LG 14, KIA 8
W - Choi Seong-min (1-0), L - Cha Jeong-min (0-1)
LG HR - Seo Dong-wook (5), Lee Byeong-gyu (11), Park Yong-taek (10), Jeong Seong-hoon (4), Park Byeong-ho (1)
KIA HR - Lee Beom-ho (12), Kim Ju-hyeong (5), Cha Il-mok (3)
This game was all about the LG Twins hitting the rubber out of the ball. The only pitcher for either side that didn't give up a run was LG reliever Lee Sang-yeol. Lee only pitched 1/3 of an inning.
LG first baseman Seo Dong-wook and left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu hit back to back homers in the first inning and this game got out of control in a hurry for the KIA pitching staff. Seo went 4-5 with a walk, two RBIs and four runs scored. Lee went 2-3 with a walk, one RBI and three runs scored.
LG DH Park Yong-taek continues to impress. Park went 3-6 with two doubles, a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored.
LG backup first baseman Park Byeong-ho capped the scoring by blasting a three-run bomb in the ninth inning. I guess Park wanted to make sure that the Tigers knew they were beaten.
KIA DH Lee Yong-gyu and second baseman Kim Ju-hyeong drove in two runs apiece in a losing cause for the Kitties.
Samsung 6, Nexen 3
W - Ken Kadokura (5-3), L - Moon Seong-hyeon (1-5), S - Oh Seung-hwan (17)
Samsung HR - Park Han-yi (2)
Nexen HR - None
Samsung was up 6-0 after picking up three runs in the third AND fourth innings. Left fielder Choi Hyeong-woo hit a two-run double in the third and first baseman Cho Yeong-hoon capped the rally with a RBI single.
In the fourth inning, right fielder Park Han-yi blasted a three-run homer to push the lead to 6-0.
Nexen rallied for three runs in the seventh. Pinch hitter Lee Sung-yong broke the ice with an RBI double and Nexen picked up two more runs on an error by backup third baseman Son Ju-in. Samsung's regular third baseman Park Seok-min was forced from the game after the fifth inning. He picked up a shoulder injury when sliding into home in the third and tried to gut it out, but was taken out after the fifth.
Samsung starter Ken Kadokura threw seven innings(88 pitches, 56 strikes) of three-run baseball(one earned). Ken gave up five hits and two walks while striking
Hanhwa 9, Lotte 3
W - Kim Hyeok-min (4-3), L - Lee Jae-gon (1-4)
Hanhwa HR - Kang Dong-woo (7), Han Sang-hoon (2), Choi Jin-haeng (12)
Lotte HR - None
There's an old baseball rule. It says if you hit a bunch of homers and you'll probably win. It's not exactly rocket surgery, but it tends to ring true. Especially in the KBO.
Hanhwa center fielder Kang Dong-woo lead off the game with a homer and things went downhill from there for Lotte.
Hanhwa scored on an error by Lotte third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun in the second inning to go up 2-0. Later in the very same inning Hanhwa second baseman Han Seong-hoon blasted a three-run bomb to put Hanhwa up 5-0.
Han finished the game 3-5 with four RBIs and a run scored. DH Choi Jin-haeng went 3-4 with a walk, a homer, two runs scored and one RBI.
Hanhwa starter Kim Hyeok-min used the early lead to his advantage. Kim stuck around for 6 2/3 innings(102 pitches, 65 strikes) and gave up two runs. Kim allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out four.
Karim Garcia started in right for Hanhwa, but went 0-5 with a strikeout.
SK 7, Doosan 1
W - Goh Hyo-joon (2-4), L - Seo Dong-hwan (1-2)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (7)
Doosan HR - None
SK starter Goh Hyo-joon threw five innings(93 pitches, 51 strikes) of one-run ball(none earned). Goh gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three. Goh wasn't the story for SK on the mound. Reliever Jeong Woo-ram tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jeong gave up only one hit and struck out one. Five of the outs he recorded came via the ground ball.
SK absolutely battered Doosan starter Seo Dong-hoon and reliever Lee Hyeon-seung. SK third baseman Choi Jeong went 2-4 with a homer, three RBIs and a run scored. Second baseman Jeong Geun-woo went 3-5 with a run scored.