LG 9, Samsung 5
W - Lim Chan-gyu (1-0), L - Jang Won-sam (1-1)
LG HR - Park Yong-taek (7), Cho In-seong (6) Samsung HR - None
Samsung was actually up 3-0 in the top of the second, but LG stormed back into this game with a six-run rally in the second inning.
The six-run rally started with back-to-back solo homers by DH Park Yong-taek and catcher Cho In-seong. Center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong added a two-run single and third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon added an RBI single.
Park finished the game 3-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Cho went 3-3 with two walks, one run scored and two RBIs.
Samsung made it a close game for a while, but LG just did too much damage in the early innings to overcome. First baseman Cho Yeong-hoon lead the Lions' offense by going 2-4 with two RBIs.
Hanhwa 9, Nexen 8
W - Oneli Perez (2-1), L - Lee Bo-geun (1-1)
Hanhwa HR - None Nexen HR - Kang Jeong-ho (1), Oh Yoon (1), Corey Aldridge (4)
Hanhwa actually lead this game 7-2 after six innings of play and tried really, really hard to completely blow a winnable game.
After allowing a three-run rally in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 7-5, Nexen backup outfielder Oh Yoon hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the game at seven.
In the bottom of the eight, Hanhwa first baseman Jeong Won-seok doubled to lead off the inning. Jeong would score when the Nexen defense turned a sac bunt into a circus. Nexen reliever Lee Bo-geun tried to get Jeong at first, but threw the ball into left field to give Hanhwa a 9-7 lead.
Nexen tied the game again in the top of the ninth when Nexen left fielder Corey Aldridge hit a solo homer.
Hanhwa answered back in the bottom of the ninth. Nexen choose to keep Lee in the game for the ninth inning because he looked unbelievably confident sitting on the bench. If by "confidence", I meant "possibly wetting himself at the thought of going back on the mound", the previous statement would be completely accurate.
Hanhwa loaded the bases with one out. Backup infielder Jeon Tae-hyeon pounded a base hit off the left field wall to score the winning run and walk off the Heroes.
SK 2, KIA 1
W - Lee Seung-ho (3-1), L - Travis Blackley (1-3), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (7)
SK HR - None KIA HR - None
SK broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning. SK center fielder Cho Dong-hwa reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by KIA shortstop Kim Seon-bin. Cho advanced on a sac bun from third baseman Choi Jeong and scored when first baseman Lee Ho-joon grounded into a fielder's choice. Cho was able to slide under the tag on the throw home.
SK added another run in the fifth inning when catcher Jeong Sang-ho doubled and scored on a single from second baseman Jeong Geun-woo.
KIA broke through in the seventh inning with an RBI single from shortstop Kim Seon-bin to cut the lead in half, but the SK bullpen quickly slammed the door on any thoughts of a comeback.
KIA starter Travis Blackley was the tough luck loser. Travis threw 6 2/3 innings(124 pitches, 74 strikes) of two-run baseball(one earned). Travis allowed three hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Lotte 10, Doosan 6
W - Jang Won-joon (4-1), L - Kim Seong-bae (1-2), S - Bryan Corey (1)
Lotte HR - kang Min-ho (3) Doosan HR - None
Lotte actually lead 8-0 at one point after four-run rallies in the first and fourth innings. First baseman Lee Dae-ho and shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon both drove in two runs for the Lotte offense. Second baseman Cho Seong-hwan went 4-4 with a walk, a double, one RBI and two runs scored.
Some really poor fielding let Doosan make this game a lot closer than it should have been. There was one play that saw not one, but two misplayed throws that lead to two unearned runs. Lotte starter Jang Won-joon was lifted after the fifth inning. He allowed six runs, but only two were earned.
The plan has changed for pitcher Bryan Corey since he was removed from the rotation. The plan appears to be to run Corey into the freakin' ground. Corey has throw four of the past five days including last night' four innings of scoreless relief. Corey allowed only two hits and struck out one while recording a four inning save.