KIA 5, Doosan 2
W - Seo Jae-wong (3-5), L - Dustin Nippert (5-3), S - Son Yeong-min (5)
KIA HR - None
Doosan HR - Kim Dong-ju (7)
KIA starter Seo Jae-wong has continued to turn his season around after his disastrous 0-5 start. Seo's slider was snapping and his fastball was popping. Seo threw 6 2/3 innings(103 pitches, 71 strikes) of two-run baseball. Seo gave up seven hits while striking out five.
KIA tagged Doosan starter Dustin Nippert for five runs(three earned in the first two innings. KIA left fielder hit a two-run double in the first inning to get the party started. Center fielder Lee Yong-gyu hit a RBI single in the second and scored on a two-run double from third baseman Lee Beom-ho.
Nippert only made it through the fourth inning(77 pitches, 53 strikes). Nippert gave up five hits and one walk while striking out three.
Doosan slugger Kim Dong-ju went 2-4 with a solo homer and a stolen base. Doosan third baseman Yoon Seok-min went 3-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Samsung 9, Lotte 1
W - Yoon Seong-hwan (4-4), L - Song Seung-joon (4-4)
Samsung HR - Son Ju-in (1), Park Han-yi (1)
Lotte HR - None
Samsung starter Yoon Seong-hwan threw really well and Lotte starter Song Seung-joon was, well, awful.
Yoon tossed seven innings(97 pitches, 64 strikes) of one-run baseball(none earned). Yoon gave up six hits and one walk while striking out two.
Song was removed from the game after the fourth inning. Song was battered for five runs on eight hits.
Samsung picked up two runs in the second inning when Samsung second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol hit a RBI single and backup infielder Son Ju-in hit a RBI sac fly. Son finished 2-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Right fielder Park Han-yi went 3-5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.
SK 6, Nexen 1
W - Kim Kwang-hyeon (3-4), L - Kim Seong-tae (1-5), S - Jeong Woo-ram (5)
SK HR - None
Nexen HR - Kim Min-woo (4)
SK starter Kim Kwang-hyeon looked like himself again. The 23-year old ace has put together back-to-back quality starts. Kim suffered through a really rough April, but looks like he's turned his season around. Kim threw 6 2/3 innings(116 pitches, 68 strikes) of one-run baseball. Kim gave up only three hits, but walked six while striking out three. It's nice to see the scoreless innings, but the walks are a concern. It likely means he's struggling with location or his mechanics could be off. Both are fairly correctable and it's unlikely he's got a hidden injury or an obvious injury.
SK trailed 1-0 after Nexen third baseman Kim Min-woo hit a solo homer in the third inning.
SK racked up three two-run hits in three separate innings to build a 6-1 lead. Left fielder Park Jae-sang and third baseman Choi Jeong hit two-run singles and first baseman Kim Kang-min hit a two-run double. The SK running game also took advantage of Nexen's battery. The Wyverns simply ran Nexen out of the stadium by going five for six in stolen bases.
LG 4, Hanhwa 0
W - Ben Jukich (5-2), L - Ahn Seung-min (2-3)
LG HR - None
Hanhwa HR - None
LG starter Ben Jukich matched his season high of ten strikeouts while shutting out the Hanhwa Eagles for 6 2/3 innings(110 pitches, 71 strikes). Jukich gave up only two hits and one walk.
The Twins broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run rally. Third baseman Jeong Seong-hoon hit a RBI single and left fielder Jeong Eui-yoon hit a RBI sac fly.
LG picked up a little insurance in the seventh inning with two more runs. First baseman Seo Dong-wook clubbed a two-run double to push the Twins' advantage to 4-0.