Woori 5, Hanwha 4
Woori tried awfully hard to lose this one. Leading 5-1 in the top of the 9th, the Woori bullpen almost blew the game, giving up three runs before finding a way to record the final out. The key hit was a pinch hit RBI double by Lee Yeong-woo.
Woori starter took only 81 pitches to work 7 innings last night. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and one walk while striking out 3.
This game had a paid attendence of only 1400 people. Last night Woori drew almost 5,000 for their home opener. At first it was a little funny, but now, I just feel sad for these guys. I'm not buying an Woori jersey any time soon, but I think I'll start rooting for them. As long as their not playing my beloved Lions.
Lotte 6, SK 2
Karim Garcia clubbed his second homerun of the new season while going 2-3 with 2 RBI, 1 run scored and 1 walk. Most of Lotte's damage was done during a 4-run 4th inning. SK starter Song Eun-beom deciding to pitch batting practice and was lifted for reliever Yoon Gil-hyeon, who wasn't much better.
Lotte's starter, Chang Won-Joon took 99 pitches to work 7 innings, striking out 6 and allowing only 1 run on 5 hits.
KIA 6, Doosan 2
Doosan's offense was pathetic in this one. Only one starting player had a hit or a walk. Actually, it was the same player that did both, leadoff man Lee Jong-wook. So, laps for everyone else, but Lee, you can have a water and a towel.
KIA starter, Jeon Byeong-du, was what you might call "effectively wild." He threw 81 pitches in his 6 innings of work, but only 46 for strikes. He only allowed one runner to reach base on a walk and he struck out 6.
Doosan reliever, Lee Hye-cheon is the newly annointed "One pitch, One out" King. He came in for one batter, threw one pitch and then got to hangout in the dugout for the rest of the game. Nice work.
Samsung 5, LG 4
It's becoming obvious that Samsung didn't do much sightseeing while staying at their tropic locale for spring training. This team is prepared to start the season and they look like a championship ballclub right now.
Samsung overcame some shaky pitching that was afraid to find the strike zone last night. 5 Samsung pitchers combined for 8 walks. 3 of them by starter, Yoon Seong-hwan during his 5 innings of work.
Samsung also managed to get 5 runs without a single extra base hit. The ball is just bouncing their way right now.
Samsung's Park Han-Yi is the leading hitter in the KBO right now, hitting a blistering .563. He was 3/4 last night, all singles.