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Errors cost Doosan Bears in key baseball championship game

All Headlines 18:05 November 10, 2018

INCHEON, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- An outfielder missing the cutoff man. A shortstop dropping a pop fly.

These are clearly not the Doosan Bears that fans or opposing teams have come to expect in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

The Bears made two costly errors in their 4-1 loss to the SK Wyverns in Game 5 of the Korean Series on Saturday. Despite another strong outing by starter Seth Frankoff, who gave up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine, the Bears now find themselves trailing in the best-of-seven series 3-2 -- one loss from missing out on a title that many felt the Bears would capture with ease.

Doosan Bears' shortstop Kim Jae-ho drops a pop fly hit by Choi Jeong of the SK Wyverns in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 5 of the Korean Series at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

They had the fewest errors during the regular season with 77 in 144 games. But five games into the Korean Series, they've already committed seven.

The Bears were nursing a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon when their defense broke down. With a runner at second, No. 9 hitter Kim Sung-hyun hit a fly ball that fell just shy of the warning track.

Both center fielder Jung Soo-bin and left fielder Jung Jin-ho were playing shallow. Jung sprinted out to the track to pick up the ball but then made an indifferent, casual throw over the head of his cutoff man, shortstop Kim Jae-ho.

As the tying run scored easily from second, the ball trickled into the no-man's land between second and third. Kim Sung-hyun alertly moved to third on the play. By the time second baseman Oh Jae-won came over to field the errant throw, Kim was only a couple of steps away from the third base bag.

Frankoff was lifted in favor of Lee Young-ha, who promptly gave up a sacrifice fly to Kim Kang-min for a 2-1 SK lead.

Kim Jae-ho was the principal actor in another messy play in the eighth inning.

Choi Jeong led off by hitting a pop fly to shallow left field. Kim came over from his shortstop position, but after taking a quick peek at third baseman Heo Kyoung-min, Kim apparently lost track of the ball and dropped it over his left shoulder.

Choi took second base on the error, and two batters later, Park Jung-kwon brought him home for a much-needed insurance run. A bases-loaded walk later in the inning rounded out the scoring for the Wyverns at 4-1.

Of the four runs that the Bears gave up, only one was earned.

Kim Seung-hye of the Doosan Bears reacts to his bases-loaded walk issued to Kim Sung-hyun of the SK Wyverns in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 5 of the Korean Series at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

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