LG 4, Samsung 3 (10)
W - Kim Kwang-su (1-0), L - Jeong Hyeon-wook (0-3)
LG HR - Park Yong-taek (3) Samsung HR - None
Samsung was trailing 3-0 in the top of the six inning, but struck for a three-run rally to tie the score. Ryan Garko singled in a run from third for the first score of the inning. Then, third baseman Cho Dong-chan poked a single into left to score another run, but left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu booted the ball for the second time in as many nights and Ryan Garko was able to score from first.
The game remained tied at three until the bottom of the tenth inning. Park Yong-taek hit a Jeong Hyeon-wook pitch over the left field fence for a walk-off homer. Park finished the game 3-5 with three RBIs and a steal.
SK 9,Hanhwa 8
W - Jeong Woo-ram (1-0), L - Yoon Gyu-jin (0-1)
SK HR - None Hanhwa HR - None
Should wins like this against a team like Hanhwa really count for SK? This game was really hard to watch.
Gary Glover had his worst outing of the year so far. The Glove was chased from the game in the four inning and gave up four runs on five hits, one walk and one hit batsman. Yuck.
The SK offense bailed out the SK pitching staff last night. The Wyverns struck for three runs in the seventh and two more in the eight to take a commanding 9-6 lead. Two of the runs in the seventh came thanks to a bases loaded HBP and a bases loaded walk. SK third baseman Choi Jeong singled with runners on second and third to drive in two runs in the eighth.
Hanhwa offered up a late fake rally, but fell short when right fielder Lee Yang-gi struck out with the go-ahead run on first base.
SK DH Park Jae-hong, third baseman Choi Jeong, first baseman Lee Ho-joon and catcher Choi Dong-su drove in two runs apiece for the Wyverns offense.
Nexen 6, KIA 0
W - Song Shin-yeong (1-0), L - Park Seong-ho (0-1)
Nexen HR - None KIA HR - None
I'd like to write that a Nexen starter other than Brandon Knight turned in a stellar effort last night. I can't. Nexen starter Kim Seong-hyeon was yanked in the fifth inning after giving up three hits and six(!) walks. The Nexen bullpen managed to keep the KIA offense off balance for 4 1/3 innings and earn a W for the Heroes.
Nexen shortstop Kang Jeong-ho scored two runs while going 3-5(all singles). Nexen first baseman Jang Yeong-seok went 1-2 with two RBIs, but he was hit by pitches twice. Way to take one for the team, Yeong-seok.
Doosan 10, Lotte 2
W - Dustin Nippert (3-0), L - Lee Jae-gon (0-2)
Doosan HR - None Lotte HR - None
Dustin Nippert could very well be at the start of a "Danny Rios"-like season. Rios was a foreign starter with Doosan in '05 and '06. He had one of the best seasons anyone has ever had in the KBO in '06. He went to Japan in '07 and was promptly suspended for a year for using PEDs. Here's hoping Dustin Nippert isn't using.
Nippert threw seven innings of two-run baseball(only one earned). Nippert allowed three hits, one walk and hit two batters while striking out seven.
Lotte starter Lee Jae-gon didn't fare quite as well. When Lee wasn't walking batters he was allowing them to spray line drives all over the place. Lee was chased in the fourth inning after giving up three runs on six hits and three walks.
Doosan DH Kim Jae-hwan paced the Bears' offense by going 3-5 with a double, four RBIs and one run scored. Second baseman Oh Jae-won went 2-4 with a walk, two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.