Two bits of news in Korean language only today. First, LG has announced that Phil Dumatrait and Shinya Okamoto won't be brought back for next year. I'm not surprised Dumatrait won't be back, but Shinya could make sense in the KBO. For example, if Lotte chooses not to bring back Karim Garcia, I think Shinya could help with their woes in the late innings.
Also, Yoon Seok-min claims his drilling of Lotte's Cho Seong-hwan was a mistake, but it sounds like Cho is concussed.
Doosan 10, Hanhwa 6
W - Goh Chang-seong (4-3), L - Ma Il-yeong (1-3), S - Lee Yong-chan (25)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol (20), Kim Dong-ju (20) Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (28)
Doosan starter Kelvin Jiminez was awful. Jiminez was lit up for five runs(four earned) during his 4 1/3 innings of work. Hanhwa starter Yoo Won-seong actually threw the ball pretty well and didn't deserve the ND that he was stuck with. Yoo tossed 5 1/3 innings(97 pitches, 63 strikes) of two-run ball. Yoo gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Doosan rallied almost immediately after Yoo was pulled. The Hanhwa bullpen was batter for eight runs during the sixth and seventh innings. Doosan center fielder Lee Jong-wook and second baseman Goh Yeong-min both played key roles in the rallies and both finished the game with three RBIs. Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng turned in a solid effort in a losing cause. Choi went 2-5 with a homer, three RBIs and one run scored.
SK 6, Nexen 2
W - Ken Kadokura (13-6), L - Kim Seong-hyeon (6-6)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (18) Nexen HR - None
SK starter Ken Kadokura tossed a quality start while third baseman Choi Jeong brought the pain for the SK offense. Kadokura threw seven innings(112 pitches, 73 strikes) of two-run baseball. Ken gave up only six hits and one walk while striking out nine. Choi finished the game 2-3 with a walk, a double, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Choi scored SK's first run after he doubled in the second inning. He scored on an RBI single from Lee Ho-joon. Choi gave Kadokura a bunch of insurance runs when he capped a four-run rally with a two-run homer.
LG 8, KIA 7
W - Kim Kwang-su (4-5), L - Kim Hee-geol (3-5)
LG HR - None KIA HR - Kim Sang-hyeon (17)
KIA actually held a 7-4 lead heading into the eighth inning, but reliever Yoo Dong-hoon couldn't get anyone out. By the time the dust settled, LG was leading 8-7. Yoo started the eighth inning after Lopez threw 135 pitches during his seven innings of four-run baseball. Yoo started with a lead-off single, then a walk, then another single and, finally, a shower. Yoo was yanked with no outs and the bases loaded. KIA called on Lee Dong-hyeon to put out the fire. He promptly gave up a two-run double to second baseman Park Kyeong-su to make the score 7-6. A fielding error by shortstop Lee Hyeon-gon allowed LG to load the bases again. Center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong grounded into a fielder's choice that tied the game at seven. LG DH Park Yong-taek untied the game with an RBI sac fly to left. LG reliever Kim Kwang-su faced six batters and sent all six back to the bench as he threw perfect eighth and ninth innings for the W.