LG 7, KIA 6
W - Radhames Liz (5-6), L - Travis Blackley (4-4), S - Lim Chan-gyu (5)
LG HR - Park Kyeong-su (3)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (5)
These two teams traded runs in the first inning before LG exploded for five runs in the second inning. LG center fielder Lee Taek-geun hit a three-run double for most of the damage. Shortstop Park Kyeong-su and right fielder Lee Byeong-gyu both picked up RBI singles during the rally.
The two teams traded runs again in the fifth inning to make this one a 7-2 ball game.
KIA loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning and first baseman Choi Hee-seop unloaded them with a grand slam to cut the lead to 7-6, but LG reliever Lim Chan-gyu struck out Kim Sang-hyeon to end the game.
Choi finished the game 3-5 with a double, a homer, five RBIs and one run scored.
LG starter Radhames Liz threw 5 1/3 innings(97 pitches, 58 strikes) of two-run baseball. Liz gave up seven hits and four walks while striking out two.
Samsung 2, Nexen 1
W - Cha Woo-chan (5-2), L - Kim Yeong-min (1-2), S - Oh Seung-hwan (16)
Samsung HR - None
Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge (7)
Samsung starter Cha Woo-chan was too much for the Nexen Heroes and the Samsung offense provided just enough offense to earn the W.
Cha threw 7 2/3 innings(120 pitches, 82 strikes) of one-run baseball. His only mistake was giving up a solo homer to Nexen left fielder Corey Aldridge. Cha gave up five hits and one walk while striking out 11.
Samsung DH Ryan Garko hit a RBI double in the fourth inning and short stop Kim Sang-su scored on a passed ball to give Samsung all the offense it would need or get.
Hanhwa starter Kim Yeong-min didn't deserve to be stuck with a loss. Kim threw 6 2/3 innings(116 pitches, 69 strikes) of two-run(one earned) baseball. Kim gave up five hits, four walks and a hit batsman while striking out four.
Lotte 7, Hanhwa 6
W - Jang Won-joon (7-2), L - Ryu Hyeon-jin (5-6), S - Kim Sa-yul (2)
Lotte HR - Lee Dae-ho (16)
Hanhwa HR - Jeon Hyeon-tae (1)
Lotte jumped all over Hanhwa ace Ryu Hyeon-jin in the first inning and never looked back. Well, they looked back a little. Hanhwa staged a late rally to make the score look respectable in the newspapers, but it was too little, too late for the Eagles.
Ryu gave up four runs in the first inning. Most of the damage came on a three-run bomb from Lotte first baseman Lee Dae-ho. Lee would finish 3-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.
Lotte picked up a few one-run innings and pushed their lead to 7-2 by the eighth inning. Hanhwa picked up a run in the eight inning on a RBI single from DH Jang Won-seok. Hanhwa rallied for three more runs in the top of the ninth. Most of the damage came on a two-run homer from backup infielder Jeon Hyeon-tae.
Ryu Hyeon-jin was removed after being unable to record an out in the third inning. Ryu only threw 48 pitches with 32 going for strikes. Ryu was battered for five runs(four earned) on five hits and one walk. He only recorded one strike out.
Lotte ace Jang Won-joon threw seven innings(98 pitches, 64 strikes) of two-run baseball. Jang gave up six hits and one walk while striking out five. He recorded eleven outs via the ground ball.
Karim Garcia started in right for the Hanhwa Eagles. He finished the game 1-4 with a single and a strike out.
Doosan 8, SK 5
W - Kim Sun-woo (5-4), L - Joe Magrane (2-4), S - Lee Hyeon-seung (1)
Doosan HR - Yang Eui-ji (1), Kim Dong-ju (8)
SK HR - None
Doosan jumped all over SK starter Joe Magrane early and never looked back.
SK jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Doosan catcher Yang Eui-ji tagged Magrane for a grand slam in the second inning to tie the game. Yang would finished 3-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Doosan slugger Kim Dong-ju blasted a solo homer in the third inning to give Doosan their first lead of the game. Doosan added two more runs in the fourth inning when center fielder Lee Jong-wook hit a two-run triple to push the lead to 7-4.
SK second baseman Jeong Geun-woo lead the Wyverns offense by going 2-5 with two RBIs.
Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo settled down after a rough early few innings and managed to throw five innings(102 pitches, 69 strikes. Kim gave up four runs on twelve hits and struck out three.