KIA 15, LG 4
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (8-1), L - Phil Dumatrait (0-1)
KIA HR - Ahn Chi-hong (2), Cha Il-mok (2) LG HR - None
KIA scored 11 runs in the first four innings to sink the Twins in Phil Dumatrait's KBO debut. Mr. Dumatrait had all the appearances of 2009's Rick Bauer Experience. Dumatrait stuck around for 3 1/3 innings, but gave up 10 runs on nine hits and three walks. Somehow, he struck someone out. I hope Dumatrait didn't unpack yet. It would be easier to tell you the KIA Tigers that didn't have a big game. I'm looking at you Mr. Lee Hyeon-gon. But, it's more fun to go over the big numbers put up in a blowout. Choi Hee-seop went 3-5 with a walk, four RBIs and two runs scored. Catcher Cha Il-mok went 2-3 with a walk, a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored. KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong was the lucky recipent of the Dumatrait depantsing. Yang cruised for six innings(118 pitches, 67 strikes) He allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five.
Nexen 6, Hanhwa 3
W - Geum Min-cheol (5-6), L - Yang Seung-jin (1-3), S - Son Seung-rok (7)
Nexen HR - Doug Clark (5) Hanhwa HR - None
Nexen rode a fine outing from starter Geum Min-cheol and some fireworks from embattled foreign outfielder Doug Clark to victory. Geum tossed six innings(82 pitches, 52 strikes) and gave up three runs. Geum allowed eight hits, two walks and two hit batsmen while striking out three. Clark blasted a three-run homer in the third inning to give Nexen a 3-2 lead. Nexen added a few insurance runs and cruised to victory. Right fielder Yoo Han-joon finished 2-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Nexen closer Son Seung-rok struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
Samsung 8, SK 5
W - Cha Woo-chan (1-1), L - Jeong Woo-ram (4-3), S - Kwon Hyeok (3)
Samsung HR - Kang Bong-gyu (2), Choi Hyeong-woo (11) SK HR - None
Look at Samsung breaking out the brooms against the feared SK Wyverns. The sweep still has Samsung 5.5 games in back of SK, but only one game behind the second place Doosan Bears. Matt's on to somethin'! I smell a pennant! The Lions actually trailed 5-3 in the seventh inning of this game, but mounted a rally. Right fielder Park Han-yi led off the inning with a single and scored on a double by veteran catcher Jin Kab-yong. With two outs and a runner on third, 2nd baseman Shin Myeon-cheol doubled off the wall to tie the game at five. DH Yang Joon-hyeok drew a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs. The next batter Samsung RBI machine/right fielder Choi Hyeong-woo hit a homerun that almost left the stadium. If the wall in right field were six inches shorter, someone would have been plucking his ball out of the trees behind the stadium. Samsung started the game with a shaky outing from Brandon Knight, but ended the game with 4 2/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen. Kwon Hyeok recorded a 1-2-3 9th for the save. SK 1st baseman Park Jeong-kwon had a solid game in a losing effort. The big 1st baseman went 3-4 with a walk, three RBIs and a stolen base.
Doosan 10, Lotte 6
W - Les Walrond (2-0), L - Kim Il-yeop (0-1)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol (9) Lotte HR - Kim Joo-chan (3), Hong Seong-heun (12)
This wasn't so much as series as it was a "let's see who can score ten first" contest. In all three games, the winning team scored exactly ten runs. If you like offense, this series was for you. Last night, Doosan right fielder Lee Seong-yeol started the scoring with a grand slam in the first inning. Doosan added an insurance run in the 2nd inning thanks to a Kim Hyeon-su RBI single to make the score 5-0. Lotte battled back with a 2-run HR from outfielder Kim Joo-chan in the bottom of the third to make it 5-2. Lotte mounted a rally in the 4th inning as well. With runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Karim Garcia hit a towering flyball to left that Garcia thought went out, but replays show that it hit well below the top of the fence. Garcia ended up on 2nd, but Lotte only scored once. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, outfielder Park Jong-yoon hit a line drive to left. It should have been an easy out, but Lee Seong-yeol forgot how to close his glove properly and one run was able to score on the play to cut the lead to 5-4. With two outs and runners on the corners, Kim Joo-chan poked a single through the left side to score a run and tie the game at five. That would be the closest Lotte would get to a lead. Doosan mounted a rally in the top of the fifth inning. Doosan took a 6-5 lead on an RBI single by 1st baseman Choi Joon-seok. The Bears loaded the bases with one out. All three runners were able to score on an off-the-wall triple by catcher Yang Eui-ji to give Doosan a 9-5 lead. The two teams would trade fake rallies, but Doosan was able to hold off the Lotte Giants and record the finals outs with a lead.