Doosan 8, Samsung 5
W - Lee Hyeon-seung (2-3), L - Bae Yeong-su (3-3)
Doosan HR - Lee Jong-wook (2) Samsung HR - Cho Dong-chan (2)
8-5 makes this final sound closer than the game really was. Samsung mounted a 9th inning rally against a few warm bodies in the Doosan bullpen to make the final look better in the papers. 8-2 sounds like a blowout. 8-5, not so bad. Doosan starter Lee Hyeon-seung didn't look like an all-star, but he pitched well enough to win. Lee threw 5 innings(74 pitches, 47 strikes) of 2-run baseball. Lee allowed 5 hits and 1 hit batsman while striking out 2. The Doosan offense battered Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su early and the Samsung bullpen late. Doosan center fielder Lee Jong-wook had a solid evening at the plate. Lee went 3-4 with a HBP, a homer, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Doosan 3rd baseman Kim Dong-joo continued his hot streak by going 1-3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBIs. Samsung backup infielder Cho Dong-chan continued to put up numbers at the bottom of the Samsung lineup. Cho went 2-4 with a a homer, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored. It sounds impressive, but his 3-run homer came in the 9th inning off a no-name reliever when the game was pretty much over.
Hanhwa 8, LG 6
W - Yoon Gyu-jin (1-0), L - Kim Ki-pyo (0-3), S - Yang Hoon (2)
Hanhwa HR - Shin Kyeong-hyeon 2(2), Choi Jin-haeng (8) LG HR - Cho In-seong (4), Lee Byeong-gyu (5), Park Kyeong-su (2)
What surprised me the most about this series was Hanhwa finding a legit closer in Yang Hoon. Yang is a big intimidating dude that has the closer "look." He also has a heavy fastball with late movement that works as a legit out pitch. He could be one of this year's "Get-To-Know-Your Eagles" that could be wind up being a key part of a playoff team. Control has been an issue for the 24-year old righty, but he's gained a lot of confidence in his past few outings and looks like he's resolved some of his issues. Also, pitching against this creaky LG lineup has to help. This Eagles team might be bad, but at least they're young and bad. The LG Twins are old and bad, that's much worse. Runs were scored in bunches in this game. Hanhwa rode a 5-run 5th inning rally to victory. In the 5-run 5th, Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng and catcher Shin Kyeong-hyeon both clubbed 2-run bombs. The 5th inning homer was the second of the game for Shin. He also hit a two-run blast in the 4th inning. Yang Hoon recorded the final 4 outs in order for the save. He struck out two. Julio DePaula faced two batters and didn't give up any hits or runs. Progress!
KIA 4, Nexen 2
W - Seo Jae-wong (3-0), L - Bae Him-chan (2-1), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (6)
KIA HR - Lee Jong-hwan (1) Nexen HR - None
KIA starter Seo Jae-wong put together a decent effort and the KIA offense provided just enough offense to get the job done against Nexen. Seo threw 6 innings(80 pitches, 56 strikes) of 2-run baseball. Seo allowed 9 hits and struck out 2. The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 6th inning thanks to a wild pitch and a botched run-down. Hey, if you can't be a good team, at least make things interesting. Nexen's inexperience really showed in the 6th inning. Pitches bouncing to the screen. Infielders forgetting about runners. Bad throws. All the inning needed was a fly ball lost in the lights and it would have had everything. KIA reliever Son Yeong-min struck out 3 during two scoreless innings and KIA closer Yoo Dong-hoon threw a scoreless 9th for the save.
SK 7, Lotte 4
W - Goh Hyo-joon (3-1), L - Lee Yong-hoon (0-1), S - Jeong Woo-ram (2)
SK HR - Jeong Geun-woo (1) Lotte HR - Cho Seong-hwan (2)
This was the Jeong Geun-woo show. Jeong doubled and homered before being forced from the game after being hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. Jeong lead off the game with a homer, then added a double in the 2nd inning. When he came to bat in the 4th, he attempted to bunt. On the first pitch, Lotte starter Lee Yong-hoon threw one inside and Jeong was able to get out of the way. Jeong wasn't so lucky on the 2nd pitch. Based on the way he was pitching, the ball probably slipped. I think he was trying to throw inside and the it got away from him. I don't think it was intentional, but it could have been. Either way, Jeong was fairly displeased. Both benches stood up, but there was just some general milling around. I don't even think words were exchanged. Jeong made it to first, but was removed for a pinch runner when it was obvious he was in pain. Lee was pulled from the game and hid behind a towel. SK shortstop Na Ju-hwan inflicted a lot of damage against Lotte. Na delivered a 2-RBI single in the first, an RBI single in the 3rd and an RBI sac fly in the 5th. Na finished 2-3 with 4 RBIs. SK outfielder Cho Dong-hwa finished 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Lotte 2nd baseman Cho Seong-hwan kept Lotte in the game with a late 2-run homer. Cho finished 2-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lotte catcher Kang Min-ho ended the night 3-4 with 2 runs scored. SK reliever Jeong Woo-ram struck out 3 and gave up 2 hits while recording the final 5 outs for the save.