LG 3, KIA 1
W - Phil Dumatrait (4-4), L - Seo Jae-wong (4-5), S - Shinya Okamoto (15)
LG HR - Oh Ji-hwan (8) KIA HR - Cha Il-mok (4)
The KIA Tigers made a lot of contact against LG starter Phil Dumatrait, but never made him pay for it. Dumatrait only struck out one batter during his 6 1/3 innings(92 pitches, 54 strikes) of work. Dumatrait allowed only one run on five hits and one walk. The only KIA hitter to get to him was catcher Cha Il-mok, who hit a solo homer in the third inning. Cha's homer tied the game at one. With the game still tied in the fourth inning, LG shortstop Oh Ji-hwan blasted a solo homer to give LG a 2-1 lead. LG picked up a late insurance run and cruised to an easy W.
Nexen 2, Lotte 2
Nexen HR - Kang Byeong-sik (7) Lotte HR - None
Lotte was facing a 2-1 deficit in the eighth inning. Lotte shortstop Moon Kyu-hyeon lead off the inning with a double. First baseman Kim Ju-chan laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Moon into third. Second baseman Cho Seong-hwan hit a sac fly to deep center to drive in Moon and tie the game at two. Still in the eighth inning, Lotte put runners on first and third when DH Hong Seong-heun and third baseman Lee Dae-ho both hit back-to-back singles. The next batter, Karim Garcia, laced a line drive into right...directly at the Nexen right fielder for the third out. In the top of the twelfth inning, Lotte put a runner in scoring position with two outs after Moon Kyu-hyeon hit another double. Moon was pulled for a pinch runner. Kim Ju-chan singled to left and the third base coach sent the runner home. He was out by ten feet for the third out. Lost in this game were two fairly strong efforts from the starting pitchers. Lotte starter Lee Jae-gon tossed six innings(92 pitches, 61 strikes) of two-run baseball. Lee gave up seven hits, one walk and one HBP while striking out two. Nexen starter Goh Won-joon threw seven innings(91 pitches, 49 strikes) of one-run ball. Goh gave up three hits, three walks and one HBP while striking out four.
Hanhwa 8, SK 5
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (12-4), L - Gary Glover (6-7), S - Park Jeong-jin (3)
Nexen HR - Lee Dae-su (4), Choi Jin-haeng (23) SK - Mo Chang-min (1)
Hanhwa ace Ryu Hyeon-jin enjoyed yet another quality start. Ryu tossed seven innings(103 pitches, 68 strikes) and gave up one run. Ryu allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. Hanhwa shortstop Lee Dae-su hit a grand slam in the third inning that gave Hanhwa a 7-1 lead and put the game out of reach. SK managed to tag the shallow end of the Hanhwa bullpen for a few late runs, but the final was never really in doubt. Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng had a quality night at the plate. Choi finished 3-5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Doosan 8, Samsung 4
W - Kim Sun-woo (9-5), L - Francisco Cruceta (5-9)
Doosan HR - Jeong Su-bin (1) Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (14)
Samsung took my advice and started walking Kim Dong-ju, but they forgot to take care of the other eight guys in the Doosan lineup last night. Human victory cigar/outfielder Jeong Su-bin has been getting some playing time with Lee Jeong-wook taking a few days off with an injury. He actually did something with it last night. Jeong went 2-5 with a triple, a homer, three RBIs three runs scored and a stolen base. Left fielder Kim Hyeon-su chipped in with a 2-5, two RBI and one run scored effort. With an early lead, Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo was able to cruise. Kim tossed seven innings(111 pitches, 76 strikes) and gave up three runs. Kim allowed five hits and three walks while striking out six.