Hanhwa 4, LG 3
W - Yang Hoon (2-0), L - Shinya Okamoto (4-2), S - Ma Il-yeong (2)
Hanhwa HR - Shin Kyeong-hyeon (4) LG HR - None
It was Hanhwa manager Han Dae-hwa's turn to get thrown out for arguing balls and strikes last night. Han felt that the strike zone for LG starter Han Hee wasn't the same as he one for Hanhwa starter Julio DePaula. Only in Korea does the umpire need to be restrained from going after the manager. Actually, the manager needed to be restrained as well, but it was unusual to see the ump need to be calmed down by one of Hanhwa's senior coaches. Han got tossed from the game after he was pushed back into the dugout by his coaching staff. The incident overshadowed a dramatic come from behind victory by the Hanhwa Eagles. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning, Hanhwa scored a run on an RBI sac fly by second baseman Jeong Won-seok. Then in the ninth inning, Hanhwa took a 4-3 lead when catcher Shin Kyeong-hyeon hit a two-run homer off of LG closer Shinya Okamoto. Hanhwa reliever Ma Il-yeong needed only three pitches to record the final two outs for a vulture save.
Lotte 13, Nexen 3
W - Ryan Sadowski (5-5), L - Bae Him-chan (2-5)
Lotte HR - Son Ah-seop (5) Nexen HR - Doug Clark (9)
Lotte avoided another tie by clobbering Nexen pitching and the Ryan Sadowski train continues to roll into win city! Sadowski tossed eight innings(106 pitches, 64 strikes) and gave up three runs. Ryan allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out five. Lotte left fielder Son Ah-seop hit lead off last night and lead the Lotte offense. Son finished the evening. Son went 2-3 with a walk, a lead off homer to start the game, three RBIs and two runs scored. Lotte outfielder Jeon Joon-woo chipped in with a 3-5 effort. Jeon tripled, drove in two runs, scored three times and stole a base. Lotte is 5-0-1 over their last six games, but the Giants are still 2.5 games in back of the Tigers and Lions for the last playoff spot.
Samsung 6, SK 1
W - Yoon Seong-hwan (3-4), L - Goh Hyo-joon (3-3)
Samsung HR - None SK HR - Kim Kang-min (6)
The final score looks inflated because Samsung was able to get into the shallow end of the SK bullpen during the final few innings and pad their stats a little. With the game tied at one in the fourth inning, Samsung loaded the bases with one out. Samsung shortstop Kim Sang-su was hit in the shoulder with a Jeon Joon-ho pitch to drive in the go-ahead run. The next batter, center fielder Lee Yeong-wook, singled to right to push the lead to 3-1. Samsung added a few insurance runs late to pad their lead. Samsung starter Yoon Seong-hwan threw a quality start for the first time in a long time. Yoon tossed 5 1/3 innings(72 pitches, 50 strikes) of one-run baseball. Yoon allowed only four hits and struck out four. Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan made an appearance. He struck out the side in the ninth inning in a non-save situation.
KIA 7, Doosan 0
W - Roman Colon (3-0), L - Kim Sun-woo (6-4)
KIA HR - None Doosan HR - None
Roman Colon's KBO success continues. The Dominican righty tossed six shutout innings(84 pitches, 57 strikes) last night. Colon allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out three. You'll look at the final and assume that Kim Sun-woo got lit up. He really didn't. Kim surrendered three runs on six hits, one walk and on hit batsman during his six innings(98 pitches, 62 strikes) of work. Kim managed to strike out five Tigers. KIA rallied early off of Kim and late off of the shallow end of the Doosan bullpen. Doosan was so far out of this one that Jeong Su-bin batted twice and Hong Sang-sam threw an inning of relief. KIA right fielder Lee Jong-beom and first baseman Choi Hee-seop both drove in a pair of runs last night.