LG 2, Doosan 0
W - Seo Seung-hwa (3-1), L - Lee Hyeon-seung (2-4), S - Shinya Okamoto (8)
LG HR - None Doosan HR - None
I never would have guessed that LG would be capable of shutting anyone out. Let alone the Doosan Bears. Seo Seung-hwa looked competent during his 5 1/3 shutout innings(87 pitches, 51 strikes). Seo allowed only six hits and two walks while striking out four. LG scored a pair of runs in the first inning on a pair of RBI singles from right fielder Lee Byeong-gyu and first baseman Park Byeong-ho. Lee Hyeon-seung threw fairly well in a losing effort. Lee tossed 8 innings(111 pitches, 72 strikes) of 2-run baseball. He allowed only five hits and 1 walk while striking out five. LG closer Shinya Okamoto recorded the final three outs for the save.
SK 14, Hanhwa 2
W - Ken Kadokura (8-2), L - Yoo Won-sang (2-4)
SK HR - Park Kyeong-wan (8), Choi Jeong (8), Lee Ho-joon (1), Na Joo-hwan (5) Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (12)
Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng hit a 2-run bomb in the first inning and that was the only positive the Eagles could take from this game. Ken Kadokura and the SK defense started posting scoreless innings and the SK bats started hitting homers like...Choi Jin-haeng. After the rough start to the game Kadokura settled down and stuck around for 8 innings(120 pitches, 67 strikes). He allowed four hits, three walks and one hit batsman while striking out eight. Veteran catcher Park Kyeong-wan lead the charge for the SK offense. Park finished the evening 3-4 with a walk, a double, a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. Every SK regular either scored or drove in a run. The Wyverns hit four homers, but they still had a team approach to their offense. Second baseman Jeong Geun-woo chipped in with a 3-4, one walk, one stolen base, two RBI and one run evening. The Hanhwa pitching staff only walked seven, but they gave up nine extra base hits. Baby steps, guys, baby steps.
KIA 5, Nexen 3
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (7-1), L - Geum Min-cheol (4-6), S - Aquilino Lopez (1)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (10) Nexen HR - None
A four-run 3rd inning and a quality start from starter Yang Hyeon-jong lead the Tigers to victory on Friday. In the 3rd inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, KIA second baseman Ahn Chi-hong poked a single through the left side to drive in both runners. The next batter, first baseman Choi Hee-seop, clubbed a homer to left field to make the score 4-0. Yang ran into a little trouble in the 5th inning, but was able to keep the go ahead run off the board. Yang ended up tossing 7 innings(115 pitches, 74 strikes) of three run baseball. Yang allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six. KIA turned to foreign starter Aquilino Lopez to nail down the save. Lopez allowed two base runners on a walk and a base hit, but was able to record the final outs before getting into any big trouble.
Samsung 3, Lotte 2
W - Brandon Knight (5-2), L - Ryan Sadowski (2-5), S - Kwon Hyeok (3)
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (9) Lotte HR - None
In the battle of embattled foreign starters, both of these guys looked pretty good. Brandon Knight continues his hot and cold starts and Ryan Sadowski continued his solid May. Knight tossed 6 1/3 innings(90 pitches, 64 strikes) and gave up only two runs. Knight allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six. Sadowski stuck around for 7 innings(107 pitches, 69 strikes), but surrendered three runs. Sadowski gave up seven hits while striking out eight. The score was tied at one in the 6th inning, but Samsung RBI machine Choi Hyeong-woo clubbed a 2-run bomb off Sadowski to give Samsung a 3-1 advantage. Lotte mounted a fake rally in the 7th and managed to scratch across a run on an RBI ground out from shortstop Park Ki-hyeok. Lotte slugger Karim Garcia had to leave the game in the 6th inning after fouling a ball off his foot.