LG 9, Doosan 7
W - Lee Dong-hyeon (5-0), L - Jeong Jae-hoon (4-3), S - Shinya Okamoto (14)
LG HR - Kim Tae-wan (3), Lee Byeong-gyu (6) Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su (14), Kim Dong-ju (14), Choi Joon-seok (14)
LG managed to hang around in this one with a three-run homer outfielder Kim Tae-wan and a two-run homer from Lee Byeong-gyu, but they were still facing a 7-6 deficit in the eighth inning. The Zombies took an 8-7 lead when the same Lee Byeong-gyu doubled to the gap in left with runners on second and third. Lee would score on an RBI single from pinch hitter Oh Ji-hwan. LG closer Shinya Okamoto threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Doosan's 3-4-5 hitters were Kim Hyeon-su, Kim Dong-ju and Choi Joon-seok. They combined to go 7-13 with three homers, four RBIs and six runs scored.
Samsung 8, Nexen 7
W - Jeong In-wook (2-1), L - Lee Bo-geun (1-1), S - Jeong Hyeon-wook (11)
Samsung HR - Jin Kab-yong (6) Nexen HR - None
Both starters were awful and pulled during the third innings. We had a Brandon Knight sighting for the first time in a looooong time. The struggling non-Korean starter tossed an inning of relief for the Lions and gave up a run. He could get a plane ticket home soon. He gave up three hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Yeah, that ticket could be coming really soon. This game turned into a battle of bullpens and Samsung's was much better than some of the punching bags that Nexen trotted out to the mound. I'm not going to give a blow-by-blow because it would 1. be hard to follow and 2. make my head hurt. Samsung lead off hitter/center fielder Lee Yeong-wook had an interesting day at the plate. Lee went 2-3 with a walk, a double, a HBP, one RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Nexen infielder Kim Min-woo lead the Heroes offense by going 3-4 with a walk, a double, two RBIs, one run scored and a stolen base.
KIA 4, Hanhwa 2
W - Yang Hyeon-jong (11-3), L - Yoo Won-sang (4-8), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (12)
KIA HR - Na Ji-won (9) Hanhwa HR - None
KIA's three week long nightmare is over. The sixteen game losing streak is now over. KIA needed a good start from Yang Hyeon-jong, four scoreless innings of relief from their bullpen and just enough offense to get the job done. Yang threw five innings(104 pitches, 58 strikes) of two-run baseball. Yang allowed four hits and two walks while striking out seven. In the fourth inning, KIA tied the game at two with a solo homer from DH Na Ji-won. KIA took a 3-2 lead in the fourth thanks to a real Banana Brothers moment from the Eagles. KIA right fielder Lee Jong-beom hit a pop up to shallow center that three Eagles stared at as it hit the turf. At least they didn't knock each other down. Lee was gifted a double by the official scorekeeper. Catcher Kim Sang-hoon singled to right to drive in Lee. KIA added an insurance run and let closer Yoo Dong-hoon actually close a game for the first time in a while. Yoo tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
Lotte 5, SK 4
W - Lee Jeong-hoon (2-6), L - Jeon Byeong-du (1-1)
Lotte HR - Kang Min-ho (15) SK HR - Park Kyeong-wan (10)
The theme of late for Lotte has been walkoffs. They're either getting walked off or walking someone off. The score was tied 4-4 heading into the ninth inning. Lotte first baseman Kim Ju-chan lead off the inning with a double to deep center. Lotte sent pinch hitter Moon Gyu-hyeon to the plate and he got himself drilled in the shoulder. Lotte DH Hong Seong-heun stepped up to the plate and delivered a base hit into left field. Kim was able to score on the play and Hong earned a beat down/water and Pocari shower from his teammates. Hong finished the evening 2-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Lotte got four scoreless innings from their bullpen after starter Jang Won-joon was chased from the game in the fifth inning. I kept waiting for Royster to bring someone in and have him give up five runs, but it never happened.