Hanhwa 3, SK 2
W - Oneli Perez (3-1), L - Jeong Dae-hyeon (0-1)
Hanhwa HR - None SK HR - Jeong Sang-ho (3)
SK held a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth when infielder Oh Seon-jin doubled to lead off the inning. Oh was bunted over to third by center fielder Kang Dong-woo. Second baseman Han Sang-hoon doubled to left to drive in Oh and tie the game at two.
Hanhwa put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. SK reliever Lee Seung-ho was brought in to face Kang Dong-woo. Kang singled to left to plate the winning run and earn a savage beating from his teammates.
Lost in this game was a solid effort from SK starter Gary Glover. Glover threw six innings(89 pitches, 51 strikes) of one-run baseball. Glover gave up four hits and three walks while striking out five.
KIA 4, Nexen 3
W - Son Yeong-min (3-1), L - Ma Jeong-gil (1-2), S - Yoo Dong-hoon (3)
KIA HR - None Nexen HR - None
KIA rallied for three runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI single from left fielder Kim Won-seop and a two-run single from second baseman Ahn Chi-hong.
Nexen answered right back in the bottom of the third with a three run rally of their own. Left fielder Corey Aldridge hit a two-run single and catcher Kang Gui-tae drove him in with a single.
The real fireworks occurred in the second inning when KIA starter Travis Blackley was called for a questionable balk. Travis threw his glove and exchanged words with the umpire before they were separated by KIA's coaching staff. Unbelievably, Travis stayed in the game. He'll probably get a phone call from the league office, but he was really lucky that he wasn't tossed for his antics.
KIA broke the 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with an RBI sac fly from catcher Kim Sang-hoon.
Travis Blackley was pulled in the fourth inning and the KIA bullpen locked the game down. Four different relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings.
Lotte 4, Samsung 3
W - Ryan Sadowski (2-2), L - Ken Kadokura (2-3), S - Lee Jae-gon (1)
Lotte HR - Lee In-guh (1) Samsung HR - None
Samsung actually held a 3-1 lead in this game...until the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Lee In-guh singled to right. Right fielder Son Ah-seop hit a bouncer to short that Samsung shortstop Kim Sang-su couldn't handle. Lee Dae-ho hit a seeing-eye single up the middle that scored Lee from second. DH Heong Seong-heun hit a mammoth fly ball to the warning track for the second out of the inning. The runners were unable to advance. Lotte catcher Kang Min-ho hit a fly ball to right/center that the Samsung outfield watched bounce off the wall and roll back towards the infield. Both runners were able to score and Kang raced all the way to third with a standup triple.
The Lotte bullpen was surprisingly effective. Kang Yeong-sik threw a scoreless eighth inning and failed starter Lee Jae-gon threw a scoreless ninth for the save.
Lotte starter Ryan Sadowski threw 6 2/3 innings(109 pitches, 66 strikes) of three-run baseball(only one earned). Sadowski gave up six hits and two walks while striking out one. Ryan was able to get twelve ground ball outs.
Doosan 5, LG 3
W - Kim Sang-hyeon (1-0), L - Lee Sang-yeol (0-2), S - Jeong Jae-hoon (2)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol (2) LG HR - Lee Taek-geun (1)
LG held a 3-1 lead until the seventh inning. Doosan rallied for three runs thanks to a two-run double from Doosan second baseman Oh Jae-won and an RBI single from DH Choi Joon-seok.
Doosan picked up a late insurance run to give the bullpen a little breathing room thanks to an RBI single from left fielder Kim Hyeon-su in the ninth inning.
I really can't believe that LG didn't have more success against Doosan starter Hong Sang-sam. Hong gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings of work.
LG starter Park Hyeon-joon was unable to get his eighth win. but actually threw the ball pretty well against Doosan. Park threw six innings(92 pitches, 56 strikes) of two-run baseball. Park gave up six hits and three walks while striking out seven.