LG 14, Hanhwa 3
W - Park Myeong-hwan (2-0), L - Kim Hyeok-min (0-3)
LG HR - Lee Byeong-gyu (2), Jo In-seong (3) Hanhwa HR - Lee Dae-hyeong (4)
LG posted an 8-run rally during their drubbing of Hanhwa on Saturday. The snowman inning was capped by a grand slam from LG catcher/KBO's ugliest man Jo In-seong. Jo finished the game 3-4 with 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. LG left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu finished the game 2-5 with a homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Not much went right for Hanhwa on Saturday, but DH Lee Dae-hyeong went 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. LG starter Park Myeong-hwan didn't really pitched all that well, but hey, 14 runs. Park tossed 5 innings(79 pitches, 49 strikes) and gave up 3 runs(2 earned). Park allowed 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Hanhwa starter Kim Hyeok-min...needs a new line of work.
Nexen 2, KIA 1
W - Ma Jeong-gil (1-0), L - Kwak Jeong-cheol (0-2)
Nexen HR - None KIA HR - None
Nexen starter Geum Min-cheol and KIA starter Seo Jae-wong pitched well enough to earn a W, but both were saddled with an solid stat line and an ND. Geum threw 5 2/3 innings(112 pitches, 68 strikes) and managed not to walk the entire KIA lineup. Geum gave up 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Seo tossed 7 innings(107 pitches, 64 strikes) of 1-run baseball. Seo allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. The game was tied at 1 and headed for extra innings, but Nexen started a rally in the bottom of the 9th. Doug Clark started the inning with a seeing-eye single up the middle. DH Kang Byeong-sik was unable to get the bunt down and popped out for the first out of the inning, so Clark simply stole second base. Right fielder Song Ji-man was given an unintentional intentional walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Shortstop Kang Jeong-ho singled to right to load the bases. Pinch hitter Jo Jae-ho looped a single to left. Clark was able to score and the Nexen Heroes mobbed Jo at first base.
SK 2, Lotte 1
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (3-0), L - Jo Jeong-hoon (3-1)
SK HR - None Lotte HR - None
Games like this make me smile. Saturday's Lotte/SK tilt was reasonably well-played, brilliantly pitched and finished in under 2 1/2 hours. SK ace Kim Kwang-hyeon is throwing like the best pitcher in Asia. Kim threw a complete game(116 pitches, 82 strikes) and only gave up 1 run. Kim gave up 5 hits and struck out 9. He was brilliant. Everything was a ground ball. Kim didn't give up a run until he started to run out of gas in the 9th inning, but by the time Lotte was able to get him into trouble, the game was over. Lotte starter Jo Jeong-hoon was the tough luck loser. Jo threw 8 innings(104 pitches, 64 strikes) and gave up 2 runs. Jo allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5.
Doosan 3, Samsung 2
W - Kelvin Jimenez (4-1), L - Bae Yeong-su (2-2), S - Jeong Jae-hoon (1)
Doosan HR - None Samsung HR - None
Doosan's pitching was just too much for Samsung's offense. Kelvin Jimenez twirled 7 innings(110 pitches, 65 strikes) of 2-run baseball. He allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and one hit batsman while fanning 1. Doosan reliever Jeong Jae-hoon threw 2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save. Doosan rallied for 3 runs in the top of the third inning. It would be all the offense they would need or get. 1st baseman Oh Jae-won, right fielder Lee Seong-yeol and outfielder Lim Jae-cheol all posted RBI singles during the assembly line rally.