Samsung has released Brandon Knight. A replacement hasn't been announced...yet. Knight compiled a 6-5 record during a season that saw him shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen. Knight carried a 4.54 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 83 1/3 innings.
Doosan 13, Lotte 4
W - Kim Sun-woo (11-5), L - Ha Joon-ho (0-1)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok 2(16), Lee Seong-yeol (16), Yang Eui-ji (11) Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (30)
13-4 makes this game sound close. Lotte got a late homer from Lee Dae-ho and a two-run double from catcher Jang Seong-woo to make this one look not as embarrassing as it was. Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo looked solid against the Giants. Kim tossed seven innings(92 pitches, 69 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim gave up only seven hits and struck out seven. Lotte starter Ha Joon-ho was chased from game in the third inning after giving up seven runs(only six earned). Doosan DH Choi Joon-seok lead the charge against Ha. Choi homered and doubled off the Lotte starter and finished the game 3-4 with a walk, a double, two homers, six RBIs and four runs scored. Doosan right fielder Lee Seong-yeol went 2-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Nexen 5, Hanhwa 2
W - Kim Seong-tae (2-1), L - Yoo Won-sang (5-10), S - Son Seung-rak (11)
Nexen HR - Kim Min-woo (7) Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (26)
Nexen got a quality effort from starter Kim Seong-tae and just enough offense to beat the Eagles. Kim threw six innings(94 pitches, 58 strikes) and gave up two runs. Kim allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. Hanhwa could only muster a third inning RBI double from center fielder Kim Kyeong-un and a solo homer from slugger Choi Jin-haeng in the fourth. The Heroes offense pieced together five one run innings to give Kim the support he needed. Nexen shortstop Kang Jeong-ho went 4-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Kang Gui-tae went 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Nexen closer Son Seung-rak recorded the final four outs in order for the save.
Samsung 5, SK 2
W - Cha Woo-chan (6-1), L - Song Eun-beom (8-4), S - Ahn Ji-man (4)
Samsung HR - Kang Bong-gyu (3) SK - None
Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan threw his sixth consecutive quality start and won for the third time in his last four starts. He's throwing like a guy who's figured something out and the league hasn't caught up yet. Cha threw 6 2/3 innings(112 pitches, 69 strikes) of one run ball against SK. He gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Samsung took advantage of some early SK mistakes and took a team approach to their offense. Five different Lions drove in runs. Samsung reliever Kwon Hyeok ran into trouble in the top of the ninth. With two outs and one run already in, Ahn Ji-man was called to end the threat. Ahn gave up a walk to SK DH Lee Ho-joon to load the bases. Ahn got the next batter, first baseman Choi Dong-su to hit a pop up into foul territory for the final out and the vulture save.
LG 11, KIA 5
W - Kim Kwang-sam (5-4), L - Ahn Yeong-myeong (5-4), S - Lee Dong-hyeon (3)
LG HR - Cho In-seong (21) KIA HR - None
KIA starter Seo Jae-wong just can't catch a break. Seo shutout the Twins for six innings(81 pitches, 50 strikes) and had to watch the LG Zombies batter the KIA bullpen for 11 runs. Seo left the game with a five run lead and went home with a ND. Seo gave up two hits and one walk while striking out five. Six KIA relievers combined to give up eleven runs(ten earned) on twelve hits and two walks. Yuck. Five different Zombies drove in two runs. I wouldn't be surprised if Seo needed to take a few weeks off for mental leave at this point. After flaming out of the major leagues, Seo has had an injury-plagued KBO career. He seems to need weeks off in between each start. He finally throws a quality start and then has to watch the bullpen throw batting practice for three innings. Everything that went KIA's way last year is coming back to get them in a big, big way this year.