Lotte 10, LG 5
W - Ryan Sadowski (6-5), L - Phil Dumatrait (2-3), S - Kim Sa-yul (2)
Lotte HR - Cho Seong-hwan (4), Kang Min-ho (13), Kim Ju-chan (4) LG HR - None
Sadowski did a good job of pitching with a lead and keeping his pitch count down to eat up innings, but this was his shakiest start in over six weeks. Sadowski tossed six+ innings(94 pitches, 61 strikes) and gave up five runs. Ryan gave up thirteen(!) hits and two walks while striking out two. He was able to keep LG in the ballpark. If the Zombies started hitting home runs, this game would have gone from bad to worse for Sadowski and the Giants. The Giants held a 5-3 heading into the top of the seventh. Karim Garcia singled to left with runners on first and second to push the lead to 6-3. In the bottom of the seventh, the LG Twins started the inning by putting runners on second and third with no outs. It was at this point that Ryan Sadowski was pulled for reliever Kang Yeong-sik of the Lotte arson squad. Predictably, Kang gave up a base hit to score both runners and cut the Lotte lead to 6-5. Lotte picked up a bunch of insurance in the top of the ninth when second baseman Cho Seong-hwan and catcher Kang Min-ho both hit two-run homers to push the lead to 10-5.
Nexen 2, Doosan 1
W - Song Shin-yeong (3-4), L - Kim Sun-woo (6-5), S - Son Seung-rak (11)
Nexen HR - None Doosan HR - None
Doosan carried a slim 1-0 lead into the 8th inning, but Nexen started to rally against a tiring Kim Sun-woo. The inning started strangely. Nexen second baseman Kim Il-kyeong was awarded first base after Kim Sun-woo took too long in between pitches. The next batter, catcher Yoo Sun-jeong hit a comebacker to Kim. Kim went to second for the first out, but the throw was wide of the bag and pulled shortstop Kim Jae-ho off the bag. The Bears were able to get the force out at first, but the lead runner was called safe. Pinch hitter Song Ji-man singled to left to score the tying run. Song advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored when center fielder Jang Ki-yeong tripled to right/center to give Nexen a 2-1 lead. Nexen closer Son Seung-rak threw a scoreless ninth to nail down the Nexen victory. Both Kim Sun-woo and Nexen starter Moon Seong-hyeon threw well enough to win. Kim tossed 7 1/3 innings(103 pitches, 70 strikes) and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two. Moon threw six innings(106 pitches, 61 strikes) of one-run ball. Moon allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three.
SK 4, KIA 0
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (9-2), L - Seo Jae-wong (4-2)
SK HR - Kim Jae-hyeon (5) KIA HR - None
SK ace Kim Kwang-hyeon handcuffed one of the more powerful KBO lineups yesterday. Kim threw a complete game shutout(116 pitches, 75 strikes). Kim allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out five. The SK ace faced only two batters over the minimum as he racked up outs all day long. At the plate for SK, Kim Jae-hyeon came in as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and put SK on the scoreboard with an RBI double. Kim would score later on an RBI single from first baseman Park Jeong-kwon. Kim added a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give SK some insurance. Seo Jae-wong was the tough luck loser for the KIA Tigers. The former Tampa Bay Devil Ray threw 5 2/3 innings(84 pitches, 58 strikes) of two-run baseball. Seo gave up only four hits and one walk while striking out two.
Samsung 6, Hanhwa 3
W - Kwon Oh-joon (1-0), L - Ma Il-yeong (1-2), S - Jeong Hyeon-wook (6)
Samsung HR - Park Seok-min (4) Hanhwa HR - None
Hanhwa built a 3-0 lead in the early innings thanks to some really, really poor pitching from Samsung starter Yoon Seong-hwan. After the disastrous start, the Lions got a solid effort from the bullpen and managed to mount a rally. After picking up a pair of runs in the sixth inning thanks to a run scoring on a throwing error and RBI single from DH Choi Hyeong-woo, the Lions continued their assault in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and one out, warm body/second baseman Lim Ik-joon hit a lazy grounder to short. The Eagles recorded one out at second, but the throw to first was offline and Lim was safe and a run scored to tie the game at three. Samsung scored again while the Eagles were trying to corral the baseball and took a 4-3 lead. Samsung added two insurance runs in the eight inning when third baseman Park Seok-min hit a two-run homer. Samsung reliever Jeong Hyeon-wook threw a perfect ninth for the save.