Lotte 4, LG 3
W - Ryan Sadowski (2-4), L - Shin Jeong-rak (0-1), S - Lim Kyeong-won (1)
Lotte HR - Jeon Joon-woo (3) LG - None
This was Sadowski's third straight quality start and his second consecutive win. Someone doesn't want the Edgar Gonzalez treatment! Ryan tossed 7 innings(88 pitches, 60 strikes) of 3-run baseball. He allowed 9 hits and struck out 3. KIA ace Bong Jung-geun struggled through Friday night's game and finished with a ND. Bong tossed 6 innings(111 pitches, 66 strikes) and gave up 3 runs on 11 hits and 1 walk with 5 K's. LG rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the 7th inning. LG 3rd baseman Kim Tae-won hit a 2-run double to put LG on the board and infielder Park Yong-geun followed with an RBI single to tie the game. Lotte broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the 8th with an RBI sac fly from outfielder Jeon Joon-woo. Jeon finished 3-4 with a homer, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lotte reliever Lim Kyeong-won recorded the final 5 outs for the save.
Nexen 18, Samsung 5
W - Kim Sang-su (1-2), L - Jeong In-wook (0-1)
Nexen HR - Hwang Jae-gyun (1), Song Ji-man (6) Samsung HR - None
Um, yeah. 19-year old rookie Jeong In-wook was essentially thrown to the wolves. Jeong had pitched in a few games as a mop-up reliever, but this was his first start. It was totally forgettable. Jeong was left out there for 4 innings and gave up 13 runs(only 8 earned). He allowed 9 hits and 6 walks while striking out 3. Yikes. Nexen 3rd baseman Hwang Jae-gyun had a 7-RBI night against the Lions. Hwang went 3-4 with a walk, a homer and 3 runs scored in addition to his large RBI total. Nexen DH Song Ji-man and 2nd baseman Kim Min-woo both drove in 3 runs. Every single Nexen starter either drove in or scored a run. Moving on...
Doosan 12, SK 8
W - Lim Tae-hoon (3-1), L - Gary Glover (3-3)
Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su 2 (6), Choi Joon-seok (5), Lee Jong-wook (3), Lim Jae-cheol (1), Yang Eui-ji (7) SK HR - Kim Jae-hyeon (1), Choi Jeong (7), Cho Dong-hwa (3)
Doosan dropped a 5-spot on SK and starter Gary Glover in the first inning and kept the pressure on. I'll paraphrase the immortal Mike McD in Rounders when I write that the Bears took out one of the Wyverns' legs. After that, all they had to do was lean on them. Glover essentially took one for the team and stuck around to get his brains beat in for 6 innings. Doosan pitcher Lim Tae-hoon appeared to be settling into his new role as a starter. Lim tossed 5 innings(84 pitches, 55 strikes) of 2-run baseball. Lim gave up 5 hits and 1 hit batsman while striking out 3. Doosan left fielder Kim Hyeon-su had his first really big game in a while. Kim went 3-5 with 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. DH/1B Choi Joon-seok chipped in with a 3-5, 1 triple, 1 homer, 2 RBI, 2 run effort. SK 3rd baseman Choi Jeong is finally starting to gain the trust of the SK brain trust. Jeong is batting 5th now and he went 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. SK outfielder Cho Dong-hwa enjoyed a solid night from the 9-slot. Cho finished 3-4 with a homer, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
KIA 5, Hanhwa 3
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (6-1), L - Jose Capellan (0-8), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (7)
KIA HR - Park Ki-nam (2) Hanhwa HR - Jeong Hyeon-seok (3)
KIA rode a 5-run, 5th inning rally and a quality start from Yang Hyeon-jong to victory. Park Ki-nam started the rally with a 2-run homer to give KIA a 2-1 lead. Then, with the bases loaded, KIA left fielder Lee Jong-hwan dropped a base hit into right to drive in a pair and push the lead to 4-1. 1st baseman Choi Hee-seop added an RBI single before the rally petered out. KIA starter Yang Hyeong-jong tossed 6 1/3 innings(109 pitches, 75 strikes) of 3-run baseball. Yang allowed 10 hits and 2 walks, but struck out 8. Hanhwa right fielder Jeong Hyeon-seok was the tallest midget for the Eagles on Friday. Jeong finished 3-3 with a homer, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.