Doosan 14, LG 9
W - Lee Jae-hak (1-0), L - Han Hee (0-1)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok (10), Goh Yeong-min 2(4), Yoo Jae-wong (4) LG HR - Cho In-seong (9), Son In-ho (2)
Talk about your ugly ballgame. Both starting pitchers combined for exactly 4 1/3 innings of work. Yuck. Both Kim Sun-woo and Han Hee embarrassed their families last night by combining to give up 14 runs. Kim should send Han a fruit basket to thank him for being worse and getting stuck with the L. Doosan second baseman Goh Yeong-min had a career night. Goh blasted a grand-slam in the second inning and added a solo homer in the seventh. Goh finished the evening 3-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Goh! Goh! Goh! Doosan first baseman Choi Joon-seok went 4-5 with a solo homer, one RBI and three runs scored. LG third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon lead the Twins offense by going 3-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
SK 2, Nexen 1
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (8-2), L - Moon Seong-hyeon (0-3), S - Lee Seung-ho (17)
SK HR - None Nexen HR - Doug Clark (12)
Kim Kwang-hyeon got the W, but he didn't really deserve it. The SK bullpen threw four shutout innings to close the door on any chance of a Nexen come back. The SK ace was chased from the game after five innings(101 pitches, 58 strikes) due to his high pitch count. Kim allowed one run on three hits and five walks while striking out five. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer by Nexen outfielder Doug Clark. SK scored a run in the third on an RBI single from catcher Park Kyeong-won and picked up another run in the fifth on an RBI doubel from DH Park Jae-hyeon. Nexen starter Moon Seong-hyeon deserved better than a loss. Moon threw six innings(104 pitches, 59 strikes) of two-run baseball. Moon gave up four hits, three walks and one hit batsman while striking out four.
KIA 7, Hanhwa 1
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (10-1), L - Julio DePaula (2-6)
KIA HR - None Hanhwa HR - None
I really can't believe that KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong only gave up one run. The young lefty allowed 11 base runners during his 5 2/3 innings(94 pitches, 54 strikes) of work. In between giving up hits and walks, Yang struck out three. KIA gave Yang an early lead thanks to a two-run, first inning rally. Third baseman Kim Sang-hyeon returned to action as a DH after a looooong stint on the DL. Kim drove in the first KIA run with an RBI single. Catcher Kim Sang-hoon also drove in a run with an RBI single in the same inning. KIA struck for five more runs in the sixth inning with the ultimate assembly line rally. KIA banged out four singles and drew two walks. The line kept on moving and didn't stop until the game was out of hand.
Samsung 9, Lotte 5
W - Jeong Hyeon-wook (4-0), L - Lim Kyeong-won (1-2)
Samsung HR - Cho Yeong-hoon (1) Lotte HR - None
Holy bullpen meltdown, Batman! The Lotte Giants actually had a 5-2 lead in the eight inning, but the Lions rallied against a tired Ryan Sadowski and a frightening Lotte bullpen. Sadowsk gave up a lead off single to third baseman Cho Dong-chan. After the single, Ryan got the hook. Lotte reliever Kang Yeong-sik gave up a balk and a wild pitch to allow Cho to advance to third base. Kang struck out Park Han-yi and got a quick hook for closer Lim Kyeong-won. Samsung right fielder Choi Hyeong-woo drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Samsung DH Yang Joon-hyeok grounded out to second for the second out, but Cho was able to score to make the score 5-3. Choi was able to walk home after Karim Garcia missed a diving catch on line drive from catcher Jin Kab-yong to make the score 5-4. In the 9th inning, Lim stayed in the game to try to earn the save. He failed. A costly throwing error on a bunt allowed Samsung to tie the game at five. With runners on first and second trying to advance, Lim threw the ball to third instead of taking the easy out at first. The throw was a few feet wide of Lee Dae-ho, the ball went into left field and Samsung tied the game. Samsung loaded the bases with one out and Lim drilled DH Yang Joon-hyeok in the ankle to allow the go-ahead run to score. Samsung added another run when shortstop Park Ki-hyeok fumbled a ground ball to push the score to 7-5. Samsung scored another run on a grounder to short. Park didn't fumble it, but it appeared to get stuck in his glove. He was unable to get the double play and had to settle for the force at second. The run made the score 8-5. With two outs and runners on the corners, Samsung first baseman Cho Yeong-hoon doubled to left/center. One run scored easily to make it 9-5, but the trailing runner was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Disaster completed. Samsung reliever Kwon Hyeok recorded a scoreless ninth to nail down the W for the Lions. Lim was due for a meltdown of some sort, but I didn't think his defense would betray him the way it did last night. Who am I kidding? Lotte's D always betrays them.