Samsung leads the series, 2-1
W - Song Eun-beom (1-0), L - Justin Germano (0-1), S - Eom Jeong-wook
SK HR - Park Jae-sang (1), Choi Dong-su(2)
This series is still all about the pitching and defense.
SK starter Song Eun-beom threw five shutout innings(94 pitches, 51 strikes), but was in and out of jams throughout the evening. Song gave up four hits and four walks while striking out two. Samsung could put runners on against Song, they just couldn't get the big hit they were looking for. Samsung loaded the bases in the third inning with only one out, but Song struck out first baseman Chae Tae-in and DH Choi Hyeong-woo to end the threat.
The Lions had a runner on second with two outs in the fourth. Samsung catcher Jin Kab-yong put a single into left. The runner, Kang Bong-gyu, made the turn at third and headed home. He was out by a few feet, but collided with SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho. Jeong held on to the ball and didn't seem any worse for wear once the SK training staff helped him up.
SK was able to get the big hit they were looking for. The Wyverns broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when left fielder Park Jae-sang tagged Lions' starter Justin Germano for a solo homer. DH Choi Dong-su added another solo blast in the fifth to give the Wyverns a 2-0 advantage.
The Lions finally broke through in the eighth inning. Samsung put runners on the corners with two outs. SK brought in closer Eom Jeong-wook to end the threat. First baseman Park Seok-min put a bouncer through the left side to score a run and cut the SK lead in half. Kang Bong-gyu struck out to end the inning and the threat.
Eom stayed on for the ninth inning and tossed a scoreless ninth to end the game.
Game four starts at 2 PM on Saturday afternoon at Incheon's Munhak Stadium. SK will try to even the series with struggling ace Kim Kwang-hyeon. Kim only gave up one run against KIA in the opening game of the playoffs, but took the loss. Then, Kim struggled against Lotte in game one of the second round.
Samsung will go with Yoon Seong-hwan. Yoon went 14-5 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings. Yoon struck out 83 and walked only 30.