The Kiwoom Heroes and Lotte Giants meet for the second of their three-game series on Saturday. This game is scheduled for 4:00 a.m. EST. The Giants overpowered the Heroes’ offense last night with a 9-7 victory. Pitching was optional, but the Giants were able to get enough of it for the win.
The Heroes’ starter Jake Brigham lasted 5 innings, with 7 hits and 4 earned runs allowed. The Giants really did a number on reliever Kim Jae-woong who didn’t record an out yesterday at the office. Kim gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 earned runs, which was ultimately the difference between a win and loss.
The Giants won the bullpen battle and that’s what got them their 8th win for a record of 8-7. Jin Myung-go was the only reliever that had problems, as he allowed 2 earned runs without securing an out. Other than Jin, though, the Giants’ bullpen had a strong day. Everyone was jumping on the Giants after their hot start this season, but that should have been done with some caution.
After all, the Giants were dead last a season ago with a record of 48-93-3. Early success in the season doesn’t necessarily indicate future success, especially during a long baseball season. The verdict is still out on the Giants. Their win on Friday was their first victory since last Saturday. They snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. The Giants were on the wrong end of a sweep against the KIA Tigers this past week.
The Heroes are tied with the KIA Tigers for the fourth-best record in the KBO at 9-7. They went to the Korean Series last season and fell victim to a red-hot Doosan Bears team that swept in four games. In any event, it was a successful season for the Heroes with a regular season record of 86-57-1.
The Heroes will send out Eric Jokisch who is off to a quick start in his sophomore campaign in the KBO. The former Chicago Cub was strong in his first season in South Korea and hopes to do even better. It’s been a nice start for Jokisch so far. Lee In-bok is expected to make his first appearance for the Giants this season. Head below for our free Heroes vs. Giants pick for May 23, 2020 in the KBO.
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The Giants really don’t know what they’re going to get out of Lee In-bok today. He’s going into his fourth season pitching in the KBO, and they’re banking on him finally turning a corner. I don’t know how realistic that is of happening. He’s not been close at all in the limited experience that he got in 2014, 2015, and 2019.
As a rookie in 2014, Lee posted a 15.43 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in three games. There weren’t any improvements the following season, with a 10.18 ERA and 2.16 WHIP in nine outings. The time off didn’t help, as Lee returned back to his usual production in 2019. Lee yielded a 11.68 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in 11 starts.
There aren’t any indications that Lee suddenly found a switch, and is going to turn into a regular contributor for the Giants. If they have to rely on Lee on a regular basis, the Giants might have a lot of problems changing their plight in 2020. As a team, the Giants are 6th in the KBO with an ERA of 4.98. Conversely, the Heroes are 3rd with a 4.28 ERA, behind only the KIA Tigers and NC Dinos in that regard. Eric Jokisch is expected to get the call for the Heroes in this one.
The 30-year-old American from Springfield, Illinois is in the early stages of his second season in the KBO. In four games with the Cubs in 2014, Jokisch was good with a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings of work. Injuries were the primary catalyst of his demise in the major leagues, though he was fairly serviceable in Triple-A ball in 2018 with Nashville. Jokisch posted an ERA of 4.06 and 1.41 WHIP.
Jokich found a home with the Kiwoom Heroes last season. He started hot out of the gate in South Korea, with a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 30 starts. Jokisch appears to be on pace to do just as well or even better. In three outings this season, the 30-year-old has notched a 0.53 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in three starts. He neutralized the Tigers, Lions, Twins, and now he has his eyes on the Giants today. If the offense helps him out, which they should be able to do against Lee, the Heroes likely score a comfortable win in this spot.