Doosan 4, Samsung 2
W -Kim Sun-woo (5-3), L - Yoon Seong-hwan (2-3), S - Lee Yong-chan (12)
Doosan HR - None Samsung HR - None
Doosan rode a quality start from starter Kim Sun-woo and a four-run 5th inning rally to victory. Kim tossed 6 2/3 innings(98 pitches, 53 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim allowed four hits and four walks while striking out eight Lions. Doosan rallied in the 5th inning with a pair of RBI singles from infielder Oh Jae-won and left fielder Kim Hyeon-su. First baseman Choi Joon-seok added a two RBI double that proved to be the difference on the scoreboard. Doosan closer Lee Yong-chan tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
Nexen 8, LG 6
W- Adrian Burnside (4-5), L - Seo Seung-hwa (1-2), S - Son Seung-rak (8)
Nexen HR - None LG HR - None
8-6 makes the final sound a little closer than this game actually was. Adrian Burnside left the game in the sixth inning with a 6-1 lead and the Nexen bullpen tried awfully hard to blow the game for him. Thankfully, the Nexen offense was there to add a few insurance runs to keep LG from taking the lead. Burnside threw reasonably well for a non-Korean starter in the 2010 KBO season. Burnside tossed 5 2/3 innings(109 pitches, 61 strikes) of three-run baseball. Burnside allowed four hits and four walks while striking out five. Every LG starter except second baseman Kwon Yong-kwan recorded a base hit of some kind last night. LG catcher Cho In-seong led the Twins at the plate by going 1-3 with a walk and a two RBI double. On the other side of the field, every Nexen starter reached base. Shortstop Kang Jeong-ho lead the way for the Heroes with a 3-4 evening. Kang doubled, drove in two and scored two. Nexen closer Son Seung-rak is becoming one of the more reliable relievers in the league. Son recorded the final four outs in order for the save.
Lotte 5, SK 4
W - Ryan Sadowski (3-5), L - Ken Kadokura (8-3), S - Lim Kyeong-wan (4)
Lotte HR - Hong Seong-heun (14), Kang Min-ho (9) SK HR - Park Jae-sang (5)
Look at Lotte finally getting a W against SK! The Giants were 0-6 in their previous six games against the Wyverns. Ryan Sadowski threw better than his final line indicated. Sadowski was roughed up in the early innings, but managed to keep his pitch count down, put up a few zeroes and stick around to earn the W. Sadowski tossed six innings(118 pitches, 76 strikes) of four-run baseball. Ryan gave up five hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out seven. SK starter Ken Kadokura appeared to be cruising to another W, but the Giants scored a few runs in the fifth inning to get back in the game. DH Hong Seong-heun hit a solo homer and catcher Kang Min-ho added a two-run bomb to cut the lead to 4-3. Lotte rallied again in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second with one out, Lotte outfielder Park Jong-yoon hit a routine grounder to third. Third baseman Choi Jeong picked it cleanly and then tried to throw it into Seoul. The throw was wide of, well, everyone. SK made things worse by throwing the ball away again on a throw to the plate. Two Lotte Giants were able to score on a un-SK-like series of gaffes. SK first baseman Park Jeong-kwon was spiked(accidentally...honest) on the play and needed to be helped off the field. Lotte reliever Lim Kyeong-wan recorded the final five outs for the save.
Hanhwa 5, KIA 3
W - Park Jeong-jin (1-0), L - Park Kyeong-tae (0-2), S - Yang Hoon (4)
Hanhwa HR - None KIA HR - None
Seo Jae-wong must be ready to start throwing punches. Seo has had a rough KBO career. He's been injured off and on since returning to Korea after a few seasons shuttling between Tampa Bay and AAA. He threw seven shutout innings(111 pitches, 67 strikes) last night and was stuck with an ND. He gave up five hits, two walks and one hit batsman while striking out four. Hanhwa starter Yoo Won-sang threw 5 1/3 innings(95 pitches, 51 strikes) of shutout baseball, but the Hanhwa bullpen is usually incompetent. All the runs scored in this game came in the eighth inning. Hanhwa rallied for five runs in the top of the inning and KIA rallied for three in the bottom half of the inning. KIA needed four pitchers to finish the inning. The problems started when Park Kyeong-tae and Kwak Jeong-cheol started walking guys. Then Son Yeong-min started giving up RBI basehits. DH Jeong Hee-sang hit a two-RBI single. Catcher Shin Kyeong-hyeon hit an RBI double. Shortstop Lee Dae-su clubbed a two-RBI double that proved to be the difference on the scoreboard. KIA did answer back with a two-RBI single from catcher Cha Il-mok and an RBI single from Choi Hee-seop. Hey, way not to quit guys. Hanhwa closer Yang Hoon recorded the final four outs for the save. He struck out two.