The suspended Doosan/Samsung game was made up prior to Sunday's game. Doosan won, 3-2.
Lotte 4, LG 1
W - Song Seung-joon (1-1), L - Shim Su-chang (0-2), S - Goh Won-joon (1)
Lotte HR - None LG HR - None
Lotte rode a solid pitching effort and a timely offense to victory on Sunday.
Starter Song Seung-joon threw 5 2/3 innings(95 pitches, 64 strikes) of one-run baseball. Song gave up five hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out five. Lotte closer Goh Won-joon was asked to throw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the save. Goh gave up only one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Lotte rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead and chase LG starter Shim Su-chang from the game. Second baseman Cho Seong-hwan lead the Lotte offense by going 1-3 with a walk, a HBP, one RBI and two runs scored.
Nexen 5, SK 4
W - Lee Bo-geun (1-0), L - Jeon Byeong-doo (2-1), S - Song Shin-yeong (2)
Nexen HR - Song Ji-man (1) SK HR - None
SK starter Jim Magrane was cruising to an easy W, until closer Jeon Byeong-doo fell apart in the eighth inning.
Magrane threw 6 2/3 innings(82 pitches, 44 strikes) of one-run baseball. Magrane gave up only one hit and two walks while striking out four. The only Nexen hitter to get anywhere near him was right fielder Song Ji-man. Song tagged Magrane for a solo homer in the second inning.
In the eighth inning, Jeon gave up a lead off walk to Song Ji-man and a single to DH Oh Yoon to start the inning. Nexen catcher poked a single into right to cut the lead to 4-1. Third baseman Jang Yeong-sik put a base hit in left to cut the lead to 4-3 and put runners on
Samsung 5, Doosan 4
W - Bae Yeong-su (2-0), L - Lee Hyeon-seung (1-1), S - Oh Seung-hwan (4)
Samsung HR - Shin Myeong-cheol (1) Doosan HR - Oh Jae-won (2)
Samsung was able to knock around Doosan starter Lee Hyeon-seung for five runs on eight hits during his four+ innings of work.
Samsung third baseman Park Seok-min drove in a pair of runs while going 1-3. Second baseman Shin Myeon-cheol hit a solo homer in the second inning to help Samsung piece together just enough offense to win.
Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su was surprisingly effective. Bae labored through five innings(81 pitches, 52 strikes) of three-run ball. Bae gave up seven hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out six. I have no idea how Bae was able to fool six batters.
KIA 8, Hanhwa 1
W - Aquilino Lopez (3-0), L - Jang Min-je (0-1)
KIA HR - Ahn Chi-hong (1), Choi Hee-seop (1) Hanhwa HR - None
It was too much Aquilino Lopez and too much offense for the Hanhwa Eagles on Sunday.
Lopez threw seven innings(97 pitches, 70 strikes) and only gave up one run. Lopez allowed just six hits and struck out ten. He looked like the MVP candidate of 2009 yesterday. There's a 60% chance he throws 250 innings this year and KIA runs him into the ground again.
Hanhwa starter Jang Min-je only retired four batters and his replacements didn't do much better.
Right fielder Kim Sang-hyeon lead the KIA offense by going 2-3 with three RBIs and two walks. First baseman Choi Hee-seop went 2-4 with a walk, a homer, one RBI and three runs scored.