After being swept by the Sydney Blue Sox last week, the debuting Korean team has won its first game in the Australian Baseball League. In a rain-shortened game Geelong-Korea beat the Perth Heat 7-1.
The Korean starting pitcher Jin-Yong Yang pitched six solid innings. He limited the Perth Heat to only one run on four hits as he walked two and struck out three. The sole run that Perth scored came on a solo home run by center fielder Carl Chester.
Two big innings were enough to clinch the first win.
In the second frame, Tae-Joon Lim hit a leadoff double and scored on Kwang-Min Kwon’s home run to right center field. Another (solo) home run by Sung-Gu Han gave Geelong-Korea a 3-0 lead.
One inning later, with the bases loaded, Kwang-Min Kwon singled to right field to drive in the fourth run for the Koreans. Dae-Gun Kook then doubled to center field on a fly ball and drove in three runs to give Geelong-Korea a decisive lead. J
Robert Garcia took the loss for Perth as he lasted only 2.2 innings in which he was tabbed for all seven runs. He walked one, struck out two and gave up two dingers.
Dutch hoofdklasse player Sam Kennelly got on base twice today. The first baseman of the Perth Heat was hit by a pitch in the third inning and singled to left field on a fly ball in the seventh inning, the only hit that reliever Byeong-Geun Kim gave up.
In the other game that was played today, the Melbourne Aces improved to 5-0 by beating the Adelaide Bite 2-0. German-born Markus Solbach took the loss and Luke Westphal earned the win in 6.1 innings in which he allowed four hits and three walks and struck out six.