Doosan 5, LG 1
W - Lim Tae-hoon (9-6), L - Bong Jong-geun (8-6)
Doosan HR - Kim Dong-ju (18) LG HR - None
Doosan starter Lim Tae-hoon actually turned in a quality start and the Doosan offense got to LG ace Bong Jong-geun. Lim tossed five innings(85 pitches, 52 strikes) of one-run(unearned) baseball. Lim gave up three hits and four walks while striking out four. Doosan DH Kim Dong-ju jacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Doosan a 2-1 lead. Kim finished 1-2 with a walk, a HBP, two RBIs and two runs scored. Right fielder Lee Seong-yeol chipped in with a 2-3, two RBI night.
Nexen 3, SK 1
W - Kim Seong-hyeon (3-4), L - Ken Kadokura (10-5), S - Son Seung-rak (16)
Nexen HR - None SK HR - None
Nexen starter Kim Seong-hyeon looked solid against the Wyverns. Kim tossed 6 1/3 innings(104 pitches, 58 strikes) of one-run baseball. Kim allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. Nexen took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when catcher Kang Gui-tae legged out an infield single with runners on the corners and two outs. Kang finished 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. Nexen added another run in the fourth when second baseman Kim Il-kyeong hit a ground rule double to right/center. Nexen closer Song Seung-rak retired the final four batters in order to earn the save.
Lotte 9, Hanhwa 1
W - Kim Su-wan (1-0), L - Yoo Won-seong (4-9)
Lotte HR - Kim Ju-chan (7), Karim Garcia 2(24) Hanhwa HR - None
Lotte appeared to be determined not to go into the all-star break with a loss. A loss would have meant a three-game sweep at the hand of the last place Hanhwa Eagles. Lotte jumped on Hanhwa starter Yoo Won-seong early with a three-run homer from left fielder Kim Ju-chan that gave Lotte a 4-0 lead. Karim Garcia hit a pair of homers, but he just missed a three homer night. I've never seen a guy start practicing for the homerun derby in a game before. Garcia appeared to go out of his way to hit mammoth fly balls. He hit a double in the second that bounced off the top of the fence in left field. Six more inches and he had a three-homer night. Garcia finished 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Hwang Jae-gyun made his Giants debut last night by hitting second and playing third base. Lee Dae-ho shifted over to first. Hwang went 1-4 with a walk and run scored. Lost in the homer barrage was a fine effort from Lotte starter Kim Su-wan. Kim tossed eight innings(90 pitches, 55 strikes) of one-run baseball. Kim allowed five hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out four.
Samsung 10, KIA 5
W - Jeong Hyeon-wook (6-0), L - Son Yeong-min (1-5)
Samsung HR - Jin Kab-yong (8) KIA HR - Chae Jong-beom 2(2)
Both Samsung starter Jang Won-sam and KIA starter Roman Colon had essentially the same stat line. Both pitched into the sixth inning. Both gave up two runs. Both threw under eighty pitches. Both were painfully mediocre. Both openly rooted for Paraguay in the World Cup....Okay. I made that last one up. Samsung got into the shallow end of the KIA bullpen and made them pay. Samsung rallied for six runs in the eighth inning and put the game out of reach. Third baseman Cho Dong-chan did some of the damage with a three RBI double. Cho finished 2-4 with four RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Catcher Jin Kab-yong went 2-3 with walk, a homer, two RBIs and a run scored. KIA DH Chae Jong-beom lead the KIA offense by going 3-4 with two homers, four RBIs and two runs scored.