Edgar Gonzalez finally received his release from the LG Twins. He finished his KBO career 0-6 in 9 starts with a 7.68 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. There's no word on his replacement...yet. I guess after LG dropped two in a row to Hanhwa it was time for a head to roll. Gonzalez is unemployed, but both Jose Capellan and Julio DePaula still have jobs. Sometimes, life just isn't fair.
Doosan 3, Samsung 1
W - Kelvin Jimenez (7-1), L - Francisco Cruceta (3-5), S - Lee Yong-chan (11)
Doosan HR - None Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (7)
In the battle of competent expat KBO pitchers, Kelvin Jimenez emerged the victor. Jimenez threw 6 shutout innings(96 pitches, 59 strikes) last night. Jimenez allowed only 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8. Doosan broke through in the first inning with an RBI sac fly from right fielder Lee Seong-yeol. Doosan added two more runs in the 4th inning when 1st baseman Oh Jae-won drove in a pair of runs on a single with the bases loaded. Doosan closer Lee Yong-chan recorded a vulture save when he came in to record the final out. He needed exactly three pitches to get Cho Dong-chan to line out to second.
Hanhwa 8, LG 7
W - Ahn Yeong-myeong (2-1), L - Lee Beom-joon (0-1), S - Yang Hoon (1)
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (7), Song Kwang-min (2), Choo Seung-woo (2) LG HR - Lee Byeong-gyu (4), Seo Dong-wook 2(2)
Hanhwa broke out to an early 6-run lead thanks to a run in the 1st inning and a five-run rally in the 2nd. Most of the damage came on a grand slam from left fielder Choi Jin-haeng. LG answered back with a 5-run rally of their own in the 5th inning. Most of the damage there came on a 3-run homer from left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu. LG infielder Seo Dong-woo also hit a solo homer during the rally. He would add another solo homer in the 8th inning. With the score dangerously close at 6-5, Hanhwa rallied for two more runs to give them an 8-5 advantage in the bottom of the 6th. Choo Seung-woo hit a solo homer and 2nd baseman Jeon Won-seok delivered an RBI single after Song Kwang-min advanced to third on a fielding error by LG center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong. LG mounted a rally in the 8th. Well, Hanhwa threatened to give up the lead when they brought in reliever Julio DePaula in a close game, but LG failed to capitalize in time. DePaula was pulled for a slightly more competent reliever after allowing LG to cut the Hanhwa lead to one run and put the tying run on third base. Reliever Park Jeong-jin got a lazy ground ball and a strikeout to end the threat.
Nexen 6, KIA 1
W - Goh Won-joon (1-1), L - Jeon Tae-hyeon (1-3)
Nexen HR - None KIA HR - None
Nexen starter Goh Won-joon was too much for the KIA Tigers to handle. Goh threw 6 innings(103 pitches, 71 strikes) of 1-run baseball. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 9. KIA sluggers Choi Hee-seop and Na Ji-won combined to go 0-8 with 6 K's. Nexen right fielder Yoo Han-joon was perfect at the plate. Yoo finished the evening 5-5 with a double, 2 RBIs, 1 run scored and a stolen base. Nexen 1st baseman Lee Sung-yong also chipped in 2 RBIs while going 2-5.
SK 2, Lotte 1 (12)
W - Lee Seung-ho (2-0), L - Kim Sa-yool (0-2)
SK HR - None Lotte HR - None
I was really surprised that this turned out to be a pitcher's duel, but I guess things needed to calm down after last night's football score. This game didn't even feature an extra base hit. Lotte starter Song Seung-joon dueled with SK starter Song Eun-beom. Seung-joon stuck around for 8 1/3 innings(118 pitches, 64 pitches) of 1-run baseball. He allowed 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4. Eun-beom threw 7 1/3 innings(122 pitches, 75 strikes) and also allowed only 1 run. Eun-beom gave up 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. SK drew first blood in the 2nd inning on an RBI ground out from center fielder Kim Kang-min. Lotte answered back in the bottom of the 4th when 2nd baseman Cho Seong-hwan singled after a costly error by SK shortstop Na Joo-hwan allowed Karim Garcia to advance to third. SK had a very un-SKlike performance last night. They committed 4 errors in the field. I can't remember the last time they made that many mistakes. The score remained tied at 1 until the top of the 12th inning. With one out, center fielder Kim Kang-min and catcher Park Kyeong-wan both singled to left to put runners on 1st and 2nd. SK 2nd baseman Jeong Geun-woo laced a single to right. Kang was waved home. Garcia came home with the throw and catcher Kang Min-ho put the tag on the runner in time. The problem was that Kang didn't hang on to the ball and the runner was ruled safe to give SK a 2-1 lead. Lotte loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but were unable to score. Lee Dae-ho hit an infield pop up on the first pitch he saw for the second out of the inning and Karim Garcia did exactly the same thing during his at bat to end the game. Two pitches from Lee Seung-ho and two infield pop ups. They should just change the team name to the Lotte White Sox.