Nexen 8, Doosan 1
W - Kim Seong-hyeon (7-7), L - Les Walrond (7-7)
Nexen HR - Kim Min-woo (9) Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok (20)
Nexen's formula was simple. Starter Kim Sang-hyeon threw a quality start, five relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings and the Nexen offense hung one on the Doosan pitching staff. Kim tossed five innings(92 pitches, 58 strikes) of one-run ball. Kim gave up three hits and two walks while striking out four. Center fielder Kim Min-woo had a great night from the lead off spot. Kim went 3-5 with a homer, a stolen base, three RBIs and three runs scored. Right fielder Song Ji-man and first baseman Jang Yeong-seok drove in two runs apiece.
Lotte 4, Samsung 3
W - Song Seung-joon (13-6), L - Tim Redding (0-2), S - Kim Il-yeop (1)
Lotte HR - Jeon Joon-woo (18) Samsung HR - None
Samsung did their best to make a game of this one, but the focused Giants were just too much for Tim Redding and the rest of the Samsung lineup. Lotte starter Song Seung-joon has put this Lotte team on his back during the last few weeks. Song tossed seven innings(94 pitches, 61 strikes) of two-run ball. Song gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six. Samsung picked up a couple late runs when Song tired, but I never had the sense that Samsung would be able to come all the way back. A few interesting moments in this one for the Giants. Karim Garcia was tossed for arguing with the umpire. He appeared to be arguing because the umpire ordered him to get back into the batters' box after he stepped out. The ump appeared to be looking to run him. Karim was tossed a few seconds into the discussion. Also, Tim Redding hit Cho Seong-hwan in the helmet. The pitch deflected off the brim of the helmet and Cho didn't need to come out, but I'm sure it was a scary moment for a guy that got drilled less than a month ago. Utility guy Kim Ju-chan picked up two stolen bases while going 2-5 with a double and two runs scored. Kim looks like he's going to win the 2010 stolen base title. He's got 55 steals while second place LG outfielder Lee Dae-hyeong only has 50.
KIA 9, Hanhwa 3
W - Seo Jae-wong (8-7), L - Ahn Seung-min (2-4)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (21), Kim Da-won (1) Hanhwa HR - None
It looks like the 2009 KBO Champs don't want their season to end any earlier than it should. KIA absolutely spanked the Hanhwa Eagles thanks to a solid effort from starter Seo Jae-wong and big nights from first baseman Choi Hee-seop and lead off hitter Lee Yong-gyu. Seo tossed six innings(79 pitches, 46 strikes) of three-run baseball. Seo gave up six hits and hit two batters. Oddly enough, he didn't strike out or walk anyone. Big Choi went 3-4 with a walk, a homer, two RBIs and a run scored. Lee went 3-5 with a double, a triple and three runs scored.