Doosan 6, Nexen 5
W - Fernando Nieve (2-2), L - Brandon Knight (2-9), S - Kim Kang-ryul (1)
Doosan HR - Jeong Su-bin (1)
Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge (10)
Doosan starter Fernando Nieve actually threw a competent game and Bears' right fielder provided a lot of the run support Nieve received.
Nieve threw five innings(83 ptches, 55 strikes), but gave up three runs. Nieve only allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. Hey, he didn't blow the game.
Doosan battled back from a 3-2 deficit after Nexen rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Doosan rallied for four runs in the fifth inning. Thanks in large part to a three-run blast from Jeong.
Doosan catcher Yang Eui-ji went 4-4 with two runs scored. While Nexen left fielder Corey Aldridge went 1-2 with a walk, one run scored, two RBIs and a sac fly.
Nexen starter Brandon Knight really struggled again. Knight threw only 4 2/3 innings(106 pitches, 52 strikes) and gave up all six Doosan runs. Knight allowed six hits, six walks and a hit batsman while striking out none.
Hanhwa 5, SK 1
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (8-6), L - Song Eun-beom (4-2), S - Park Jeong-jin (3)
Hanhwa HR - Karim Garcia (4)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (9)
If someone had told me that Hanhwa ace Ryu Hyeon-jin only threw five innings, I would have assumed that Hanhwa would have lost. Ryu tossed five innings(75 pitches, 49 strikes) of one-run ball. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer from SK third baseman Choi Jeong in the fourth. Ryu gave up three hits and struck out five.
Karim Garcia started a three-run rally in the fourth inning with a two-run blast. Hanhwa catcher Shin Hyeon-kyeong hit a RBI double to push the lead to 3-0.
Hanhwa relievers Ma Il-yeong and Park Jeong-jin both threw a pair of scoreless innings to prevent SK from coming back.
KIA 7, Lotte 2
W - Aquilino Lopez (8-3), L - Song Seung-joon (5-6)
KIA HR - Cha Il-mok (4)
Lotte HR - Kang Min-ho (10)
KIA was facing an early 1-0 deficit thanks to a RBI single from Lotte right fielder Son Ah-seop in the the third inning...Until the Tigers rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho hit a double to tie the game at one. The next batter, left fielder Kim Sang-hyeon, gave KIA a 3-1 lead with a two-run double. KIA added another run on a wild pitch to take a 4-1 lead.
Lotte catcher Kang Min-ho hit a solo homer for Lotte's second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but that was the last time Lotte would really threaten.
KIA starter Aquilino Lopez threw five innings(60 pitches, 44 strikes) of two-run ball. Lopez gave up seven hits and struck out four. KIA reliever Son Yeong-min threw three innings of scoreless relief to ice the game. Son gave up only one hit and struck out three.
Samsung 4, LG 3 (10)
W - Ahn Ji-man (7-3), L - Lee Sang-yeol, S - Oh Seung-hwan (22)
Samsung HR - None
LG HR - None
Samsung was facing a 3-1 deficit heading into the eighth inning. The Lions picked up a run in the eighth on a sac fly from third baseman Cho Dong-chan. Samsung tied the game in the ninth with another sac fly, this time from DH Mo Sang-ki.
Samsung reliever Ahn Ji-man recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to send the game into extras.
In the top of the tenth, second baseman Son Ju-in hit a single and scored on a double from shortstop Kim Sang-su to give Samsung their first lead of the game.
Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan recorded a perfect tenth for the save.
Lost in this one was another solid effort from LG starter Ben Jukich. Jukich threw eight innings(99 pitches, 70 strikes) of two-run ball(one earned). Jukich gave up three hits and struck out five. This loss was squarely on the LG offense and bullpen.
With this win and the SK loss, the Lions are now in sole possession of first place in the KBO.