Samsung 5, Hanhwa 4
W - Kwon Oh-joon (1-0), L - Ryu Hyeon-jin (3-5), S - Oh Seung-hwan (12)
Samsung HR - Bae Yeong-seop (2), Choi Hyeong-woo (8), Jin Kab-yong (2) Hanhwa HR - Kang Don-woo (5)
Samsung was actually trailing 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning when catcher Jin Kab-yong connected for a two-run homer to give Samsung a 5-4 lead.
With the slim lead, the Samsung bullpen took over. Reliever Kwon Oh-joon threw 1 1/3 innings. He recorded all four outs via the strike out. Closer Oh Seung-hwan struck out two, but gave up a single during a scoreless ninth.
Hanhwa starter Ryu Hyeon-jin was good, but a little unlucky. Ryu tossed eight innings(119 pitches, 75 strikes), but was charged for all five runs(four earned). Ryu gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out six. He was unlucky because by my count he allowed ten fly balls and three of them found the seats.
Lotte 8, KIA 3
W - Song Seung-joon (3-2), L - Seo Jae-wong (0-4)
Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (7) KIA HR - Kim Ju-hyeong (2)
The Lotte offense showed up in a big way in this game. Lotte rallied for eight runs in the fourth inning. We got ourselves a snowman rally! The rally sent eleven batters to the plate and was capped by a grand slam from DH Lee Dae-ho. Lee finished 2-3 with a HBP.
KIA starter Seo Jae-wong was simply left out to get pummeled. He was pulled after giving up the homer and he looked absolutely shell shocked.
Lotte starter Song Seung-joon threw pretty well. Song tossed 6 1/3 innings(111 pitches, 65 strikes) of three run baseball(two earned). Song gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out two.
Doosan 2, SK 0
W - Kim Sun-woo (4-2), L - Jim Magrane (1-1), S - Jeong Jae-hoon (1)
Doosan HR - None SK HR - None
Supposedly Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo added a two-seam fastball to complement his four-seam. He's also throwing his slider a lot more. He's been getting results this year. Kim threw six innings(102 pitches, 69 strikes) of shutout baseball. Kim gave up eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Jim Magrane actually threw the ball pretty well, but he was yanked after only 4 1/3 innings(69 pitches, 45 strikes) of work. Magrane gave up one run on four hits and one walk.
Doosan center fielder Lee Jeong-wook drove in runs in the fifth and seventh innings with sacrifice flies. Lee finished 2-2 with a paid of singles.
Nexen 6, LG 5 (11)
W - Song Seung-rak, L - Lim Chan-gyu (2-1)
Nexen HR - None LG HR - Seo Dong-wook (3)
If I were at this game I would have hung myself. It started late, was played at a snail's pace and went into extra innings. I would have set myself on fire.
At one point Nexen trailed 5-0, but the Nexen offense started to chip away at the LG lead once LG starter Kim Kwang-sam was pulled. Kim threw five innings(86 pitches, 51 strikes) of one-run baseball.
Between the mediocre relief pitching and four(!) errors by the LG defense, Nexen was able to close the gap to 5-4 by the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Nexen put a runner on third with two outs. LG reliever Kim Seon-gyu uncorked a wild pitch to allow the tying run to score.
In the bottom of the eleventh, LG reliever Lim Chan-gyu gave up the dreaded lead off walk to DH Kang Byeong-sik. Kang went to second on a sac bunt by center fielder Yoo Han-joon. Third baseman Kang Jeong-ho flew out to left for the second out. Lim walked Corey Aldridge intentionally and gave up a walk-off double to right fielder Oh Yoon. Oh hit a ball over the head of LG center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong. Lee stretched and stumbled, but his arms needed to be about two feet longer to find the ball hit by Oh.
The LG Twins walked off the field like zombies in Atlanta while Oh's teammates gave him a savage beating.