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LG Twins done in by futile offense in baseball postseason

All Headlines 23:05 October 25, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Yonhap) -- All its complexities aside, baseball can be an extremely simple game. You have to score runs to win games.

And the LG Twins bowed out of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) postseason largely because of their inability to bring home runners.

They lost to the Dinos 8-3 in Game 4 of the second round series Tuesday and were sent packing three games to one.

On Monday, they set a franchise postseason record by stranding 19 men on base. They had six chances with bases loaded and managed to score just once -- on a walk. That they actually won the game 2-1 in 11 innings is less of a testament to their timely hitting than to shaky NC pitching which handed out a postseason record 13 walks.

And the Twins stayed true to form on Tuesday. Facing NC starter Eric Hacker, they put men at second base in each of the first five innings, but scored just once in that stretch.

Players of the LG Twins bow to their fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul after losing to the NC Dinos in the Korea Baseball Organization postseason game on Oct. 25, 2016. (Yonhap)

Moon Seon-jae led the game with a double but never came home, as the inning ended with Luis Jimenez's double play.

In the bottom second, Jeong Seong-hoon hit a two-out double, but Yoo Kang-nam could only follow with an inning-ending line drive.

And it was only fitting that the Twins could only squeeze out one run after loading the bases with no outs in the third inning.

No. 3 hitter Park Yong-taik, who had gone 0-for-12 in the series before Tuesday, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play as a run scored. Jimenez then rolled a grounder for the inning's final out.

The Dinos made sure the Twins would pay for missing all these opportunities.

Cleanup Eric Thames tied the score at 1-1 with a solo shot in the fourth. Then Park Sok-min led off the seventh with a go-ahead solo home run. Later in the same inning, No. 9 hitter Kim Seong-uk hit a two-run shot to make it 4-1 Dinos.

The Dinos added two more on a two-out single in the top eighth. With Hacker out of the game, the Twins scored twice off reliever Won Jong-hyun in the bottom eighth, but it was way too little, too late for them.

The Dinos were far more opportunistic, scoring eight runs on 13 hits, compared to the Twins' three runs on eight hits.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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