I'm fairly certain that Lotte has clinched the final playoff spot. Lotte is up seven games on KIA. The Giants have five games left on the schedule and the KIA Tigers have six. I'm not mathemagician, but I don't think the Tigers can catch them. Congrats to Jerry Royster on his third consecutive trip to the post season.
Doosan 5, Lotte 0
W - Hong Sang-sam (4-3), L - Lee Yong-hoon (0-2)
Doosan HR - None Lotte HR - None
Doosan Human Victory Cigar Hong Sang-sam threw six innings(76 pitches, 50 strikes) of shutout baseball against the Lotte A team. Hong gave up only three hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out five. Lotte warm body Lee Yong-hoon was given the start and he wasn't terrible. Lee threw six innings(77 pitches, 55 strikes) of three-run baseball. Lee gave up nine hits and struck out one. Not bad for a 33-year old journeyman making his second start of the season. Doosan outfielder Lim Jae-cheol went 2-4 with three RBIs. One of the few positives for Lotte here was that lead off hitter Kim Ju-chan picked up a pair of stolen bases. He's now six steals ahead of LG's Lee Dae-hyeong for the stolen base crown.
SK 5, KIA 2
W - Jeong Dae-hyeon (2-1), L - Aquilino Lopez (4-10), S - Song Eun-beom (6)
SK HR - None KIA HR - Kim Sang-hyeon (21)
SK's pitching was simply too much for KIA to handle and the SK offense wore down Lopez. SK starter Ken Kadokura was stuck with an ND, but pitched well enough to earn a W. Kadokura threw 5 1/3 innings(115 pitches, 73 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kadokura gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Only KIA third baseman Kim Sang-hyeon had any success against him. Kim went 1-1 with a two-run homer and three walks. After Kadokura left the game, the SK bullpen locked the game down. The score was tied at two in the bottom of the sixth inning. SK left fielder Park Jae-sang lead off the inning with a double to right/center. First baseman/outfielder Park Jeong-kwon singled to right to put runners on the corners with no outs. Outfielder Cho Dong-hwa hit a grounder to second. Park Jeong-kwon was forced at second base, but Park Jae-sang was able to score the go ahead run. SK added some insurance in the late innings and reliever Song Eun-beom recorded the final five outs for the save. SK DH Kim Jae-hyeon finished the game 2-4 with a double, a walk and three RBIs.
LG 6, Samsung 4
W - Choi Seong-min (2-1), L - Yoon Seong-hwan (3-5), S - Kim Kwang-su (5)
LG HR - Lee Taek-geun (12) Samsung HR - None
An LG Zombie starting pitcher not named "Bong" actually delivered a quality start? Wonders never cease. Choi Seong-min tossed six innings(91 pitches, 52 strikes) of one-run baseball. Choi allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out three. LG DH Park Yong-taek went 2-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. LG first baseman Lee Taek-geun chipped in with a 3-5 effort with a homer, one RBI and two stolen bases. The Zombies were able to run with impunity against the Lions. The Lions have struggled with throwing runners out all year and this could be a major issue in the playoffs against any of the other three teams.