The real secret to SK's success? The team dog.
Doosan slugger, Kim Dong-joo, finding focus before a game.
Samsung 3, LG 2
W - Oh Seung-hwan (1-1) L - Jeong Jae-bok (3-6)
Chris Oxspring baffled the Lions for 7 1/3 innings last night. He allowed only 1 run on 3 hits and 3 BB's while striking out 6. Then, it was time for the bullpen to hold a 2-1 lead. They failed. In the bottom of the 9th, Park Seok-min lead off with a double. He scored on an RBI single from Yang Joon-hyeok. Samsung loaded the bases with only one out. Jeong Jae-bok got Oh Dong-gyun to hit a shallow pop up to right field. Neither LG 2nd baseman, Chae Jeong-guk, orrightfielder, Park Yong-taek, called for it. The ball fell between the two fielders for a hit. Yang Joon-hyeok raced home to score the winning run while Chae fumbled with the ball. Ballgame. The LG manager may or may not be found hanging in his office right now. Game ball to Oh Seung-hwan for vulturing the W. Nice work.
SK 9, Lotte 5
W - Lee Seung-ho (1-0), L - Song Seung-jun (8-4), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (15)
This series isn't being played in Busan or Incheon, it's being played in a sleepy little port outside Busan called Masan. A 5-run 5th inning from the SK offense spelled "DOOM" for the Giants. The big hit of the inning was a 3-run bomb from SK DH Kim Jae-hyeon. The 1-2-3 hitters in the SK batting order combined to go 5-13 with 7 of the teams' 8 RBIs. SK starter, Song Eun-beom, lasted only 1 1/3 innings last night thanks to a quick hook from manager, Kim Seong-geun. The SK bullpen pitched in and out of trouble for 7 2/3 innings. Lotte was great at getting men on, but seemed to have trouble finding the big hit to really cut into the SK lead. Lotte leftfielder Son Kwang-min finished 4-4 with an RBI and 1 run scored. Lotte catcher, Kang Min-ho, went 1-4 with 2 RBI and one run scored.
Woori 5, Doosan 4
W - Lee Hyeon-seung (4-4), L - Matt Randel (4-6), S - Song Shin-yeong (3)
This game sounds closer than it really was. Woori lead 5-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th, but Doosan mounted a fake rally to make the score 5-2. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, Doosan mounted a second fake rally to make the score 5-4, but Song Shin-yeong struck out the last batter to record the one-out save. Woori third baseman, Jeong Seong-hoon, went 2-4 with a fifth inning RBI double and a 7th inning RBI triple. Doosan 2nd baseman, Ko Yeong-min finished the night 2-3 with a 4th inning solo homer, two runs scored and an RBI.
Hanhwa 5, KIA 3
W - Yoo Won-sang (4-3), L - Felix Diaz (0-1), S - Brad Thomas (15)
This was another game that had a final score that sounded closer than the game actually was. KIA trailed 5-1 in the bottom of the 9th when they mounted a 2-run fake rally. Hanhwa called on closer, Brad Thomas, to nail down the last two outs and he did, but not before giving up another hit. Felix Diaz was fairly forgettable in his 2nd KBO start. He stuck around for 5 2/3 innings(89 pitches, 50 strikes) allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks with 2 K's. No one was really all that impressive at the plate for either side, so the game ball goes to Hanhwa starter, Yoo Won-sang. Yoo pitched 6 1/3 innings(88 pitches, 53 strikes), allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 5 K's. Game ball worthy? Absolutely.