The Seoul Nexen Heroes is one ballclub that really took advantage of this season’s power surge. With tonight’s 12-4 victory over the Busan Lotte Giants at Busan Sajik Baseball Stadium, the Heroes have put up some notable offensive numbers (as well as one from their pitching) while updating the dates for some of them.
- Left-hander, Andy Van Hekken, went six innings and had ample run support for his 20th victory, which is the first in a long time. The last 20-game winner was Danny Rios, who was also a foreign player and went 22-5 for the Seoul Doosan Bears in 2007. Now we go further back if you talk about the last left-handed pitcher to win 20 games. In 1995, Lee Sang-hoon, who also had a brief stint with the Boston Red Sox (2000), went 20-5 for the LG Twins.
- First baseman, Park Byung-ho (박병호), smashed no. 50 in the 5th inning to become only the third player in Korea Baseball Championship history to reach the 50 home run plateau. The last time the league had 50-home run hitters was in 2003. Lee Seung-yuop (이승엽) of the Samsung Lions won the title while breaking the single season record with 56. Shim Jung-soo (심정수) of the Hyundai Unicorns fell short by hitting 53 the same year. Park later added one more to his record.
- Shortstop, Kang Jung-ho (강정호), scored his 100th run in the 4th. Kang became the only shortstop with a 100 run-100 RBI season. The Heroes became the only franchise to have three players (Kang Jung-ho, Park Byung-ho, and Seo Geon-chang) with over 100 runs scored, and two players (Kang Jung-ho and Park Byung-ho) with 100 run-100 RBI season.
- Second baseman, Seo Geon-chang (서건창), added another hit to his single season record. He is just two shy of becoming the first player to reach the 200-hit plateau, which is a remarkable feat considering that each team plays only 128 games a season. Need I remind you, Seo already broke the single season runs (128) record on October 11.
- The Heroes as a team already broke the single season runs (777) record days ago. With tonight’s victory they have scored 827 runs. They are on pace to set the record (by a huge margin) for highest team on-base percentage (0.383) and team slugging percentage (0.508), and are only one point shy of tying the highest team batting average (0.299).