BASEBALL & BASKETBALL - International05 Nov 2021
SPORTS DESK Islamabad (November 5, 2021):-The Doosan Bears won the Wild Card series and will face the LG Twins in the best-of-three semi-playoff series. The winner will face the Samsung Lions for a chance to challenge the regular season winners KT Wiz in the Korean Series. The KT Wiz topped the Samsung Lions, 1-0, in a tiebreaker game to win the regular season title of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) league. The two clubs shared the same record (76 wins-59 losses, with 9 draws) after the 144-game regular season. As the league champions, the Wiz advance directly to the Korean Series finals, while the Lions will skip the first two rounds of the postseason and play in the playoff series to earn a chance to challenge the Wiz in the Korean Series. The KBO postseason opened on Monday, 1 November, with the Wild Card series between the fourth and fifth place teams. The fourth-place Doosan Bears started with a 1-0 advantage over the fifth-place Kiwoom Heroes. The Heroes forced a game 3, defeating the Bears, 7-4, in front of over 12,000 fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. The Bears came back to win the rubber game, 16-8. The Doosan Bears will now play against the LG Twins in the semi-playoff series. The winner will advance to the playoff series against the Samsung Lions. The best-of-three playoff series opens on Tuesday, 9 November. The best-of-seven Korean Series opens on Sunday, 14 November. An eventual game seven is scheduled for Monday, 22 November. All games will be played at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
BASEBALL & BASKETBALL - International12 Oct 2021
News Desk ISLAMABAD (October 12, 2021):-The Olympic silver medalist Shane Baz made his first Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason start on Friday, 8 October. The 22-year old right-hander took the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Boston Red Sox in game two of the American League Division Series. His outing didn't last long. Baz allowed three runs on six hits over 2.1 innings of work. Five more Rays pitchers couldn't handle the Boston lineup, and the Rox Sox earned a 14-6 win and tied the series to one. Baz made his MLB debut on 20 September, pitching five strong innings for the Rays against the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned the win and did even better against the Miami Marlins on 26 September, going 5.2 innings, striking out nine and earning another win. Baz started for the United States in the Tokyo 2020 game against Japan on 2 August. He went 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Japan beat the US 7-6 in 10 innings. Another international baseball alumnus made the headlines. Tanner Houck earned the win for the Boston Red Sox, pitching five strong innings out of the bullpen. The 25-year old right-hander allowed only one run on two hits while striking out five. "I definitely had little butterflies at first, but once I got out there and threw my warmup pitches, I felt like I was pretty comfortable," Houck told the MLB website. Houck started two games for fourth-place USA at the WBSC Premier12 2019. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 9.1 innings of work. One of the two hits off Houck was by replacement first baseman Ji-Man Choi. The 30-year old Korean slugger has spent his whole professional career in the United States. Nonetheless, he had his stint at international baseball, representing Korea in the U-12 and U-18 WBSC Baseball World Cups.
BASEBALL & BASKETBALL - International11 Oct 2021
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD (October 11, 2021):-Heidenheim defeated the Bonn Capitals, 3-1, in the best-of-five final series. Veteran pitcher Enorbel Marquez earned MVP honours. The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe won the 2021 Bundesliga, the top league in German baseball. In the best-of-five final series, Heidenheim defeated the Bonn Capitals, three games to one, to claim their sixth overall German title. Heidenheim is now second In the all-time ranking, tied with the Paderborn Untouchables, behind the Tornados Mannheim (11 titles). They outscored Bonn in game four, 11-2, to claim the title. The Capitals avoided the sweep with an 8-3 win in the third game of the series. The winners met for the fifth consecutive time in the final series, with Heidenheim winning four of the five. Bonn only prevailed in 2018. Veteran left-hander Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez (Heidenheim) was named the MVP of the final series, while Drew Janssen (also Heidenheim) earned best pitcher's honours. Wilson Lee (Bonn) earned the best hitter's title