We get a preview of sorts on the second half from the Joongang Daily. They have an interesting take on the KBO's top two managers. It's definitely worth a read, but I disagree with them about the Samsung Lions. I think Samsung's younger guys will have more of an impact on the next two months than Jin Kab-yong or Park Jin-man.
Aaron at the EWC offers up power rankings with eyes on the 2nd half.
On to the roundup...
LG 4, KIA 2
W - Chris Oxspring (9-8), L - Kane Davis (2-2), S - Jeong Jae-bok (8)
LG's Chris Oxpsring had the flutterball fluttering last night. Oxpsring tossed 7 innings(106 pitches, 63 strikes) allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 2 K's. LG struck for two quick runs in the first inning when Park Yeong-taek hit an RBI single and later scored on Choi Dong su's sac fly. LG added two insurance runs in the 8th inning on a 2-run bomb from Jo In-seong. It turns out LG would need the insurance because Jeong Jae-bok allowed KIA to add another run in the 9th.
Samsung 5, Woori 2
W - Lee Sang-mok(6-6), L - Ma Il-yeong (9-8), S - Oh Seung-hwan (27)
The difference in this one was a 3-run bomb in the 5th inning from Samsung 3rd baseman, Park Seok-min. Losing 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Woori struck for a two run rally off of Samsung starter, Lee Sang-mok. Those would be the only runs the Heroes could muster. Lee worked 5 1/3 strong innings(73 pitches, 50 strikes) allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 K's.
SK 4, Doosan 3
W - Lee Seung-ho (2-1), L - Im Tae-hoon (5-5), S - Esteban Yan (1)
The Wyverns actually trailed 3-1 heading into the 7th inning, but a late rally put them on top to stay. In the top of the 7th with one out, SK's Lee Jae-won slapped a broken bat single into right. Mo Chang-min came on to pinch run for Lee. Jo Dong-hwa hit a sharp grounder to 2nd. Mo was already sliding by the time the ball was caught, so the Doosan 2nd baseman tossed the ball over to first, but Jo beat the throw to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. The next batter, Jeong Gun-woo slipped a seeing-eye single up the middle to score Mo. The next batter, Kim Jae-hyeon, slapped a double off the wall in right to score Jo and Jeong, giving SK 4-3 advantage. All of Doosan's runs came on a first inning 3-run homer from Hong Seong-heun. Esteban Yan recorded the last two outs to earn his first KBO save.
Lotte 11, Hanhwa 4
W - Son Min-han (9-3), L - Jeong Min-cheol (6-9)
It was a homerun barrage from the Giants in the first game back from the Olympic break. Foreign sensation Karim Garcia got things started right by launching a three-run bomb in the first and a solo shot in the 4th. Garcia finished 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 6 RBI's. Jo Seong-hwan clubbed a 2-run homer in the 5th and Lee Dae-ho hit his 16th of the year in the 8th inning. Son Min-han wasn't great, but he kept his team in the game for 6 2/3 innings allowing all 4 runs on 7 hits with 3 K's. All of the damage on Son came during the 4th inning. Son allowed an RBI single to Hanhwa's Song Kwang-min and a 3-run bomb to Doug Clark.