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2017 Korean Series

2017 Korean Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Kia Tigers (4) Kim Ki-tae 87–56–1
Doosan Bears (1) Kim Tae-hyoung 84–57–3
DatesOctober 25–30
MVPYang Hyeon-jong
Broadcast
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The 2017 Korean Series was the championship series of the 2017 KBO League season. The Kia Tigers, as the regular season champions, automatically advanced to the Korean Series.[1] They played the winner of the playoff series, the Doosan Bears, who defeated the NC Dinos in the playoff.[2] Kia won the best-of-seven series, 4–1. Yang Hyeon-jong was named the series' most valuable player

Summary

Kia won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 25 Doosan Bears 5 – Kia Tigers 3 Gwangju-Kia Champions Field 18:30 19,600 
2 October 26 Doosan Bears 0 – Kia Tigers 1 Gwangju-Kia Champions Field 18:30 19,600 
3 October 28 Kia Tigers 6 – Doosan Bears 3 Jamsil Baseball Stadium 14:00 25,000 
4 October 29 Kia Tigers 5 – Doosan Bears 1 Jamsil Baseball Stadium 14:00 25,000 
5 October 30 Kia Tigers 7 – Doosan Bears 6 Jamsil Baseball Stadium 18:30 25,000

Matchups

Game 1

Dustin Nippert won Game 1 for Doosan.
October 25 18:30 KST at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 7 1
Kia Tigers 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
WP: Dustin Nippert (1–0)   LP: Héctor Noesí (0–1)   Sv: Kim Kang-ryul (1)
Home runs:
DOO: Kim Jae-hwan (1), Oh Jae-il (1)
KIA: Roger Bernadina (1)
Boxscore

Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, threw the ceremonial first pitch.[3] Dustin Nippert started Game 1 for Doosan and Héctor Noesí started for Kia.[4] Oh Jae-won drew a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to score Doosan's first run. In the fifth inning, Park Kun-woo hit a run batted in (RBI) single, and Kim Jae-hwan and Oh Jae-il hit back-to-back home runs for Doosan in the fifth inning. In their half of the fifth inning, Roger Bernadina hit a three-run home run for Kia, and Doosan held on to win 5–3.[5]

Game 2

Yang Hyeon-jong pitched a complete game shutout for Kia in Game 2.
October 26 18:30 KST at Gwangju-Kia Champions Field
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Kia Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 5 0
WP: Yang Hyeon-jong (1–0)   LP: Ham Deok-ju (0–1)
Boxscore

Yang Hyeon-jong started Game 2 for the Tigers, while Chang Won-jun started for the Bears.[5] Yang threw a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and recording 11 strikeouts. Kim Joo-chan scored the game's only run in the eighth inning after hitting a double.[6]

Game 3

October 28 14:00 KST at Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kia Tigers 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 6 9 0
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 0
WP: Pat Dean (1-0)   LP: Michael Bowden (0-1)   Sv: Kim Se-hyun (1)
Home runs:
KIA: Na Ji-wan (1)
DOO: Nick Evans (1)
Boxscore

Pat Dean threw seven innings for Kia. He pitched aggressively, inducing weak contact from Doosan's hitters.[7] Lee Myung-ki hit an RBI double in the third inning to give Kia a 1-0 lead, and An Chi-hong hit a two RBI single in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 3-0. The Bears scored in the bottom of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly by Yang Eui-ji, but the Tigers scored again in the fifth inning with an RBI single by Bernadina. Nick Evans hit a home run for the Bears in the seventh inning and Kim Jae-hwan had an RBI for the Bears in the eighth inning to narrow the score to 4-3. Na Ji-wan entered the game as a pinch hitter for Kia in the ninth inning, and hit a two-run home run.[8]

Game 4

October 29 14:00 KST at Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kia Tigers 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 9 1
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 3
WP: Im Gi-yeong (1-0)   LP: Yoo Hee-kwan (0-1)   Sv: Kim Se-hyun (2)
Boxscore

Im Gi-yeong started for the Tigers, and Yoo Hee-kwan started for the Bears. Bernadina hit an RBI triple in the first inning for Kia, and scored on a single by Choi Hyung-woo. The Tigers scored two more runs in the seventh inning. The Bears scored a run in the eighth inning, but Kia scored a run in the top of the ninth inning. Kim Se-hyun earned his second save of the series for the Tigers, pitching the final ​1 13 innings.[9]

Game 5

Lee Bum-ho hit a grand slam for Kia in Game 5.
October 30 18:30 KST at Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kia Tigers 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 10 1
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 11 2
WP: Héctor Noesí (1-1)   LP: Dustin Nippert (1-1)   Sv: Yang Hyeon-jong (1)
Home runs:
KIA: Lee Bum-ho (1)
DOO: None
Boxscore

Game 5 was a rematch of Game 1's starting pitchers, Noesí for Kia and Nippert for Doosan.[10] Lee Bum-ho hit a grand slam for Kia off of Nippert in the third inning. Yang Hyeon-jong earned the save, pitching out of a bases loaded situation in the ninth inning. Kia won their first Korean Series since 2009.[11][12] Yang won the Korean Series Most Valuable Player Award.[13]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Doosan reach Korean Series for 3rd straight year with Game 4 win over NC". Koreatimes.co.kr. May 24, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
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  13. ^ 2017/10/31 00:38 (October 31, 2017). "(LEAD) Left-handed ace voted Korean Series MVP". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved November 2, 2018.