DAEGU, South Korea – The Samsung Lions opened up Game 1 of the 2012 Korea Series with a 3-1 win. The Lions are in a rematch of the last two Korea Series with the SK Wyverns. The two teams split the two previous series with the Lions coming out on top last season.
The hometown fans in Daegu were treated to a 2-run home run by returning star Lee Seung-yeop in the top of the first inning, and that is all they would need.
Yun Sung-hwan shut down the Wyverns bats tossing 5.1 innings allowing only 1 unearned run on 4 hits to pick up the win. Oh Seung-hwan picked up the save striking out 2 in 1.1 innings of relief.
Neither team did much offensively as both teams picked up 5 hits.
Game 2 starters will be Jang Won-sam for Samsung who went 17-6 on the season with an ERA of 3.55. He will be opposed by 6 game winner Mario Santiago (6-3/3.40).
Samsung is looking for its 2nd straight Korea Series title and a return trip to the Asia Series to defend its title.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.