KIA 17, Samsung 1
W - Travis Blackley (5-4), L - Ken Kadokura
KIA HR - Kim Sang-hoon (2)
Samsung HR - Mo Sang-ki (1)
Samsung starter Ken Kadokura suffered what had to be one of the worst starts of his career. Japan and the US included. Kadokura gave up 11 runs(all earned) on 11 hits and three walks during 2 2/3 innings of work.
KIA put a nine-spot up in the third inning and things sort of snowballed from there.
KIA first baseman Choi Hee-seop was a homer away from the cycle. Choi went 3-4 with a walk, four runs scored and three RBIs. DH Na Ji-wan went 4-5 with a double, four RBIs and one run scored. Backup catcher Kim Sang-hoon went 1-2 with a three-run homer.
KIA starter Travis Blackley enjoyed the run support and cruised to an easy W. The Australian national threw six innings(97 pitches, 62 strikes) of one-run baseball. Blackley gave up two hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Hanhwa 11, Doosan 8 (10)
W - Yoon Gyu-jin (1-1), L - Jeong Jae-hoon (2-4)
Hanhwa HR - Han Seong-hoon (3), Karim Garcia (3)
Doosan HR - Oh Jae-won (3), Choi Joon-seok (9), Yang Eui-ji (2)
No, Karim Garcia didn't hit another grand slam...He did hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ten to walk-off the Doosan Bears. Anyone who thought Karim would show up out of shape and struggle to hit was completely wrong. Karim showed up in good shape(for a guy that, um, doesn't seem to spend much time in the weight room) and looks like he has something to prove. Karim finished 2-6 with a double, four RBIs and one run scored.
Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng went 4-5 with a walk, a double, three runs scored and three RBIs hitting in front of Garcia in the clean up spot.
Doosan second baseman Oh Jae-won had a big day in a losing effort. Oh went 2-5 with a walk, a homer, three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Nexen 8, Lotte 1
W - Moon Seong-hyeon(2-5), L - Song Seung-joon (5-5)
Nexen HR - Kang Jeong-ho (4), Corey Aldridge (8)
Lotte HR - Jeong Hoon (3)
It's really hard to believe that Lotte didn't have more success against Nexen starter Moon Seong-hyeon. Moon threw 5 1/3 innings(99 pitches, 55 strikes) of one-run ball. He gave up only three hits, but he walked five(!). He struck out four, but he also did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground. Moon induced eight ground balls that resulted in outs.
Nexen rallied for four runs in the first inning and never looked back. A two-run triple by DH Cho Jung-geun accounted for most of the damage in the inning.
Nexen shortstop Kang Jeong-ho went 3-4 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs.
SK 6, LG 4
W - Park Hee-su (1-0), L - Lim Chan-gyu (6-2), S - Jeong Woo-ram (6)
SK HR - None
LG HR - None
SK faced a 4-1 deficit in the ninth inning. LG reliever Lee Sang-yeol recorded the first out of the inning and LG closer Lim Chan-gyu was called on to end the game. Lim had what can only be described as a complete meltdown.
Lim came in and walked DH Lim Hoon. He struck out pinch hitter Park Yoon and then gave up a base hit to shortstop Park Jin-man. He then walked the next four batters he faced before he was pulled for reliever Lee Dae-han. Lee wasn't much better. Lee walked the first batter he faced to give SK 5-4 lead and then gave up a base hit to left fielder Park Jeong-kwon to push the lead to 6-4.
SK reliever Jeong Woo-ram recorded three ground ball outs in the bottom of the ninth to end the game and earn the save.
Lost in this one was a solid outing from LG starter Ben Jukich. Jukich tossed 7 2/3 innings(109 pitches, 76 strikes) of one-run baseball. Jukich gave up only four hits and one walk while striking out 11. Jukich recorded ten ground balls.