The rain only wiped out half the games on last night's slate. Progress!
Hanhwa 9, SK 6
W - Shin Ju-yeong (2-2), L - Jeong Byeong-du (3-2), S - Park Jeong-jin (4)
Hanhwa HR - Karim Garcia 2(6), Jeong Won-seok (4)
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (9), Choi Jeong (10)
Karim Garcia has been back in Korea for less than a month, but he's made quite an impact in Daejeon.
Garcia blasted a three-run homer in the first inning during a four-run Eagles rally. Then, with the score at 6-5 in the seventh inning, Garcia blasted ANOTHER three-run homer to give Hanhwa a 9-5 advantage.
SK was uncharacteristically sloppy last night. The Wyverns made three errors including two in the first inning and essentially gave the game to the Eagles.
SK starter Gary Glover gave up five runs during his two innings of work, but only one was earned.
The Hanhwa bullpen was surprisingly competent last night. Four Eagles relievers managed keep SK off the scoreboard after starter Yang Hoon was chased in the fifth inning. Closer Park Jeong-jin threw two scoreless to nail the victory down.
Other than Garcia, Hanhwa DH Jang Seong-ho went 4-5 with a double and two runs scored. SK third baseman Choi Jeong went 3-5 with a homer, a run scored and two RBIs in a losing effort.
Lotte 4, KIA 0 (7)
W - Goh Won-joon (4-4), L - Seo Jae-wong (3-6)
Lotte HR - None
KIA HR - None
Lotte got exactly what they needed from starter Goh Won-joon in this rain-soaked affair. Goh basically put the team on his back. KIA probably wouldn't have scored if they played the full nine innings...unless the Lotte bullpen showed up. Goh threw seven shutout innings(86 pitches, 54 strikes). Goh only allowed three hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out three.
Lotte broke a scoreless tie in the second inning. With no outs and runners on first and third, second baseman Cho Seong-hwan grounded into a double play, but Kang Min-ho was ignored and allowed to score from third.
The Giants rallied for three more in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on first and second with one out, right fielder Son Ah-seop hit a triple into the gap in right/center. The throw from the cut-off man to third was absolutely awful. It bounced a couple times and got away from KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho. Son was able to score while KIA tried to corral the baseball.