bears also benefited from some shoddy defense to take the lead in the bottom third.

With no out and bases loaded, Kim Hyun-soo hit a grounder to first. The Twins got the lead runner at home, but catcher Yoon Yo-sup's throw to first went wide, allowing Min Byeong-heon to score the tying run from second.

On the same play, Leem Jae-cheol, running from first, collided with third baseman Kim Yong-eui as he rounded the base. He was awarded the extra base for Kim's obstruction, making it 2-1 for Doosan.

Two batters later, Lee Won-seok drilled a double down the left field line to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI triple by Jeong Su-bin.

The Twins began to eat into the Bears' lead. In the top of the fifth, cleanup Jeong Seong-hoon made it a 4-2 game with an RBI single. In the next frame, speedy Oh Ji-hwan was hit by pitch, stole second and moved to third on a grounder, before coming home on a wild pitch by Doosan starter Dustin Nippert.

The Bears gave themselves more breathing room in the bottom sixth, as Choi Ju-hwan, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth, delivered a run-scoring single for the 5-3 cushion.

The Twins put together their final rally in the top ninth. Kim Yong-eui launched a one-out triple to right center, and scored on Lee Jin-young's single that made it 5-4.

Pinch runner Lee Dae-hyung reached second on a wild pitch by reliever Hong Sang-sam. Jeong Seong-hoon then drove a single to left field, but left fielder Leem Jae-cheol nailed the speedy runner with a perfect throw home.

Jeong moved to second on the play and Moon Sun-jae pinch ran for him. Against the new pitcher, Chung Jae-hun, Lee Byung-kyu lined a base hit to right field, and this time, Min Byeong-heon made another fine throw to get Moon for the game-ending play.

The Twins made four errors and the Bears one. For Doosan, though, center fielder Jeong Su-bin made a highlight reel play in the top seventh, robbing Lee Byung-kyu of an extra base hit with a spectacular sliding catch to his right.

Then in the top eighth, shortstop Kim Jae-ho robbed Son Joo-in of a sure single up the middle, as he made the catch in the outfield grass, turned and fired a strike to first base.

Starter Dustin Nippert picked up the win for Doosan despite a shaky outing. He gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Chung Jae-hun earned the save despite giving up two hits in the ninth, thanks to two outfield assists.

LG's starter Shin Jae-woong was tagged with the loss in his postseason debut. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, none of them earned, on four hits and two walks.

Leem Jae-cheol, a 37-year-old backup, went 1-for-3 with three runs scored from No. 2 hole. Jeong Su-bin, who pinch ran for injured Kim Hyun-soo in the third, had two hits and made the picturesque play in center field.

For the Twins, Jeong Seong-hoon went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The usual third baseman, who made two errors that led to the team's loss in Game 1, served as the designated hitter on Saturday. He had been 1-for-7 in the first two games of the series.

No. 2 hitter Kim Yong-eui went 2-for-4 with two steals and two runs scored in the losing effort.

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