Samsung 7, LG 3
W - Yoon Seong-hwan (5-4), L - Park Hyeon-joon (8-4)
Samsung HR - Kim Sang-su(2), Jin Kab-yong (4)
LG HR - None
Samsung rallied for five runs in the third inning and never looked back. Shortstop Kim Sang-su hit a solo homer to break the scoreless tie. Third baseman Park Seok-min clubbed a two-run double to put Samsung up 3-0. First baseman Cho Yeong-hoon hit a RBI single and second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol hit a RBI ground out to push the lead to 5-0.
Park finished 3-4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Samsung left fielder Bae Yeong-seop went 3-3 with a walk, two steals and two runs scored.
Samsung starter Yoon Seong-hwan was excellent. Yoon threw eight innings(100 pitches, 75 strikes) of one-run ball(zero earned). Yoon gave up seven hits and struck out three. It felt like everything was a lazy fly ball.
Hanhwa 12, KIA 3
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (6-6), L - Son Yeong-min (4-2)
Hanhwa HR - Lee Dae-su (6), Lee Yeo-seong (2)
KIA HR - Na Ji-wan (2)
KIA broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with a three-run bomb from DH Na Ji-wan and proceeded to give up many, many runs.
Hanhwa rallied for four in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. It was an assembly line rally that saw four RBI singles.
Hanhwa was not finished. The Eagles offense put a snowman on the board with an 8-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With one out and the bases loaded, left fielder Choi Jin-haeng drew a walk. Karim Garcia hit a two-run double. Backup infielder Goh Dong-jin drew a walk to reload the bases and shortstop Lee Dae-su emptied them with a grand slam. Third baseman Lee Yeo-sang spanked a solo homer to cap the rally.
Shortstop Lee Dae-su entered the game in the seventh and went 2-2 with two runs scored and five RBIs.
Hanhwa ace Ryu Hyeon-jin threw seven innings(110 pitches, 72 strikes) of three-run baseball. Ryu gave up five hits and two walks while striking out 11.
KIA starter Seo Jae-wong's run of good luck finally ended. Seo threw 5 1/3 innings(77 pitches, 44 strikes) and gave up three runs. Seo allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three.
SK 8, Lotte 5
W - Lee Seung-ho (5-1), L - Lim Kyeong-wan (1-3)
SK HR - None
Lotte HR - Son Ah-seop (6), Lee Dae-ho (17)
Lotte hit a pair of solo homers in the first inning and rallied for three runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead.
SK roared back with a four run rally in the fifth inning. SK was a model of efficiency and scored two runs on sac flies during the rally.
Things got worse for Lotte in the seventh inning. SK loaded the bases with one out after a pair(!) of errors from third baseman Yang Jong-min and a walk. Right fielder Park Jeong-kwon drew a walk to tie the game at five. First baseman Lee Ho-joon singled to give SK a 6-5 lead. SK picked up two more runs with a two-run single from third baseman Choi Jeong.
SK reliever Lee Seung-ho(the older one) saved the day for the Wyverns. Lee threw three innings of scoreless relief. He walked three and struck out five. He lowed his ERA to 0.85 and actually raised his WHIP to 0.88.
Doosan 5, Nexen 3
W - Fernando Nieve (1-2), L - Brandon Knight (2-7), S - Jeong Jae-hoon (4)
Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su (4)
Nexen HR - Cho Jung-geun (3)
Left fielder Kim Hyeon-su basically was the Doosan offense. The former batting champ blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI double in the third. Kim finished 3-3 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBIs.
Doosan starter Fernando Nieve managed to not be awful. Progress! Nieve tossed 5 2/3 innings(93 pitches, 61 strikes) of three run baseball. Nieve gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out six.