"A while ago we were better." (Loosely translated, it literally means, a while ago above)
LG 6, Woori 4
LG held a one run lead heading into the 8th inning. Woori reliever, Jeon Jun-ho(5.94 ERA, 3 saves, 1 hold, 1.74 WHIP), turned this one from close game to lopsided W in just a few batters. When the dust settled, it took 3 Woori pitchers to get out of the 8th and LG held a 6-1 lead.
Woori was able to mount a fake rally in the 9th. It came in the form of a 3-run bomb from Song Ji-man(.318/.364/.495, 24 RBIs), but that was all the Heroes could muster as far as a comeback. At least the final looked respectable.
No one really deserves a game ball here, but I'll give it to LG leadoff hitter Lee Dae-hyeong(.297/.360/.326, 31 runs scored, 21 SB's). Lee went 3-4 with a walk, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Doosan 5, SK 1
Wow. I would have thought that SK's solid pitching and patient offense would have helped them to avoid losing streaks, but here they are, losers of 3 straight. Tip of the cap to Doosan. They simply outplayed the defending champs this week.
Doosan starter, Mark Randel(3.75 ERA, 2-3, 1.48 WHIP), pitched in and out of trouble for the first 5 innings. He allowed 9 base runners, but managed to keep most of them from scoring. His final line for his 5 innings(91 pitchers, 50 strikes) was 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. The Doosan bullpen shut the door for the last 4 innings. From the 6th inning to the 9th, SK only recorded one basehit.
The game ball goes to Doosan leadoff hitter, Lee Jong-wook(.307/.392/.362, 32 runs scored, 15 SB's). Lee went 2-4 with a walk, a double, 2 RBI and 2 SB's.
Samsung 4, Lotte 3
I have no idea what to make of this. Samsung looks fairly mediocre against SK last weekend and then comes out and plays competitive baseball against Lotte. In the words of Joe Morgan, the Lions need to concetrate on their consistency.
Lee Dae-ho(.356/.449/.553, 6 HR, 34 RBI) was a one man wrecking crew for Lotte last night. The Giants really could have won last night if he had a little more help. Lee was 3-4 with a first inning 2-run bomb and an RBI double in the 8th.
Samsung's Bae Yeong-su(4.35 ERA, 3-3, 1.45 WHIP) earned the W, while Oh Seung-hwan(2.65 ERA, 12 saves, 1.18 WHIP) tossed a shaky 9th to earn the save. He gave up 3 hits in the inning.
KIA 6, Hanhwa 5
Jose Lima(5.66 ERA, 2-2, 1.49 WHIP), once thought released and left for dead, has now won 2 consecutive starts. One more and that's a winning streak. Lima didn't pitch incredibly well, but he didn't get torched and he received enough help from the offense to get the W. He should've picked up the team's soju tab for the night. Jose lasted 5 innings(77 pitches, 46 strikes) allowing 3 runs(all earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.
Hanhwa's Kim Tae-gyun(.311/.414./.698, 12 HR, 33 RBI) continued his recent hot streak by going 3-4 with a homer, a walk, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. Lee Yong-gyu(.309/.376/.409) gets the game ball for KIA. Lee went 2-4 with a walk, a double, 2 RBI, 1 run scored and a stolen base.