Doosan 8, Nexen 1
W - Kim Sun-woo (2-1), L - Geum Min-cheol (1-2)
Doosan HR - None Nexen - None
Kim Sun-woo has enjoyed a mini-breakout this April. He's been painfully mediocre since coming back from the US in 2008. After Thursday's game he's sporting a 2.52 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 25.2 innings.
Kim threw seven shutout innings(105 pitches, 70 strikes) against the Heroes. He gave up only two hits and one walk while striking out four.
Doosan first baseman Choi Joon-seok lead the Bears' offense by going 2-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. DH Kim Dong-ju went 1-1 with a double, three walks, three RBIs and two runs scored. Bizarre statline.
SK 5, LG 1
W - Lee Seung-ho (2-0), L - Ben Jukich (2-1), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (5)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (2) LG HR - Cho In-seong (4)
The SK offense tagged LG starter Ben Jukich for four runs in three+ innings of work. The Wyverns just kept manufacturing runs until Choi Jeong hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and Jukich was pulled.
SK second baseman Jeong Geun-woo went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
SK starter Lee Seung-ho went 6 1/3 innings(93 pitches, 55 strikes) and only gave up a solo homer to LG catcher Choi In-seong. Lee allowed only the one hit and three walks while striking out five.
Hanhwa 4, Lotte 1
W - Park Jeong-jin (1-0), L - Kim Sa-yul (0-1), S - Oneli Perez (3)
Hanhwa HR - None Lotte HR - None
Welcome to Lastplaceville. Population: Lotte. With this loss, the Giants fell to last place with a 4-10-2 record.
Lotte starter Jang Won-joon was excellent. Jang threw six shutout innings(96 pitches, 62 strikes) before giving way to the Lotte arson squad. Jang allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six.
Jang should be allowed to punch Kim Sa-yul in the face for what he did in the seventh inning. Kim face four batters. He gave up three hits, walked one and threw a wild pitch without recording an out. He was lifted for Lim Kyeong-wan. Lim gave up two more hits, but actually recorded an out before getting yanked. This was a disaster of 해운대 proportions.
Hanhwa starter Yang Hoon was competent. Yang tossed 5 1/3 innings(108 pitches, 70 strkes) of one-run ball. Yang gave up three hits, three walks and one hit batsman while striking out five. The Hanhwa bullpen managed to piece together 3 2/3 scoreless innings and drop the Giants into last place.
Samsung 4, KIA 3
W - Cha Woo-chan (2-0), L - Kim Hee-geol (0-1), S - Oh Seung-hwan (5)
Samsung HR - None KIA HR - Lee Beom-ho (3)
The game was tied at one in the bottom of the third inning when Samsung loaded the bases with two outs. Samsung first baseman Cho Yeong-hoon unloaded them with a double down the right field line to give Samsung a 4-1 lead.
KIA would chip away at the lead, but they could draw even or take the lead. KIA DH Lee Beom-ho went 2-4 with a walk, a solo homer, two RBIs and a run scored.
Samsung relievers Kwon Hyeok, Jeong Hyeon-wook and Oh Seung-hwan showed why Samsung has one of the best bullpens in the league. They turned this game into a six inning affair and closed the door on any thoughts of a KIA come back as they combined to throw three scoreless innings.