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KIA 6, Doosan 4
W - Travis Blackley (2-3), L - Fernando Nieve (0-1), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (2)
KIA HR - None Doosan HR - Lee Won-seok (1)
Doosan is starting to regret this Fernando Nieve signing. Nieve looked awful. Nieve threw five innings, but he gave up five runs(four earned) on six hits, seven walks and a hit batsman. Thankfully, no one charged the mound this time.
KIA starter Travis Blackley actually threw the ball pretty well compared to Nieve. Blackley threw 5 2/3 innings(96 pitches, 62 strikes) of three-run ball. Blackley gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Most of the damage done to Blackley came on a two-run homer from third baseman Lee Won-seok in the sixth inning.
Lee was only in the game because slugger Kim Dong-ju was forced from the game with a hand injury in the early innings. It sounds like he has a bruise and he's day-to-day.
KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho only went 1-2, but he walked three times. He also drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the first inning and delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning.
SK 6, Samsung 4(10)
W - Lee Seung-ho (4-2), L - Ahn Ji-man (2-3)
SK HR - None Samsung HR - None
SK starter Song Eun-beom was forced from the game after facing only one batter. It looks like Song is going to be out for a while with an elbow injury.
SK reliever Goh Hyo-joon threw four innings of scoreless relief. Goh gave up two hits and three walks while striking out two.
SK held a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth. The Lions tied the game with a two-run double from left fielder Bae Yeong-seop. Bae finished 3-4 with a walk and run scored.
In the top of the tenth, SK pinch hitter Park Jae-hong reached on an error to start the inning. Hong was lifted for pinch runner Kim Seong-hyeon. Kim stole second and scored on a single from left fielder Park Jae-sang. Park would later score on a base hit from first baseman Park Jeong-kwon to push the lead to 6-4.
Lotte 4, Nexen 0
W - Ryan Sadowski (1-1), L - Moon Seong-hyeon (1-1)
Lotte HR - Son Ah-seop (4), Kang Min-ho (4)
Lotte scored all four runs via the long ball. Right fielder Son Ah-seop hit a three-run bomb in the first inning and Kang Min-ho added a solo shot in the eighth.
Lotte starter Ryan Sadowski is starting to look like the guy from last year. Sadowski threw seven scoreless innings(104 pitches, 62 strikes). Ryan gave up only three hits and three walks while striking out three. 11 of the outs Ryan recording came via the ground ball.
LG 1, Hanhwa 0
W - Bong Jung-geun (1-1), L - Jang Min-je (0-2), S - Kim Kwang- su (6)
LG HR - None Hanhwa HR - None
If Bong Jung-geun can return to form, this LG team is a legit title contender. Doctor Bong looked solid on Thursday night. Bong threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings(87 pitches, 49 strikes). The good doctor gave up only one hit, one walk and two hit batsmen while striking out one.
Hanhwa starter Jang Min-je was the tough luck loser. Jang threw 5 1/3 innings(71 pitches, 42 strikes) of one-run ball. Jang gave up two hits and one walk while striking out one.
LG scored a run on a sac fly by DH Lee Taek-geun in the first inning. It was nothing but zeroes for the next eight innings.