KIA 3, Doosan 2
W - Yoo Dong-hoon (3-1), L - Goh Chang-seong (1-3)
KIA HR - None
Doosan HR - None
KIA scored a pair of runs in the second inning thanks to RBI singles from second baseman Park Ki-nam and shortstop Kim Seon-bin.
Doosan cut the lead in half with a RBI double from first baseman Choi Joon-seok in the fourth inning. The Bears later tied the game in the fifth with a RBI single from center fielder Lee Jong-wook.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Shortstop Kim Seon-bin delivered again for KIA with a sac fly to plate the go-ahead run.
KIA closer Yoo Dong-hoon recorded the final four outs of the game. Yoo allowed one base hit and struck out one.
KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong threw 6 2/3 innings(97 pitches, 58 strikes) of two-run ball. Yang gave up six hits and three walks while striking out four.
Lotte 13, Samsung 7
W - Ryan Sadowski (3-4), L - Jang Won-sam (2-3)
Lotte HR - Jeon Joon-woo (4), Hong Seong-heun (2), Hwang Jae-gyun (5), Kang Min-ho (8), Son Ah-seop (5)
Samsung HR - None
It's hard to win a baseball game when your pitching staff gives up five homeruns before the seventh inning. I was actually in attendence at this game and it got hard to watch. After Kang's two-run bomb in the fifth, things started to get funny. 13-7 makes this one sound closer than it was. Lotte actually held an 11-0 lead after the fourth. There's no coming back from that.
Ryan Sadowski was the benificiary of the offensive outburst. Sadowski threw six innings(80 pitches, 51 strikes) of two-run baseball. Ryan gave up five hits, one walk and a hit batsman while striking out three.
Lotte DH Hong Seong-heun lead the charge by going 3-5 with a grand slam in the third inning. Third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun and right fielder Son Ah-seop had identical days at the plate. Both finished 4-5 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs.
The final would have been 13-2, but Samsung was able to tag reliever Brian Corey for five runs(four earned) in the eighth. It looked like his bizarre usage patterns finally caught up to him. I really don't know what business the closer had in an 11-run game, but I just blog.
Nexen 10, SK 9
W - Son Seung-rak (2-1), L - Jeong Dae-hyeon (2-2)
Nexen HR - Kim Min-woo (5), Kang Jeong-ho (3)
SK HR - None
This was a wild game that saw six lead changes before the final outs were recorded.
8-3 lead thanks to a six-run rally in the bottom of the second inning. Nexen shortstop Kang Jeong-ho hit a grand slam during the rally.
SK battled back and cut the lead to 8-5 before exploding for a four run rally to take a 9-8 lead. Center fielder Kim Kang-min, first baseman Lee Ho-joon and third baseman Choi Jeong hit RBI singles during the rally. Second baseman Jeong Geun-woo hit a RBI sac fly to cap the rally and give SK the lead.
Nexen trailed until the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out in the inning, shortstop Kang Jeong-ho singled and first baseman Jang Yeong-sik hit an infield single to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Kim Min-seong hit a single to drive in Kang and tie the game at nine. Second baseman Kim Il-kyeong struck out for the second out and Kim Min-woo was intentionally walked to load the bases. Center fielder Yoo Han-joon hit a, well, I'm not sure what to call it. It was an infield pop-up, but it managed to fall in front of second baseman Jeong Geun-woo for a base hit. Jeong's throw to first was late and all runners were safe and Nexen had one of the strangest walk-off wins I've ever seen.
Kang Jeong-ho lead all hitters by going 3-4 with a double, a homer, five RBIs and two runs scored.
Hanhwa 4, LG 1
W - Yang Hoon (2-5), L - Park Hyeon-joon (8-3), S - Park Jeong-jin (2)
Hanhwa HR - Goh Dong-jin (1)
LG HR - None
Hanhwa starter Yang Hoon was great last night. Yang threw 8 2/3 innings(134 pitches, 94 strikes) of one-run baseball. Yang allowed only five hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Hanhwa right fielder Goh Dong-jin hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Eagles an early lead. Hanhwa added a run in the third when LG starter Park Hyeon-joon threw a wild pitch with a runner on third. The Eagles picked up some more insurance on a RBI single in the sixth inning when center fielder Kang Dong-woo hit a RBI single.
Nothing good or interesting happened for the LG Twins in this game.