Doosan 10, KIA 9
W - Lim Tae-hoon (1-0), L - Seo Jae-wong (1-0)
Doosan HR - Son Si-hyeon (1) KIA HR - None
This game was a see-saw affair that found the game knotted at nine heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
KIA brought in former major leaguer, Seo Jae-wong, to put out a fire in the seventh inning. He failed, but kept the game tied. Seo threw a scoreless eighth inning, but he was left in for the ninth.
With one out, Seo walked Doosan catcher Yang Eui-ji and gave up a single to shortstop Son Si-hyeon. Then, Seo hit Doosan second baseman Kim Jae-ho in the leg to load the bases. After getting center fielder Jeong Su-bin out, Seo gave up a single to Kim Hyeon-su to plate the winning run.
Yang Eu-ji went 3-3 with two walks, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. While Son Si-hyeon finished 2-3 with two walks, a homer, three RBIs and one run scored.
KIA center fielder Lee Yong-gyu had a solid day in a losing effort. Lee went 3-5 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Nexen 12, Lotte 6
W - Geum Min-cheol (1-0), L - Kim Su-wan (0-1)
Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge (1) Lotte HR - Cho Seong-hwan (1)
The Lotte bullpen that was so combustable last year reared its ugly head again on Saturday.
Lotte starter Lee Jae-gon was chased from the game after the second inning. He was tagged for three runs on five hits and one hit batsman. The Lotte bullpen was asked to throw six innings. That's a tall order even against a bottom-feeder like Nexen.
Kim Su-wan was stuck with the loss, but it should have gone to Mr. Reliable, Kang Yeong-sik. Kang managed to record one out, only throw twelve pitches and get tagged for three runs.
Nexen left fielder Corey Aldridge had the first of many big days to come. Corey went 3-5 with a double, his first KBO homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. Shortstop Kang Jeong-ho went 3-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
SK 5, Samsung 4
W - Song Eun-beom (2-0), L - Ken Kadokura (0-2)
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (2), Jeong Sang-ho (2), Jeong Geun-woo (2) Samsung HR - None
Samsung starter Ken Kadokura's first start against his former team didn't go very well. Kadokura was knocked around for four runs on eight hits and two walks during his 5 2/3 innings(89 pitches, 55 strikes) of work. Ken did manage to strike out four.
SK rallied for two runs in the first inning when SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho laced a double down the right field line to score a pair. The Wyverns would tack on three solo homers to add to their lead.
Samsung scored three runs inthe top of the ninth to make the score look closer than this game really was. Most of the damage came on a two-RBI single from third baseman Park Seok-min.
LG 11, Hanhwa 2
W - Park Hyeon-joon (2-0), L - Yang Hoon (0-1)
LG HR - Lee Byeong-gyu 2(2), Park Yong-taek (2), Cho In-seong (2) Hanhwa HR - None
LG pounded Hanhwa starter Yang Hoon as soon as he started the game. After chasing Yang from the game after recording only four outs and giving up five earned runs, LG pounded whichever guy Hanhwa happened to pluck out of the bullpen. This game got ugly in a hurry for Hanhwa fans.
LG left fiedler Lee Byeong-gyu lead the Twins' offense by going 2-5 with a walk, two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. DH Park Yong-taek went 4-6 with a double, a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored.
LG starting pitcher Park Hyeon-joon's effort was the exact opposite of Yang Hoon's. Park threw 6 2/3 shutout innings(111 pitches, 62 strikes). Park gave up only five hits and one walk while striking out four.