Doosan 10, KIA 9
W - Kim Sang-hyeon (7-6), L - Kwak Jeong-cheol (5-4), S - Lee Yong-chan (24)
It looks like all those 120+ pitch outings are catching up with KIA starting pitcher Aquilino Lopez. Lopez was battered 9 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit batsman during his 6 innings of work. Who would've guessed that in a matchup of Lopez vs. Juan Cedeno, Cedeno would have the better outing. Big Juan tossed 6 innings(115 pitches, 69 strikes) and gave up 3 runs. Cedeno was a WHIP killer. He gave up 7 hits and 5 walks while only striking out 2. Doosan 3rd baseman Lee Won-seok lead the Bears offense by going 2-3 with a walk, a homer, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lee connected for a grand slam in the 3rd inning that gave Doosan a 6-0 lead. KIA mounted a comeback thanks to 2 RBI evenings from 1st baseman Choi Hee-seop, 3rd baseman Kim Sang-hyeon, left fielder Jeong Sang-ho and catcher Cha Il-mok. Sadly, it was too late. Doosan inflicted just a little too much damage for the KIA offense to overcome. Doosan closer Lee Yong-chan tossed a 1-2-3 9th for the save.
SK 6, LG 3
W - Gary Glover (7-3), L - Han Hee (1-3)
I think SK really wants to finish in first place and get the free pass to the Korean Series. They're playing every game like it's the WBC final. Gary Glover tossed another quality start. This time The Glove tossed 7 shutout innings(95 pitches, 65 strikes). Glover gave up only 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. SK 3rd baseman Choi Jeong made a rare appearance(well, he's in the lineup every day, but there's usually an 0-4 written next to his name). Choi went 2-3 with a HBP, a homer, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho also hit a solo homer.
Hanhwa 11, Seoul Heroes 9
W - Brad Thomas (2-5), L - Cho Yong-joon (1-0)
The Heroes actually had a 9-7 lead in the bottom of the 9th, but two Heroes relievers allowed Hanhwa to rally for 4 runs in the 9th inning. With the score 9-8 and runners on 1st and 3rd with one out, Hanhwa DH Lee Do-hyeong hit a walk-off 3-run homer to win the game for the Eagles. The 10 Heroes fans in attendance were absolutely aghast. 1st baseman Kim Tae-gyun and 3rd baseman Lee Beom-ho also homered in this one. Heroes center fielder Lee Taek-geun hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning that broke a 0-0 tie. This was an ugly, ugly game, but it was still more exciting than yesterday's LG/Samsung snoozefest.
Lotte 9, Samsung 1
W - Jang Won-joon (12-7), L - Francisco Cruceta (8-9), S - Lim Kyeong-wan (1)
Neither of these teams really want the last playoff spot. All it means is that one of these teams has to postpone their golf trips for 5 more days. Even though I'm a completely biased Samsung fan, I'd like Lotte to get the spot. I think it would really help Jerry Royster's cause to have 2 playoff appearances in 2 years. This game was close...until the Samsung relief corps started showing up and letting Lotte hit baseballs over the fence. Right fielder Karim Garcia and corner infielder Lee Dae-ho both homered for Lotte. Garcia finished 1-4 with 1 walk, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lee went 2-4 with a walk, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lotte DH Hong Sang-heun lead the way with a 3-5, 2 run, 2 RBI evening. Every time I looked at the screen I saw Hong getting a basehit of some kind or scoring a run.