Doosan 3, Hanhwa 2
W - Lim Tae-hoon (1-0), L - Ma Il-yeong (0-1), S - Lee Yong-chan (2)
Doosan HR - None Hanhwa HR - None
Both starting pitchers threw well enough to win, but the Doosan bullpen kept the Eagles from breaking through in the late innings. The Hanhwa bullpen didn't crap the bed, but they didn't do well enough to keep their team in the game. Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo tossed 6 innings(82 pitches, 44 strikes) of 1-run ball. He gave up 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Hanhwa starter Yoo Won-seong threw 6 innings(108 pitches, 64 strikes) and gave up 2 runs. Yoo allowed 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5. Hanhwa tied the game at 2 when 2nd baseman Jeong Won-seok delivered an RBI single through the left side. Hanhwa mounted another rally in the 8th inning. With a runner on third and 2 outs, shortstop Lee Dae-su stepped in against Doosan reliever Lim Tae-hoon. Lim got Lee to hit a lazy flyball to center for the final out of the inning. Doosan mounted a rally of its own in the bottom of the 8th inning. DH Lee Seong-yeol singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Doosan 3rd baseman Kim Dong-ju hit a scorching ground ball to third. It bounced off 3rd baseman Song Kwang-min's glove and bounced to shortstop Lee Dae-su. Lee was able to gun down Kim at first, but Lee Seong-yeol was able to advance to second. The next two batters, 1st baseman Lee Won-seok and right fielder Lim Jae-cheol, both drew walks to load the bases for catcher Yang Eui-ji. Yang hit a routine grounder to short, but shortstop Lee Dae-su couldn't find the handle. All the runners were safe and Doosan scored the go ahead run. Doosan closer Lee Yong-chan threw a 1-2-3 9th inning for the save.
KIA 3, SK 1
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (1-1), L - Goh Hyo-joon (0-1), S - Kwak Jeong-cheol (1)
KIA HR - None SK HR - None
KIA 3rd baseman Kim Sang-hyeon and right fielder Lee Jong-beom both hit RBI singles in the 5th inning to break a scoreless tie. KIA added another run in the 6th on an RBI single from Choi Hee-seop. KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong made it look easy while tossing 6 2/3 innings(101 pitches, 63 strikes) of 1-run baseball. He gave up 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. KIA reliever Kwak Jeong-cheol recorded the final five outs in order to earn the save. 3 of the 5 outs were recorded via the strikeout.
Samsung 7, Nexen 3
W - Francisco Cruceta (2-0), L - Kim Su-kyeong (0-1)
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (1) Nexen HR - None
Nexen starter Kim Su-kyeong was battered for 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks during his 3 2/3 innings of work. After a few problems in the first inning, Samsung starter Francisco Cruceta was able to use the early run support and cruise to an easy W. Cruceta tossed 5 2/3 innings(103 pitches, 61 strikes) and allowed 3 runs(2 earned). Cruceta gave up 7 hits, 1 walk and 1 HBP while striking out 6. It felt like Samsung lead off man Lee Yeong-wook was on base all night. Lee went 3-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Samsung DH Choi Hyeong-woo hit a 2-run homer in the 4th inning that gave Samsung a 6-1 lead. This was a total team effort from the Samsung offense. Every starter either scored a run or drove in a run.
Lotte 7, LG 5
W - Song Seung-joon (1-1), L - Kim Kwang-sam (0-1), S - Lee Jeong-hoon (1)
Lotte HR - Hong Seung-hoon (2) LG HR - Park Yong-taek (1)
There were some fireworks during this one and I'm not talking about the homers hit by Hong and Park. In the 3rd inning, Lotte was rallying and scoring runs. Lotte 3rd baseman was standing on third when 1st baseman Park Jong-yoon hit a flyball to shallow left. Lee tried to score, but he was out by ten feet. Lee did run into the catcher and sent him flying about eight feet away from the plate. Then, in the 5th inning, Karim Garcia was drilled in the hip. I'm guessing that this was retaliation for the slide by Lee. Garcia advanced to third on a "hit"(it should have been an error on shortstop Oh Ji-hwan) by catcher Kang Min-ho. Garcia attempted to score on a groundball to first. He was out by ten feet, but he didn't slide and he came in high with an elbow on the catcher. The LG catcher was sent to the ground again. This time, there was some protesting from the mound as Garcia walked back to the dugout. There was some general pushing and shoving, but order was restored quickly. Garcia came up again in the 7th inning and got drilled again. He didn't charge the mound, but Jerry Royster came out of hiding and talked to the umpire. He wanted the pitcher tossed. He didn't get very far with the umpire.
Personally, I felt this was on Garcia. He gets plunked. It happens. There was no excuse for him to go into home with his elbow up. LG shouldn't have drilled him the second time, but Garcia was wrong by hitting their catcher. I don't think Lotte should have protested after Garcia was drilled the second time. If the umpire didn't toss Garcia after his elbow, they shouldn't have tossed the pitcher after the 2nd HBP. Garcia was lucky to have stayed. I didn't like the escalation by LG, but I understand why it happened. I'm sure Lotte did to.