Saturday, April 19, 2008

April 19th, 2008: Shenyang at Seoul Doubleheader

The Jazz won their first playoff game tonight, I took a Japanese history final, and I'm pretty pleased with myself. Here's a doubleheader!

April 19th, 2008

Shenyang Defenders at Seoul Blue Dragons (doubleheader)

SEOUL – The Defenders and Blue Dragons split a remarkable doubleheader today. The first game lasted 14 innings, including two dramatic late comebacks, before Seoul’s victory. In the second, Shenyang starter Kevin Brown was masterful, shutting out the Blue Dragons on one hit.

All the offensive excitement came in the wild, 5-4 14 inning opening game. Behind 3-2 in the top of the 9th inning, Shenyang mounted a late rally. Following a Sam Crawford double, pinch hitter Roy White snuck a single in through the middle, driving in the tying run.

Randy Velarde lead the top of the 14th inning off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a Todd Helton double. Things appeared safe for Shenyang, until pitcher David Wells ran out of gas. Wells walked leadoff hitter Monte Irvin on four pitches. Irvin proceeded to steal second, advanced on a fly ball, and scored on pinch hitter Toshizo Sakamoto’s single to right, tying the ballgame.

It looked like the game would continue, but Wells made a throwing error after a series of pickoff attempts. Sakamoto advanced to second, and hitter Mickey Mantle was given a free pass. That brought up Andy Thornton, who spanked a double down the third base line, and the first game was in the book.

Kevin Brown was absolutely brilliant in the second game, shutting down a lineup that included Wee Willie Keeler, Mickey Mantle and Wade Boggs. The hometown Blue Dragons only managed a single hit, a second inning Boggs single, which amounted to nothing.

Click here for game one boxscore.

Click here for game two boxscore.

Today’s Other Games

Northeastern League

Beijing Red Dragons 5, Harbin Icecaps 2 At Beijing.

Tokyo Giants 8, Nishinomiya Tigers 5 (10) At Nishinomiya. Giants first win of season.

Beijing Mets 5, Tianjin Lions 1 At Tianjin

Southeastern League

Shanghai White Sox 6, Shanghai Red Sox 4 At Red Sox

Nanjing Monarchs 9, Suzhou Artisans 4 At Suzhou. Nanjing starter Christy Mathewson injured, out for 10 days.

Northwestern League

Jinan Leopards 5, Lanzhou Refiners 4 At Lanzhou. Lanzhou center fielder Alejandro Oms injured, out for 5 days.

Zhengzhou Dragons 3, Luoyang White Horse 1 At Luoyang

Xi’an Wild Geese 9, Urumqi Flying Tigers 2 At Xi’an. Xi’an catcher Chief Meyers was seriously injured, out for 35 days.

Southwestern League

Chongqing Fog 5, Chengdu Spice 3 At Chongqing. Chongqing starter John Tudor injured, out for 14 days.

Guangzhou Fire 14, Fuzhou Whales 11 At Fuzhou

Lhasa Monks 12, Taibei Brother Elephants 6 At Lhasa

Xianggang Reds 10, Yunnan Bulls 7 At Yunnan

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