Nexen/Doosan was washed out last night. I'm really surprised they were able to get in three of the four games. It was a wet evening on the peninsula.
LG 7, Lotte 4
W - Bong Jung-geun (7-3), L - Song Seung-joon (7-4)
LG HR - Lee Jin-yeong (3), Lee Dae-hyeong (1) Lotte HR - Karim Garcia (19), Lee Dae-ho (18)
The difference here was pitching. LG got a quality start out of ace Bong Jung-geun. Lotte...didn't get much out of starter Song Seung-joon. Bong tossed 7 2/3 innings(116 pitches, 70 strikes) of three-run baseball. Bong gave up four hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out six. Lee Dae-ho tagged Dr. Bong for a two-run homer in the first inning, but Bong settled down after that and didn't give up much. Song didn't make it out of the fifth inning and was battered for seven runs on ten hits and three walks. he looked more like the '08 or '09 version of Song rather than the the '10 version. Before this season, Song had a rep as a quality starter who couldn't keep his pitch count down and gave up hits in bunches. He lived up to last year's rep last night. After DH Lee Jin-yeong hit a solo homer in the first inning to cut the Lotte lead in half, center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong hit a three-run bomb to give LG a 4-2 lead. LG picked up a couple insurance runs in the fifth inning to essentially put the game out of reach.
SK 4, KIA 3
W - Jeong Dae-hyeon(1-0), L - Song Yeong-min (1-2)
SK HR - None KIA HR - None
This was a pitcher's duel in the rematch of the '09 Korean Series. SK starter Ken Kadokura threw 7 1/3 innings(96 pitches, 70 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kadokura gave up six hits and struck out four. KIA starter Yoon Seok-min threw 8 1/3 innings(132 pitches, 87 strikes) of three-run baseball. Yoon allowed six hits and two walks while striking out six. Sadly, for both of these guys, the bullpens failed both teams. KIA took a 3-1 lead when catcher Kim Sang-hoon singled to left with Choi Hee-seop on second base. Choi was able to rumble around third and score. In the bottom of the 9th, Yoon ran out of gas and KIA went into their bullpen. With a runner on second and one out, pinch hitter Yoon Sang-gyun singled to right center to cut the KIA lead to 3-2. Shortstop Na Ju-wan walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. KIA brought in embattled starting pitcher Seo Jae-wong to get them out of the jam. He promptly gave up a walk-off double to left fielder Cho Dong-hwa to end the game and blow the save.
Hanhwa 7, Samsung 2
W - Choi Yeong-pil (1-1), L - Francisco Cruceta (4-8)
Hanhwa HR - Jeon Hyeon-tae (4) Samsung HR - Cho Yeong-hoon (2), Park Seok-min (3)
This game got out of hand in the sixth inning when second baseman Jeon Hyeon-tae hit a three-run homer to give Hanhwa a 7-1 lead and effectively put the game out of reach. Jeon finished the day 1-2 with a walk, four RBIs and one run scored. Hanhwa starting pitcher Choi Yeong-pil didn't remind anyone of Ryu Hyeon-jin, but he looked competent. Choi tossed 5 1/3 innings(93 pitches, 58 strikes) of two run baseball. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The only Samsung runs came on solo homers by first baseman Cho Yeong-hoon and third baseman Park Seok-min.