Naver Sports offers an analysis of the top four teams in the KBO.
They also breakdown the issues surrounding the LG Twins.
They look back at the career of recently deceased former player/coach Jang Hyo-jo.
They also discuss whether or not Hanhwa should renew Karim Garcia.
Samsung 4, Hanhwa 1
W -Justin Germano (3-1), L - Kim Hyeok-min (5-11), S - Oh Seung-hwan (39)
Samsung HR - Park Seok-min (14)
Hanhwa HR - None
Justin Germano tossed 5 1/3 innings(73 pitches, 54 strikes) of one-run baseball. Germano gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out two. Luckily for Germano, the Samsung bullpen managed not to blow the game and he earned his third KBO win. Relievers Ahn Ji-man and Kwon Hyeok earned holds while Lions closer Oh Seung-hwan nailed down his 39th save. Oh struck out two during his scoreless ninth inning.
At the plate for the Lions, well, third baseman Park Seok-min went 2-3 with a walk and a solo homer to ice the game. DH Choi Hyung-woo went 1-3 with a double, a sac fly, one RBI and a run scored.
Hanhwa first baseman Jang Seong-ho went 3-3 with one lonely RBI.
SK 1, Nexen 0
W - Yoon Hee-sang (1-1), Moon Seong-hyeon (4-10), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (15)
SK HR - Park Jae-sang (4)
Nexen HR - None
SK left fielder Park Jae-sang clubbed a solo homer in the first inning and that was all the scoring this game would see. Park finished 2-3 with a stolen base in addition to his solo bomb.
SK starter Yoon Hee-sang tossed 5 1/3 innings(69 pitches, 47 strikes) of scoreless baseball. Yoon allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out three.
Nexen starter Moon Seong-hyeon threw seven innings(102 pitches, 59 strikes) of one-run ball. Moon gave up four hits and four walks while striking out four.
Doosan 5, LG 2
W - Kim Seung-hui (2-1), L - Lee Sang-yeol (0-6), S - Fernando Nieve (2)
Doosan HR - Kim Dong-ju (16)
LG HR - None
This is Doosan's fifth straight win. This W moves the Bears to 1 1/2 games in back of LG for fifth place and they're 7 1/2 games in back of SK for the fourth playoff spot. It's likely too little, too late for the underachieving Bears, but it's good to see that they still actually care. I'm 90% sure that I saw one of the Nexen Heroes take a golf club out to the plate instead of a bat last week.
Doosan broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning when left fielder Kim Hyeon-su hit a triple down the right field line with a runner on second. Kim would later score on an infield single from DH Kim Dong-ju. LG first baseman Lee Taek-geun took a bad angle on a slow bouncer and couldn't make the tag on Kim near the base.
Kim finished the game 3-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and a run scored. Doosan catcher Yang Eui-ji went 4-5 with two RBIs.
Doosan starter Kim Seung-hui threw six innings(102 pitches, 63 strikes) of two-run ball. Kim was playing with fire all night as he gave up six hits and five walks while striking out three. Somehow, he managed to not get burned as the LG offense helped him get out of a couple jams.