KIA 12, Hanhwa 4
W - Yoon Seok-min (9-2), L - Kim Hyeok-min (4-5)
KIA HR - Ahn Chi-hong (4), Cha Il-mok (5)
Hanhwa HR - None
KIA rallied for three runs in the first inning, picked up a couple runs on a few big flies and cruised to a W thanks to a solid start from ace Yoon Seok-min.
KIA picked up three early runs with an assembly line rally in the first inning that saw three RBI singles. KIA second baseman Ahn Chi-hong blasted a two-run homer in the fifth and catcher Cha Il-mok clubbed a three-run bomb in the sixth to essentially put the game out of reach.
KIA center fielder Lee Yong-gyu has been Mr. Everything for the KIA offense this year. Lee went 3-3 with two walks and two runs scored while pushing his batting average to .388. DH Na Ji-wan went 3-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Yoon Seok-min threw six innings(98 pitches, 63 strikes) of two-run baseball. Yoon allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out six.
Samsung 5, Lotte 4 (11)
W - Jeong In-wook (3-1), L - Jin Myeon-ho (0-2)
Samsung HR - Mo Sang-ki (4)
Lotte HR - Son Ah-seop (8), Kim Ju-chan (1)
Samsung tied the game at four in the eighth inning thanks to a solo homer from DH Mo Sang-ki. Mo has only been with the big club for less than a month, but he's made his presence known. Mo owns a .267/.378/.767 slash line in only 37 plate appearances. He's been absolutely raking this year and could become the favorite for rookie of the year. Mo finished 2-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eleventh inning. Lotte reliever Jin Myeong-ho put runners on first and second with no outs and was pulled for Kim Su-wan. After a sac bunt from Samsung outfielder Bae Yeong-seop and an intentional walk to Park Han-yi to load the bases with one out, Kim walked Park Seok-min to gift the Lions a victory by walk-off walk.
Lotte left fielder Kim Ju-chan went 4-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs in a losing cause.
Nexen 6, SK 5
W - Kim Seong-tae (3-5), L - Jim Magrane (2-6), S - Son Seung-rak (5)
Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge (11)
SK HR - Choi Jeong (11)
The final here made this game look closer than it really was. SK fell behind 6-2 in the early innings only to rally for three runs in the ninth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, left fielder Park Jae-sang cleared them with a double. Park represented the tying run at second, but backup infielder Choi Yoon-seok grounded out to end the game.
Six different Nexen batters drove in runs for the Heroes. Left fielder Corey Aldridge went 1-2 with two walks and a solo homer. Right fielder Yoo Han-joon went 2-4 with a double, two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base.
Nexen starter Kim Sang-tae actually threw the ball pretty well. Kim tossed 6 1/3 innings(85 pitches, 52 strikes) of two-run baseball. Kim gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
Doosan 6, LG 0
W - Dustin Nippert (7-4), L - Radhames Liz (5-7)
Doosan HR - None
LG HR - None
Dustin Nippert had his finest outing in his brief career as a Doosan Bear. Nippert put the team on his back and threw a complete game shutout(104 pitches, 78 strikes). Nippert allowed only five hits and one walk while striking out seven.
LG starter Radhames Liz only lasted 2 2/3 innings, but made quite an, erm, impact on the game. After getting battered for three runs in the opening frame, Radhames Liz threw a high and tight pitch to Doosan slugger Kim Dong-ju in the second inning. Kim didn't react too kindly to the near beheading and both benches cleared. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected. After looking at the replay, it was an overreaction by Kim. Liz appeared to be trying to throw a slider and he lost his grip on the ball while throwing. He wasn't trying to murder Kim and Kim should have known better.
It was a total team effort from the Bears at the plate as six different batters drove in runs. Left fielder Kim Hyeon-su went 3-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI.