Lotte 4, Doosan 1
W - Ryan Sadowski (4-5), L - Fernando Nieve (2-3)
Lotte HR - Moon Gyu-hyeon (1)
Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su (6)
Ryan Sadowski threw a brilliant game and the Giants managed to not choke this one away. Sadowski tossed seven innings(95 pitches, 66 strikes) of one-run ball. Sadowski gave up four hits, no walks and struck out six.
The only Doosan Bear that got near him was left fielder Kim Hyeon-su who tagged Ryan for a solo homer in the seventh.
Lotte infielder Song Yong-seok got a rare start at third base and scored Lotte's first run in the second inning. Song made a mad dash from second base on a single from left fielder Kim Ju-chan. Lotte picked up another run in the fifth inning when Jeon Joon-woo tripled and scored on a RBI ground out from right fielder Son Ah-seop.
Lotte shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to make sure Doosan knew they were beaten.
Samsung 9, SK 5
W - Ahn Ji-man (9-3), L - Lee Seung-ho (4-3)
Samsung HR - Shin Myeong-cheol (2), Choi Hyeong-woo (18)
SK HR - Jeong Sang-ho (5)
SK jumped out to an early 5-2 thanks in part to a four-run rally in the fourth inning that saw catcher Jeong Sang-ho blast a three-run homer.
SK brought in Jim Magrane to relieve starter Goh Hyo-joon in the sixth inning and he may have secured himself a "plane ticket of shame." The Lions tied the game in the when second baseman Shin Myeong-cheol tagged Magrane for a three-run homer.
Samsung took a 6-5 lead in the seventh with a solo bomb from RBI machine Choi Hyeong-woo. The Lions picked up a couple insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. I guess closer Oh Seung-hwan wanted the night off.
This loss was the seventh in a row for the SK Wyverns. It's unusual writing about SK having a long losing streak. We're usually discussing a ridiculous double-digit winning streak.
LG 10, Hanhwa 7
W - Park Hyeon-joon (9-5), L - Park Jeong-jin (3-3)
LG HR - Jeong Seong-hoon (6), Lee Byeong-gyu (14)
Hanhwa HR - Jang Seong-ho (6), Kang Dong-woo (10)
LG tied the game at four in the sixth inning. With one out and runners on the corners, second baseman Kim Tae-wan hit a bouncer to short. Hanhwa was able to get the runner at second, but Kim was able to beat the throw to first and the tying run was able to score.
Hanhwa took the lead back in the eight inning when left fielder Kang Dong-woo hit a solo homer.
Things got out of hand in the top of the ninth inning. LG loaded the bases and unloaded them on a grand slam from slugger Lee Byeong-gyu. LG rallied for two more runs in the inning to push the lead to 10-5.
Hanhwa didn't want to go quietly into the night. In the bottom of the ninth, the Eagles rallied for a couple runs thanks to a RBI double from backup infielder Jeon Hyeon-tae. Jeon later scored on a single from center fielder Goh Dong-jin.
LG third baseman Jeong Seong-ho lead the Twins' offense by going 3-5 with a walk, a homer, one RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.
KIA 2, Nexen 1
W - Shim Dong-seop (2-0), L - Ma Jeong-gil, S - Yoo Dong-hoon (5)
KIA HR - None
Hanhwa HR - None
KIA starter Travis Blackley threw another excellent game, but didn't get much support from the Tigers' lineup and was stuck with a ND. Blackley threw seven+ innings(113 pitches, 75 strikes) of one-run baseball. Blackley gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Nexen starter Kim Seong-hyeon matched Blackley almost every step of the way. Kim threw 6 1/3 innings(95 pitches, 52 strikes) of shutout baseball. Kim gave up five hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out four.
Nexen broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Nexen put runners on first and third with two outs. Nexen second baseman hit a long fly ball that bounced over the outfield fence for a ground-rule double and scored Nexen's first and only run of the game.
KIA reliever Shim Dong-seop managed to pitch out of a bases loaded with no outs situation in the top of the eight. Shim got pinch hitter Cho Jung-geun to line into a double play and struck out shortstop Kang Jeong-ho to end the inning.
KIA first baseman Choi Hoon-rak lead off the eighth with a double and scored on a triple by second baseman Ahn Chi-hong. Nexen right fielder Yoo Han-joon couldn't have played the ball any worse. His zig-zag/turn around three times route to the ball was awkward to watch. Ahn scored the go-ahead run when left fielder Kim Sang-hyeon managed to poke a single into left.
KIA closer Yoo Dong-hoon threw a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.