KIA 2, Doosan 0
W - Yoon Seok-min (3-1), L - Dustin Nippert (4-1), S - Son Yeong-min (1)
KIA HR - None Doosan HR - None
KIA starter Yoon Seok-min was excellent. Yoon threw seven innings(117 pitches, 71 strikes) of shutout baseball before getting pulled due to his high pitch count. Yoon gave up only two hits and four walks while striking out six.
Doosan starter Dustin Nippert was stuck with the loss, but this one should have gone to the Doosan offense. It's hard to win when you don't score. Nippert threw six innings(123 pitches, 74 strikes) of one-run ball. Nippert gave up four hits, four walks and a hit batsman while striking out seven.
KIA scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single from third baseman Lee Beom-ho and picked up an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double from right fielder Kim Won-seop.
Samsung 2, SK 1
W - Jang Won-sam (2-1), L - Lee Seung-ho (3-1), S - Oh Seung-hwan (11)
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (7) SK HR - None
Samsung starter Jang Won-sam pitched in an out of trouble all afternoon. The SK offense never really made Jang pay for it. SK managed only one run against Jang during his five innings(109 pitches, 60 strikes). Jang gave up seven hits and five walks while striking out seven.
Samsung tied the game at one in the second inning on an RBI double from catcher Jin Kab-yong. Samsung broke the tie in the fifth inning when left fielder Choi Hyeong-woo hit a solo homer.
SK pitcher Lee Seung-ho was the tough luck loser. Lee threw five innings(104 pitches, 65 strikes) of two-run(one earned) baseball. Lee gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three.
Lotte 4, Nexen 3
W - Bryan Corey (2-2), L - Song Seung-rak (0-1)
Lotte HR - Son Ah-seop (3) Nexen HR - None
Lotte held a slim 3-2 lead in the eighth inning when the Heroes tied the game on an RBI single from center fielder Yoo Han-joon. Yoo finished the game 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.
This game appeared to be headed for extras, but Lotte second baseman Cho Seong-hwan lead off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double. Backup outfielder Kim Moon-ho drew a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. Lotte shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon laid down a sac bunt to move both runners along. Lotte center fielder was intentionally walked to load the bases for shortstop Hwang Jae-gyun. Hwang put a base hit into left to walk off the Heroes and win the game.
Lost in this game was a solid effort from Lotte starter Goh Won-joon. Goh threw seven innings(107 pitches, 74 strikes) of two-run baseball. Goh gave up six hits and one walk while striking out five.
LG 9, Hanhwa 5
W - Lim Chang-gyu (2-0), L - Song Chang-sik (1-2)
LG HR - Cho In-seong (8), Park Kyeong-su (2) Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng 3(9)
Not a misprint. Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng blasted three homers and drove in all five Hanhwa runs. Choi has evolved into the KBO equivalent of Adam Dunn. He doesn't hit for much average(.241 for his career), but he has a ton of power(.230 ISO, ISO is SLG - BA, it's basically an average for extra bases. Anything over .200 is very, very good), draws a few walks(.367 OBP) and strikes out a ton. When he's locked in, baseballs go a long, long way.
LG slugger Cho In-seong hit a two-run bomb of his own and added an RBI single in the seventh inning. Cho finished 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs.
LG second baseman Park Kyung-su somehow hit a grand slam in the seventh inning that put the game out of reach. Park finished 2-4.