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Kia Tigers outpitch Doosan Bears for baseball title

All Headlines 23:03 October 30, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- For the second straight Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) postseason, starting pitching was the key for the champions.

The difference being: we have a different club at the top this year.

The Kia Tigers clinched their 11th Korean Series title on Monday with a 7-6 victory over the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.

Four Kia starters -- Hector Noesi, Yang Hyeon-jong, Pat Dean and Im Gi-yeong -- each picked up a win in this series. In the process, they beat the Bears at their own game, too.

Hector Noesi of the Kia Tigers throws against the Doosan Bears in Game 5 of the Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 30, 2017. (Yonhap)

In last year's Korean Series, the Bears rode their four starters, Dustin Nippert, Chang Won-jun, Michael Bowden and Yoo Hee-kwan, to a four-game sweep of the NC Dinos in the Korean Series. Collectively, they held the Dinos to one run in 29 1/3 innings and were responsible for three of the victories.

The Tigers' four pitchers weren't quite as dominant this year, but they were no less effective. In all four of the Tigers' wins, starters were named the Player of the Game in three of them.

After Noesi took the loss in Game 1, Yang threw a complete game shutout in Game 2, striking out 11 and tossing 122 pitches in a performance in turn gutsy and sparkling.

With a tough act to follow, Dean held the Bears to three earned runs in seven solid innings in Game 3.

Then Im, making his first postseason appearance, was so beguiling in his 5 2/3 scoreless innings that he struck out six and induced 11 groundouts, with no outs being made in the air.

Noesi wasn't particularly sharp in Game 5, but was good enough to earn the victory after giving up five earned runs in six innings on Monday.

The four starters combined for a 3.21 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. And Yang actually picked up a save with a scoreless ninth inning in Game 5 for good measure.

Yang Hyeon-jong of the Kia Tigers throws a pitch against the Doosan Bears in the top of the ninth inning in Game 2 of the Korean Series at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on Oct. 26, 2017. (Yonhap)

The Bears' starters, on the other hand, simply didn't live up to their own lofty standards.

Nippert was the winning pitcher in Game 1, when he survived a three-run homer by Roger Bernadina. He was charged with three runs in six innings.

But in Game 2, Chang was the tough-luck loser despite throwing seven shutout innings, as Yang ended up with a complete game.

In the third game, Bowden, who's been plagued by injuries all year, was limited to four innings, in which he allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks. He also committed a balk in that game.

Yoo lasted 6 1/3 innings in Game 4 but gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits. He was burned by two quick Kia runs in the top of the first inning.

In Game 5, Nippert was nowhere near his usual effective self, and got torched for seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 90 pitches to get through those innings against patient Kia hitters, who got nine hits, including Lee's grand slam, off the right-hander.

Collectively, the four Doosan starters posted an ERA of 5.02, after giving up 16 earned runs in 28 2/3 innings.

Dustin Nippert of the Doosan Bears leaves the mound in the top of the sixth inning against the Kia Tigers in Game 5 of the Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 30, 2017. (Yonhap)


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