KIA 8, LG 1
W - Yoon Seok-min (7-2), L - Ben Jukich (5-3)
KIA HR - Choi Hee-seop (6)
LG HR - None
KIA starter Yoon Seok-min probably wasn't going to be beaten by anyone on Sunday. Yoon threw seven innings(100 pitches, 68 strikes) of one-run baseball. Yoon gave up three hits and one walk while striking out ten. His stuff was simply electric.
The KIA offense tattooed LG starter Ben Jukich. Jukich gave up five runs(four earned) in three+ innings of work. KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho hit a RBI double in the first inning and things went downhill from there. Lee finished the game 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored and a RBI.
LG reliever Han Hee didn't fare much better. Han promptly gave up a three-run homer to KIA slugger Choi Hee-seop. Choi finished 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs.
KIA right fielder Na Ji-wan went 4-4 with one run scored and two RBIs.
Samsung 5, Nexen 3
W - Ahn Ji-man (5-3), L - Son Seung-rak (2-2), S - Oh Seung-hwan (18)
Samsung HR - Choi Hyeong-woo (13)
Nexen HR - None
Samsung starter Bae Yeong-su threw well enough to win, but Samsung needed a late-inning, come-from-behind rally to beat the Nexen Heroes.
Bae tossed seven innings(93 pitches, 68 strikes) of three-run(two earned) baseball. Bae gave up six hits and one walk while striking out three.
Nexen held a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning. Samsung left fielder hit a solo homer to cut the lead to 3-2.
In the top of the ninth, Samsung started another rally. Samsung loaded the bases with one out. Second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol doubled to plate two runs and give the Lions a 4-3 lead. Shortstop Kim Sang-su put a base hit into center field to push the lead to 5-3.
Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan came in for the bottom of the ninth. Oh struck out two batters and recorded a perfect ninth for the save.
Lotte 17, Hanhwa 2
W - Song Seung-joon (5-4), L - Ahn Seung-min (2-4)
Lotte HR - Kang Min-ho (9), Jeong Hoon (1), Jeon Joon-woo (5)
Hanhwa HR - Jeon Hyeon-tae (2)
Jeez. Where do you start when a team puts a 17-spot on the scoreboard? Lotte rallied for seven runs in the first inning and things snowballed from there. First baseman Lee Dae-ho hit a two-run double and catcher Kang Min-ho followed with a three-run homer to account for most of the damage.
Lee would finish 2-5 with a run scored and four RBIs. Kang went 3-5 with a double, one run scored and four RBIs.
Even little used, backup shortstop Jeong Hoon got in on the action for Lotte. Jeong went 3-4 with a HBP, a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Lotte starter Song Seung-joon cruised to an easy W. Song tossed six innings(106 pitches, 66 strikes) of one-run baseball. Song gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five.
Hanhwa essentially waved the white flag when they moved DH Jeong Won-seok to first base. This meant that the pitcher had to bat. Oneli Perez swung at the first pitch he saw and flied out to finish 0-1. It was a really odd decision.
Hanhwa Right fielder Karim Garcia went 1-4, but he drove in his first run with a RBI single in the fourth inning.
SK 6, Doosan 0
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (4-4), L - Dustin Nippert (5-4)
SK HR - Kim Kang-min (2)
Doosan HR - None
This was far from a vintage Kim Kwang-hyeon start, but the SK ace got the job done. Kim threw 6 1/3 innings(95 pitches, 58 strikes) of shutout baseball. Kim gave up two hits and two walks while striking out three. He recorded 11 outs via the ground ball.
Doosan starter Dustin Nippert had a rough outing. Nippert only stuck around for 4 2/3 innings(87 pitches, 52 strikes) and was tagged for six runs(five earned). Nippert allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two.
SK center fielder Kim Kang-min broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the third inning. Kim finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. SK picked up another run in the same inning thanks to an error by Doosan catcher Yang Eui-ji.
SK rallied for three more runs in the fifth inning when first baseman Lee Ho-joon hit a double with the bases loaded. Three runs scored on the play and SK held a 6-0 lead.