LG 9, Lotte 8
W - Kim Kwang-su (1-0), L - Kang Yeong-sik (1-1), S - Shinya Okamoto (12)
LG HR - Lee Jin-yeong (4) Lotte HR - Hong Seong-hoon (20), Lee Dae-ho (16)
LG is the most recent KBO team to try to cash in on the throwback uni craze. The Zombies wore these bad boys last night. The only problem was they paid for the hats and shirts, but not the pants. The blue uni's looked a little silly with the modern day black pinstripe pants.
Lotte suffered yet another bullpen last night. Lotte took an 8-7 lead into the eighth inning. This time it was Kang Yeong-sik AND Lim Kyeong-won. Kang loaded the bases with one out and got the hook. Lim came in and promptly gave up a base hit to third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon. The runner on third was able to score easily, but the runner on second was out by fifteen feet at home. Jeong finished the game 3-4 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. The next batter, DH Son In-ho, singled up the middle to break the 8-8 tie and give LG a 9-8 lead. Shinya Okamoto recorded a scoreless ninth for the save. Lotte's big bats did well in a losing cause. Third baseman Lee Dae-ho enjoyed a five RBI night. Most of the damage came on Lee's fourth inning grand slam. Lee finished 2-5 with a pair of K's. DH Hong Seong-heun went 2-4 with a walk, a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Doosan 8, Nexen 5
W - Hong Sang-sam (1-1), L - Adrian Burnside(6-6), S - Lee Yong-chan (14)
Doosan HR - None Nexen HR - Kang Byeong-sik (4)
Doosan jumped out to an early lead with a seven-run rally in the first inning. Nexen starter Adrian Burnside didn't finish the inning. He was battered for seven runs(six earned) on four hits two walks and two hit batsmen. He pitched 2/3 of an inning, but both outs were recorded via the strikeout. This game was all about the Doosan offense. Catcher Kim Jae-ho lead the way with a 3-5 afternoon. Kim doubled once, drove in three runs and scored one. Third baseman Lee Won-seok went 2-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Doosan starter Hong Sang-sam found a way to not get completely get lit up. Hong tossed five innings(101 pitches, 57 strikes) of two-run(one earned) baseball. Hong gave up five hits and three walks while striking out five.
SK 10, KIA 4
W - Goh Hyo-joon (5-3), L - Aquilino Lopez (1-6)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (11), Park Jeong-kwon (9), Kim Jae-hyeon (5) KIA HR - Cha Il-mok (3)
KIA starter Aquilino Lopez was punished for nine runs during his 5 1/3 innings of work. SK starter Park Hyeon-joon was yanked after throwing a scoreless first inning and SK reliever Goh Hyo-joon tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief while the SK offense started bashing home runs. With one run already in, third baseman Choi Jeong hit a three-run homer to give SK a 4-0 lead. SK added a two-run blast by first baseman Park Jeong-kwon and a pinch-hit grand slam by Park Jae-hyeon in the sixth inning. KIA catcher Cha Il-mok was one of the few KIA Tigers to actually show up on Saturday. Cha finished the day 2-3 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Hanhwa 3, Samsung 2
W - Lee Dong-hyeon (1-2), L - Kwon Hyeok (2-1), S - Yang Hoon (6)
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (20) Samsung HR - None
This was tied at two in the eighth inning when first baseman Jang Seong-ho singled to right with runners on first and second with two outs. Left fielder Kang Dong-woo made a break for the plate. Samsung right fielder Oh Jeong-bok was up throwing and actually beat the runner to the plate. Kang slid past Samsung catcher Jin Kab-yong and got his hand in under the tag to score the go ahead run. Hanhwa closer Yang Hoon threw a scoreless ninth inning for the save. I usually like to write about the pitching in games like this, but both starters were fairly mediocre. Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su and Hanhwa starter Yang Seung-jin both did a great job of eating up innings and kept their teams in the game, but neither did anything very special.