Doosan 10, KIA 6
W - Dustin Nippert (2-0), L - Yang Hyeon-jong (0-1), S - Kim Seong-bae (1)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok (1) KIA HR - Lee Beom-ho (2)
This was another KBO game that felt like it took 87 hours to complete.
Dustin Nippert pitched well enough to earn the W and, thanks to the Doosan offense, he did. Nippert threw five innings(99 pitches, 66 strikes) of two-run baseball. Dustin allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out six.
Doosan jumped all over KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong and the KIA bullpen early and often
Doosan first baseman Choi Jun-seok hit a grand slam in the third inning to give Doosan an early 4-1 lead. Yang would finish the inning, but it would be the last time we would see him on Friday night.
Doosan picked up an insurance run in the fourth and posted another four-run inning in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead.
KIA third baseman Lee Beom-ho hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to make the game look a lot closer than the 10-6 final would indicate. Lee finished the game 2-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored, a homer and two walks.
KIA never really threatened to get back into this one after Yang and the KIA bullpen in the early innings.
Nexen 3, Lotte 0
W - Brandon Knight (1-1), L - Bryan Corey (1-1), S - Park Joon-su (1)
Nexen HR - None Lotte HR - None
Brandon Knight was awesome against the potent Lotte offense. Knight threw 7 2/3 innings(111 pitches, 64 strikes) of shutout baseball. Knight gave up only four hits and three walks while striking out four.
In the third inning, Nexen third baseman Jeong Yeong-sik lead off the inning with a ground rule double. With one out, infielder Kim Min-woo hit a double to left to score Jeong. Kim would later score on a double from right fielder Yoo Han-joon to give Nexen a 2-0 lead.
Nexen picked up an insurance run in the fifth when Jeong Yeong-sik singled, advanced to third on a sac bunt and a ground out and then scored on an error by Lotte third baseman Jeon Joon-woo.
SK 3, Samsung 1
W - Jeong Byeong-doo (2-0), L - Jeong Hyeon-wook (0-2), S - Jeong Dae-hyeon (2)
SK HR - Jeong Geun-woo (1), Jeong Sang-ho (1) Samsung HR - None
This game was tied at one in the bottom of the seventh when SK catcher Jeong Sang-ho crushed a two-run homer to left off of Samsung reliever Jeong Hyeon-wook to put the Wyverns ahead for good.
Gary Glover was stuck with a ND, but threw 6 1/3 innings(119 pitches, 74 strikes) of one-run baseball. The Glove allowed only six hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Samsung ace Cha Woo-chan threw six innings(109 pitches, 62 strikes) and only gave up one run. Cha surrendered six hits and six walks while striking out four.
LG 8, Hanhwa 4
W - Radhames Liz (1-1), L - Ryu Hyeon-jin (0-2), S - Lee Dong-hoon (1)
LG HR - Yoon Sang-gyun (1), Cho In-seong (1) Hanhwa HR - Kang Dong-woo (2)
Hanhwa ace Ryu Hyeon-jin looks like a guy who's trying to strike out everyone on every pitch. He looks like he's overthrowing everything and missing his spots. Pitches are either in the dirt for balls or up in the zone for hits. He looks like he's a start or two away from finding a groove.
Ryu threw six innings(112 pitches, 70 strikes), but gave up seven runs(six earned). Ryu allowed eight hits and five walks while striking out five.
Radhames Liz looked competent while earning his first KBO win. Liz tossed six innings(114 pitches, 64 strikes) of four-run baseball(three earned). Liz gave up three hits and five walks while striking out eight.
LG catcher Cho In-seong lead the Twins offense. Cho went 3-4 with a homer, three RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. DH Yoon Sang-gyun went 2-4 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored.