Samsung 5, LG 1
W - Cha Woo-chan (1-0), L - Park Hyeon-joon (2-1)
Samsung HR - None LG HR - Yoon Sang-gyun (2)
Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan looked every bit the ace he was for most of last season. Cha threw eight innings(125 pitches, 79 strikes) of one-run baseball. Cha gave up eight hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out eight. Only LG shortstop Yoon Sang-gyun was able to get anything off of Cha when he tagged him for a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Samsung got off to a good start by rallying for three runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Samsung DH Ryan Garko put a base hit into left field to drive in a pair. Third baseman Cho Dong-chan drove in another run with a single to push the lead to 3-0.
Samsung added a couple runs late on a wild pitch. Cho and Samsung second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol were both able to score on the same wild pitch.
SK 5, Hanhwa 1
W - Song Eun-beom (3-0), L - Ryu Hyeon-jin (0-3), S - Jeon Byeong-doo (3)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (1) Hanhwa HR - Lee Dae-su (4)
SK starter Song Eun-beom kept the Hanhwa offense off-balance for six innings and SK reliever Jeon Byeong-doo recorded a three inning save.
Song threw six innings(110 pitches, 69 strikes) of one-run baseball. Song allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Hanhwa shortstop Lee Dae-su tagged Song for a solo homer in the fifth inning.
Jeon gave up nothing during his three innings of relief work and struck out three.
SK third baseman Choi Jeong hit a three-run bomb in the fourth inning to give SK a 3-0 lead. Choi and first baseman Choi Dong-su would add RBI singles in the fifth inning to give SK a 5-1 lead. Choi Jeong finished 2-4 with four RBIs, one run scored and a stolen base.
KIA 6, Nexen 3
W - Son Yeong-min (1-0), L - Brandon Knight (1-2), S - Seo Jae-wong (1)
KIA HR - None Nexen HR - None
Brandon Knight was stuck for his second loss after he started to tire in the sixth inning and Tigers took advantage. Knight was left in to throw only 119 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. No wonder he ran out of gas.
The game was tied at two with two outs in the six inning when Knight was pulled. KIA DH Kim Ju-hyeong hit a double down the left field line to drive in two runs and give KIA a 4-2 lead. KIA pushed the lead to 5-2 when catcher Kim Sang-hoon singled to drive in Kim and added their sixth run when Nexen center fielder Goh Jong-wook embarrassed himself and his family by allowing a fly ball bounce off of his glove and Kim was able to score from first.
KIA reliever Seo Jae-wong recorded the final seven outs to earn the save. It appears he emerged from the outing healthy, but you can never be too sure with Seo. It wouldn't surprise me if he hurt his shoulder while combing his hair.
Doosan 7, Lotte 6
W - Jeong Jae-hoon (1-0), L - Lim Kyeong-wan (0-1), S - Lim Tae-hoon (3)
Doosan HR - Kim Jae-hwan (1) Lotte HR - None
Well. At least the Giants didn't get walked off or blown out.
The game was tied at six in the top of the seventh. Doosan center fielder Lee Jong-wook took a pitch to the hip and stole second base with two outs in the inning. Right fielder Jeong Su-bin poked a seeing-eye single into center to score Lee and give Doosan a 7-6 lead.
This mini-rally came after Doosan tied the game in the sixth with a spectacular four-run rally that took the wind out of the sails of the Lotte Giants. It was an assembly line rally that kept moving until the score was tied.
Doosan closer Lim Tae-hoon recorded the final four outs in order for the save.
Lotte first baseman Park Jong-yoon lead the Giants' offense by going 2-3 with a walk, a double, three RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base.
Bears right fielder Jeong Su-bin, first baseman Choi Joon-seok and DH Kim Jae-hwan drove in two runs apiece.