Samsung 9, LG 3
W - Jeong Hyeon-wook (1-3), L - Kim Kwang-sam (3-3)
Samsung HR - None
LG HR - Lee Byeong-gyu (12), Cho In-seong (10)
Samsung actually trailed 3-1 after the second inning because LG left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu blasted a solo homer in the first and catcher Cho In-seong clubbed a two-run bomb in the second.
Samsung took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning when left fielder Bae Yeong-seop hit a RBI single and RBI machine Choi Hyeong-woo hit a two-run single.
The Lions piled on with five more in the sixth inning to give themselves a comfortable cushion. Third baseman Park Seok-min capped the rally with a two-run single.
Bae went 3-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The Korean press is speculating that he's the likely favorite for the Rookie of the Year award. He only played 11 games last year, so I guess he must still qualify.
Park Seok-min finished 2-4 with two RBIs and Choi ended up 2-4 with three RBIs.
KIA 6, Hanhwa 5
W - Aquilino Lopez (7-2), L - Shin Ju-yeong (1-2)
KIA HR - None
Hanhwa HR - Jang Seong-ho (5), Karim Garcia (1)
KIA rallied for four runs in the first inning and made it look like this one would be over early.
Hanhwa picked up a run in the fourth inning on a solo homer from first baseman Jang Seong-ho. The Eagles took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when their newest addition, Karim Garcia, hit a grand slam for his first homer of the 2011 KBO season.
The game remained at 5-4 until the top of the eighth inning. With one out, center fielder Lee Yong-gyu singled and shortstop Kim Seon-bin walked to put runners on first and second. Third baseman Lee Beom-ho hit a double to score Yong-gyu and tie the game at five. Slugger Choi Hee-seop was intentionally walked to load the bases. DH Na Ji-wan hit a sac fly to center to plate give KIA a 6-5 lead.
KIA starter Aquilino Lopez threw a complete game(109 pitches, 76 strikes) and was charged with all five Hanhwa runs. Lopez gave up six hits and one walk while striking out ten.
SK 4, Lotte 1
W - Gary Glover (6-2), L - Jin Myeong-ho (0-1), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (9)
SK HR - Park Jae-sang 2(7)
Lotte HR - None
SK starter Gary Glover is continuing to put together a solid season. Glover lowered his ERA to 2.81 and actually raised his WHIP a little to 1.09. Glover threw six innings(99 pitches, 62 strikes) of one-run baseball. The Glove gave up six hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Ryan Sadowski's run of really poor luck continued. Ryan appeared to strain his back in the third inning and had to be removed from the game. He reached for his back as soon as he got the ball back from the catcher and maintained a "Aw-crap-not-again" look on his face until he disappeared into the dugout.
Sadowski threw 2 1/3 innings(34 pitches, 22 strikes) of one-run baseball. Ryan gave up a solo homer and struck out three.
SK left fielder Park Jae-sang blasted a pair of solo homers and finished 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
SK closer Jeong Dae-hyeon recorded the final five outs for the save. He gave up one hit and struck out one.
Doosan 13, Nexen 4
W - Lee Yong-chan (3-3), L - Kim Seong-hyeon (2-4)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok (8)
Nexen HR - None
This on got out of hand quickly. Doosan rallied for nine(!) runs in the second inning and the game was essentially over. Doosan second baseman Oh Jae-won hit a two-run single and first baseman Choi Joon-seok hit a three-run homer to account for the majority of the damage. Choi also doubled in the inning and finished 3-3 with a walk, three RBIs and four runs scored.
Doosan DH Lee Seong-yeol went 2-3 with a walk, a double, three RBIs and a run scored.
Nexen first baseman Oh Jae-il was one of the few bright spots for the Heroes. Oh went 2-2 with two walks, a double and a run scored.