Hanhwa 5, Samsung 2
W - Ahn Seung-min (2-2), L - Bae Yeong-su (4-2)
Hanhwa HR - None Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (9)
The Hanhwa offense tagged Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su early and often while starter Ahn Seung-min kept putting zeroes on the scoreboard.
Hanhwa center fielder Kang Dong-woo lead the charge for the Eagles' offense. Kang tripled to lead off the game and doubled in the second inning. Kang finished 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a RBI.
Hanhwa starter Ahn Seung-min threw 6 2/3 innings(82 pitches, 53 strikes) and only gave up runs when Samsung slugger Choi Hyeong-woo hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Ahn gave up four hits and one walk while striking out three.
Lotte 5, KIA 4 (10)
W - Kim Sa-yul (3-1), L - Park Kyeong-tae (0-2)
Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (8) KIA HR - Lee Beom-ho (7), Kim Sang-hyeon (4), Kim Ju-hyeong (3)
If you want to see how crazy this game was, check out the win probability graph.
Lotte held a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning when KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho, left fielder Kim Sang-hyeon and first baseman Kim Ju-hyeong hit back-to-back-to-back solo homers off of Lotte reliever Bryan Corey to give KIA a 3-2 lead.
Lotte struck back in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer from DH Lee Dae-ho to tie the game at three.
KIA broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the tenth with an RBI groundout by first baseman Km Ju-hyeong after a wild pitch allowed pinch runner Yoon Jeong-woo to advance to scoring position.
In the bottom of the tenth Lotte started the inning with a double by first baseman Park Jong-yoon that bounced off the glove of KIA center fielder Shin Jong-gil. Lotte right fielder Son Ah-seop struck out swinging and Lee Dae-ho was intentionally walked. Left fielder Lee In-guh hit a bouncer to short. KIA took the force out at second for the second out of the inning. Kang Min-ho hit another bouncer to short, but KIA shortstop Kim Seon-bin couldn't find the handle and everyone was safe including the tying run. Lotte second baseman Cho Seong-hwan hit another bouncer to short. This time the ball bounced over Kim's glove and into left field to score the game winning run.
Lost in this game were a pair of brilliant performances from the starting pitchers.
KIA starter Aquilino Lopez threw nine innings(117 pitches, 77 strikes) and gave up three runs. Lopez allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out four.
Lotte starter Goh Won-joon threw seven shutout innings(104 pitches, 69 strikes). Goh surrendered nine hits and struck out two before being lifted due to his high pitch count.
SK 5, Doosan 0
W - Lee Seung-ho (4-1), L - Dustin Nippert (4-2)
SK HR - None Doosan HR - None
SK pitcher Lee Seung-ho got the start and threw the ball well enough. Lee threw five innings(98 pitches, 60 strikes) of shutout baseball. Lee gave up only three hits and three walks while striking out five.
SK relievers Jeon Byeong-du and Jeong Woo-ram combined to throw the final four innings and kept the Bears off the scoreboard.
Doosan starter Dustin Nippert was awful. Nippert was chased in the second inning and he was charged with all five Wyverns runs. Nippert gave up four hits and two walks.
SK second baseman Jeong Geun-woo tagged Nippert for a two-run double in the second inning. Jeong finished the game 2-5 with two runs scored.
LG 8, Nexen 0
W - Ben Jukich (4-1), L - Brandon Knight (1-5)
LG HR - None Nexen - None
LG starter Ben Jukich enjoyed his best effort of the season on Sunday. Jukich tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout(96 pitches, 60 strikes). Jukich allowed only three walks and struck out nine. Jukich recorded 12 outs via the ground ball to only four fly outs. The LG middle infield was busy all day.
The LG offense gave Jukich plenty of support. Most of the eight runs came during a five-run rally in the sixth inning. LG right fielder Lee Byeong-gyu lead the way by going 2-4 with a double and three RBIs.