Samsung 5, LG 1
W - Ahn Ji-man (1-1), L - Shim Su-chang (0-1)
Samsung HR - Park Seok-min (1) LG HR - None
Samsung starter Ahn Ji-man was quality. Ahn tossed six innings((102 pitches, 63 strikes) of one-run baseball. Ahn gave up only three hits and two walks while striking out five.
This game was tied at one until Samsung struck for a four-run rally in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Samsung right fielder Kang Myeong-guh poked a single through the left side. Two runs were able to score because LG left fielder Lee Byeong-gyu bobbled the ball. Samsung centerfielder Lee Yeong-wook mashed a two-run double to push the Samsung lead to 5-1.
SK 6, Hanhwa 1
W - Jim Magrane (1-0), L - Song Chang-sik (0-1)
SK HR - Park Jeong-kwon (3), Jeong Geun-woo (3), Lee Ho-joon (1) Hanhwa HR - None
Jim Magrane threw the ball reasonably well while earning his first KBO victory. Magrane threw five innings(110 pitches, 67 strikes) of one-run baseball. Magrane gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
SK first baseman Park Jeong-kwon and second baseman Jeong Geun-woo continued their hot start to the 2011 season. Park went 3-4 with a homer, three RBIs and one run scored. Jeong went 4-4 with a homer, two RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
KIA 7, Nexen 3
W - Aquilino Lopez (2-0), L - Kim Seong-tae (0-1)
KIA HR - Na Ji-wan (1) Nexen HR - Heo Joon (1), Corey Aldridge (3)
KIA's Aquilino Lopez is continuing his bounce back season. After being one of the league's top starters in 2009, Lopez struggled with injuries and performance issues throughout 2010. Lopez threw eight innings(98 pitches, 62 strikes) of two-run baseball. Lopez gave up five hits and one walk while striking out three.
KIA DH Na Ji-wan essentially was the KIA offense last night. Na blasted a two-run homer in the second inning and blasted a double in the eighth inning with the bases loaded. Na finished 2-4 with five RBIs and a run scored.
Doosan 4, Lotte 4(12)
Doosan HR - None Lotte HR - None
This game was ten kinds of ugly and gave us our first tie of the 2011 season
Lotte was trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth and Doosan brought in closer Lim Tae-hoon to finish the Giants off. DH Hong Seong-heun lead off the inning with walk and was quickly replaced by a pinch runner. First baseman Lee Dae-ho laced a single into left/center to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Lee was also lifted for a pinch runner. The runner on second was caught drifting off of the bag when catcher Kang Min-ho couldn't get a bunt down. The lead runner was tagged out, but the runner on first was able to advance to second. Kang was eventually retired for the second out, but center fielder Jeong Joon-woo put a line drive into right field to put runners on first and third. Shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon poked a single into left to drive in the tying run. Doosan was able to end the inning without being walked off, but it was on to extras. The two teams proceeded to stare at each other until the final outs were recorded in the twelfth inning.
Lotte made things exciting in the bottom of the twelfth. Left fielder Kim Ju-chan singled with two outs. Second baseman Cho Seong-hwan tagged a line drive into the gap in right/center. Kim made the turn at third and the third base coach was windmilling. The throw from the cut-off man was on line. The ball got to the plate about five feet ahead of Kim and a very weary outfielder was tagged out for the final out of the game.