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LG and Doosan will likely contact former Samsung Lions manager Sun Dong-yeol.
LG has four reasons to play hard in their last game. None of them involve making the playoffs.
Lotte's Hong Seong-heun sounds optomistic about the Giants chances in their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
Lotte 6, Hanhwa 3
W - Goh Won-joon (9-7), L - Park Jeong-jin (7-6), S - Kim Sa-yul (19)
Lotte HR - None
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (19)
Ryan Sadowski got the start for the Lotte Giants and just didn't look sharp. Ryan gave up two runs in four innings(60 pitches, 39 strikes) of work. Sadowski allowed six hits while striking out one.
Hanhwa starter Yang Hoon looked very sharp. Yang tossed seven innings(103 pitches, 72 strikes) of one-run baseball. Yang gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out five.
Sadly, for Yang, the Hanhwa bullpen fell to pieces and wound up blowing the game.
Lotte faced a 3-1 deficit in the eight inning, but loaded the bases with one out. Backup infielder Son Yong-seok came to the plate and thumped a double down the right field line. All three runners scored to give Lotte a 4-3 lead. Lotte picked up a few more insurance runs and handed the eight inning to Goh Won-joon.
Goh started the season as the Giants' closer, but was needed as a starter. Goh threw a perfect eight inning and current closer Kim Sa-yul struck out two during a perfect ninth inning.
Hanhwa DH Choi Jin-haeng went 2-4 with a homer, two RBIs and one run scored.
Doosan 8, Nexen 2
W - Lee Yong-chan (6-10), L - Kang Yoon-guh (3-1)
Doosan HR - Lee Seong-yeol (7)
Nexen HR - None
Doosan starter Lee Yong-chan threw seven innings(109 pitches, 70 strikes) of two-run ball(one earned). Lee gave up eight hits and one walk while striking out six.
While Lee was dealing on the mound, the Doosan offense was putting up runs in bunches. Outfielder Lim Jae-cheol went 2-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Left fielder Lee Sang-yeol went 2-3 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and one run scored. Oh Jae-won lead off and played first base. Both positions are unusual for Oh, but he went 2-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base.
SK 3, KIA 0
W - Yoon Hee-sang (3-1), L - Kim Hee-geol (2-5), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (16)
SK HR - Lee Ho-joon (14)
KIA HR - None
SK starter Yoon Hee-sang tossed 5 1/3 innings(75 pitches, 46 strikes) of shutout baseball. Yoon only allowed two hits while striking out two. Four SK relievers combined to only allow one hit in the final 3 2/3 innings.
SK right fielder Park Jeong-kwon hit a RBI double in the fourth. Center fielder Kim Kang-min hit a RBI sac fly in the fifth. DH Lee Ho-joon gave SK their third run by blasting a solo homer in the sixth inning.
The win by SK clinches the #3 seed for the Wyverns and the #4 seed for the KIA Tigers.
Samsung 2, LG 2 (12)
Samsung HR - None
LG HR - None
The Lions tied the game at two in the seventh inning on a delayed steal. With runners on the corners and two outs, Samsung catcher Chae Sang-byeong took off for second. After LG catcher Cho In-seong threw down to second, Samsung left fielder Kang Bong-gyu took off from third and slid in safely to tie the game at two.
Tied is where this one remained as both sides stared at each other for five innings.
Samsung starter Justin Germano threw six innings(83 pitches, 62 strikes) of two-run ball. Germano gave up seven hits while striking out five.
LG starter Kim Sang-hyeon tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-run(one earned) baseball. Kim allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six.