SK manager Kim Seong-geun called Jerry Royster personally to apologize for comments made earlier in the week.(The link is Korean language only) Apparently he said that Lotte was a "sand team." It doesn't translate perfectly to English, but he was trying to say that Lotte wasn't a solid team. I don't really see the need for the apology. Based on conversations I've had, Jerry Royster would probably agree with him. Still, the idea of Kim apologizing to anyone is interesting. This is the guy who sends players down to the "Futures League" as if it were a bodily function.
Doosan 7, Nexen 1
W - Les Walrond (3-0), L - Geum Min-cheol (5-7)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol (10) Nexen HR - None
I'm not a Doosan fan by any means, but I'll root for Les Walrond. He's a journeyman in the truest sense and he appears to have a good attitude about life. As long as he's allowed to pitch, he's happy. Les turned in a quality start last night as the Doosan Bears cruised to victory. Les threw six innings(106 pitches, 67 strikes) of one-run baseball. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out six. Nexen starter Geum Min-cheol was roughed up by his former team. Geum was chased from the game in the fifth inning after giving up six runs. Doosan DH Kim Dong-joo went 2-4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Doosan lead off hitter Lee Jong-wook scored three runs while going 3-4 with a triple.
Hanhwa 3, SK 0
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (8-2), L - Eom Jeong-wook (2-2)
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (15), Shin Kyeong-hyeon (3) SK HR - None
Ryu Hyeon-jin is simply the best pitcher in the KBO. The large lefty has improved his conditioning, harnessed his stuff and is having one of the finest seasons in KBO history. It's too bad he's stuck on the Hanhwa Eagles. Ryu threw his second consecutive complete game shutout(128 pitches, 91 strikes) last night. He allowed nine hits and one hit batsman while striking out thirteen. The only offense in this game was a solo homer from Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng in the sixth inning and a two-run blast from catcher Shin Kyeong-hyeon in the ninth inning. SK reliever Lee Seung-ho was pressed into action as a starter and threw reasonly well. Lee tossed four shutout innings(64 pitches, 36 strikes). He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Samsung 4, KIA 2
W - Jeong Hyeon-wook (3-0), L - Kwak Jeong-cheol (1-4)
Samsung HR - None KIA HR - None
This battle of non-Korean pitchers was essentially a draw. Both KIA's Aquilino Lopez and Samsung's Francisco Cruceta pitched well enough to win, but essenitally canceled each other out. Lopez threw 5 1/3 innings(95 pitches, 57 strikes) of one-run baseball. Lopez allowed five hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out four. Cruceta tossed 5 1/3 innings(92 pitches, 52 strikes) of two-run baseball. Cruceta allowed one hit, four walks and one hit batsman while striking out four. Samsung was facing a 2-1 deficit in the eighth inning, but rallied for three runs to take the lead. With a runner on second and one out Samsung DH Yang Joon-hyeok laced a single into left/center to tie the game at two. After a Park Seok-min single and a ground out from Kang Bong-gyu, Samsung had runners on second and third with two outs. Samsung catcher Jin Kab-yong was intentionall walked to load the bases and Samsung shortstop Park Jin-man poked a single through the left side to drive in a pair of runs. The single from Park gave the Lions a two-run lead. Samsung reliever Jeong Hyeon-wook stayed on for the ninth inning. After allowing a few baserunners, the final outs were recorded and Jeong secured the W.
LG 6, Lotte 5
W - Kim Ki-pyo (2-3), L - Lee Jeong-hoon (1-4), S - Shinya Okamoto (9)
LG HR - Jeong Seong-hoon (2) Lotte HR - Hong Seong-heun (15), Son Ah-seob (3)
After a four-run rally in the seventh inning that featured a solo homer from DH Hong Seong-heun and a three-run bomb from left fielder Son Ah-seob, the Giants held a 4-3 lead. The LG Twins started a rally in the top of the eighth. Third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon lead off the inning with a double. Shortstop Oh Ji-hwan laid down a sac bunt to get Jeong into third, but after fielding it cleanly Lotte catcher Kang Min-ho threw the ball into left field trying to get Jeong at third. Jeong scored to tie the game and Oh advanced to second. With two outs and Oh on third, LG center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong poked a single through the right side to score Oh and give LG a 5-4 lead. Lee stole second and scored on a single from left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu. After Lotte fake rallied their way through the bottom of the eighth inning, LG closer Shinya Okamoto threw a scoreless ninth for the save.