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Sunday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/09)

Mar
10

Lotte 14 - NC 6, Masan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC left fielder Kim Jong-Ho lead off the bottom of the 1st with a homerun to give the Dinos an early 1-0 lead. NC managed to extend the lead to 4-0 in the 2nd, but the rest of the game belonged to the Lotte Giants. The Giants recorded a total of 16 hits, 4 of which were homeruns, including a grand slam by DH Jang Sung-Ho in the top of the 7th. NC pitcher Thad Weber had an OK start, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings, but the Giants batters made it look easy against the NC bullpen. Lotte completed the sweep of the 2-game pre-season series and will face the Doosan Bears in Gimhae on Tuesday, while the Dinos will host the LG Twins in Masan.

Doosan 4 - Nexen 4, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Doosan DH Hong Seong-Heun hit a solo-homerun in the top of the 2nd to put the Bears ahead 2-0. Doosan answered with a run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings to tie the score at 2-2. Nexen's scoring continued in the bottom of the 5th with a 2-RBI double from pinch hitter Lee Taek-Keun to put the Heroes ahead 4-2. The lead would hold until the top of the 8th where Nexen reliever Kang Yoon-Koo walked 3 batters and gave up a single, tying the score at 4-4. Both teams came up empty in the 9th and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. (Extra innings are not played during pre-season games.)

Hong Seong-Heun's solo homerun, followed by "chin bumps".

Kia 8 - Samsung 3, Daegu [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The score was tied at 1 run each after 3 innings. KIA took the lead for good in the top of the 4th on a 2-RBI triple by catcher Baek Yong-Hwan. The Tigers would build on the lead, adding one more run in the 5th and a big four runs in the 8th to seal the victory. Samsung starting pitcher Bae Young-Soo, who lead the league in wins last year, earned the loss. The win was credited to KIA starter Song Eun-Beom who gave up 3 hits and 1 run in 4 innings of work. The Lions will try to bounce back against the SK Wyverns in Daegu on Tuesday, while KIA will continue their road trip, heading to Seoul to face the Nexen Heroes.

SK 1 - Hanhwa 3, Daejeon [Box Score]

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Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/08)

Mar
08

Kia 1 - Samsung 2, Daegu [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Aside from Samsung first baseman Lee Seung-Yeop's triple in the bottom of the second, the game remained hitless through the 4th. The 5th saw matching singles from both teams, but neither side was able to capitalize. Finally, in the 7th inning, Samsung drew first blood, with short stop Kim Sang-Su scoring and Lee Seung-Yeop's bat driving in the run. Samsung pinch hitter Mun Seon-Yeob was thrown out on the basepath and Kia pitcher Han Seung-Hyeok balked, so the Tigers were lucky to allow only the one run. In the bottom of the 8th, Kia struck back when catcher Baek Yong-Hwan's triple led to a run on an error by Kim Jae-Hyeon. Their celebration was short lived, though, as losing pitcher Park Joon-Pyo walked two consecutive batters to push left fielder Lee Sang-Hun home and give pinch hitter Kim Tae-Wan the game winning 'good eye' RBI. Samsung's Cho Hyeon-Keun was credited with the win for 1 1/3 inning's work, with one unearned run.

Lotte 5 - NC 1, Masan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Lotte was on the board first in the top of the 3rd with double doubles by third baseman Hwang Jae-Gyun and catcher Lee Seung-Hwa (RBI). The Dinos tied it up in the 5th when a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Lee Jong-Wook advanced catcher Kim Tae-Goon to second, allowing him to score off first baseman Eric Thames double. In the top of the 6th Lotte had a two out rally which saw first baseman Jang Sung-Ho drive in the game winning run. The following inning the Giants put the game out of reach by capitalizing on back to back walks to have a three run inning. The game ended anticlimactically when the Dino's couldn't capitalize on two walks in the bottom of the 9th and first baseman Lee Hyun-Gon left both runners stranded, striking out looking.

Doosan 3 - Nexen 10, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

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NC's Eric Thames adjusting to Korea

Mar
08

One of the major off-season news stories this year is a change in the KBO rules to allow teams to sign more foreign players. Previously, teams were allowed to have only 2 foreign players on their roster. Starting in 2014, teams will now be allowed to have 3 foreign players, but only 2 can play in any single game. In the past most teams opted to sign foreign pitchers, but due to the rule changes, there has been an influx of foreign position players in the KBO.

One of the new foreign players is NC Dinos first baseman Eric Thames. Thames made his MLB debut in 2011 for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also spent time in the Seattle, Baltimore, and Houston organizations before signing with NC in December 2013. On the first day of pre-season games, Thames turned in arguably the best performance among the new crop of foreign hitters. A brief article appeared in My Daily with some quotes from Thames. A translation is below.

Eric Thames

NC's Eric Thames adjustment to Korea going off without a hitch

In a March 8 preseason game against the Lotte Giants Thames batted 3rd in the lineup and played first base going 2 for 3 at the plate with 1 RBI. Thames's 5th inning double tied the game at 1-1 for the Dinos. NC would go on to lose the game 5-1, but Thames was a bright spot for the team.

On a chilly day for baseball, Thames said "It's really cold, but the cheering fans were great. I really enjoy the atmosphere at the stadium. I'm excited to play the next game."

During the exhibition game, Thames had a chance to get a feel for the Korean pitchers. Thames is doing his best to learn all of the nuances of Korean pitching. "Korean pitchers throw a lot of breaking balls, and not just standard breaking pitches, there are underhand pitches and a lot of different things so I've really had to practice a lot."

Thames has only been in Korea for 5 days, and he has never visited Korea before.

When asked about his first impressions of Korea, Thames said "Two things. Coffee and waffles."

"The team provided an apartment for me and the area is great. It's a well developed city," Thames said. "There is a place nearby that sells coffee and waffles. It's really good. I've eaten there five days in a row." he laughed.

"The team, my teammates, the stadium, I'm really happy with everything and I'm excited," Thames said, appearing to have no major problems adjusting to Korea.

Thames's comments are in stark contrast to former NC Dino's picther Adam Wilk, who said in an article last week that he did not enjoy his time in Korea, in particular his team-provided apartment. 

Speaking of cold weather, here's what SK Wyverns DH Luke Scott was wearing today.

Luke Scott

Scott, another new foreign player this year, went 0-2 with a walk in SK's 4-1 victory over the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon. Let's hope the weather warms up soon.

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First Pitch

Mar
01

After a long winter it is finally time for someone to mow the outfield, rake the basepaths, dust off homeplate.kr and shout out the two immortal words we have all been waiting for.  Play Ball!

With the realization that the preseason starts a week from today, Nick and I had a nice little chat about getting the tumbleweeds off the site and preparing for the onslaught of the 2014 Pro Yagu season. Since this is both the year of my return to the land of the morning calm and the year in which I am sure that the beloved Hanhwa Eagles will break their fifteen year drought and win the Korean Series, I magnanimously agreed to help Nick with the site. Or, it is equally possible that I begged him to let me help. I begged.

While getting reacquainted with the KBO after several years trapped in the baseball-less tropics, it came to my attention that the Nexen Heroes were playing a spring training game against the reviled SK Wyverns. I was chagrined that it wasn't being televised until I found that the game was, in fact, being live-streamed on the Spotv Youtube channel. Fortuitously, my television is internet capable and my years long baseball drought made it so that I didn't even mind watching through poor resolution and a choppy framerate.

It being spring training I think that the only people who cared less about the outcome of the game than me were the players themselves, but this was baseball and it was good. Being able to join the 'crowd', made up of the approximately two dozen people watching from the stands (of which maybe five were fans, the rest being uninterested wives, girlfriends, and the occasional transient using the concrete bleachers as a windbreak) and the fifteen hundred or so tuned into the Youtube stream was a powerful thing. 

Sure, the Heroes never managed to take the lead and the distasteful Wyverns basically controlled the game for its nine inning entirety, but it was baseball. That means spring is coming. Soon birds will be chirping, we will be seeing the first green buds appearing on the resurrected trees, days will be getting longer and before long we will be with our friends, our fellow fans, and of course our teams; eating chicken with our fingers, drinking cold Cass or Hite by the cup or the can, having another great afternoon at the ball park.  Play Ball!

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A Lesson on Losing from Korean Baseball Fans

Nov
08

Our team lost the championship (actually we blew it), and then we celebrated for the next 8 hours. It isn’t that Korean fans don't take the game as seriously as American fans, there were two women next to weeping as they continued to cheer after the final out. They have intense passion but they prefer celebrating and support to animosity. After all, baseball is supposed to be fun, right?

My heart sank as Oh Seoung Hwan, the star Korean closer whom Yankee fans may become very familiar with by next spring, recorded the final out. We lost. The Korean Series was over. Seoul’s beloved Doosan Bears had shocked the world (peninsula (southern half)) and advanced all the way to the final round of the Korean Baseball Postseason.  They faced the heavily favored and two time defending champions, the Samsung Lions, the “Yankees of Korea.” The Bears played brilliantly in the first four games and took a surprising 3 games to 1 advantage in the series, only to become, a few days later, the first team in Korean history to lose such a lead. Even the loyalist of baseball fan could be prompted to offer a “boo” in this situation.

The final games of the series were played four hours south of Seoul in the southern city of Daegu. Over 10,000 fans showed up to stadium in Seoul to watch their Bears claim the title on the empty stadium’s gigantic centerfield scoreboard.  Korean fans, similar to their Japanese counterparts, are famous for their game long singing. From before the first pitch to after the final out, fans of Korean teams stand, bang inflatable sticks together, and cheer on their players. Each player has a unique song that is belted out for the duration of his at bat. The Bears even have a specific song to celebrate a routine base on balls.

All of the energy normally poured into a Korean game was intensified during Game 7. As had happened in Game 6, the Bears took an early lead only to watch it fade. Not only did the Bears lose the three game series lead, the way we lost game 7 was brutal.  Leftfielder Kim Hyun Soo literally punted a bloop single into a double that led to the Lion’s first run, and then it all fell apart on a routine grounder in the 6th. With the bases loaded, American pitcher, Derek Hankins, induced a weak grounder to third that looked like it would become an inning ending double play. Instead, Lee Wan Seok’s throw home hit the runner in the helmet and bounced over into our own dugout. Instead of two outs, two runs scored. The next pitch resulted in single scoring two more runs. It was over. It’s one thing to lose; it’s a whole other situation when your team seemingly gives a game away. I was mad; my chance to experience crazy celebration had just evaporated. Or so I thought.  I was completed unprepared for what happened in the stadium after the final out was made.

No sulking. No booing. Instead, everyone went crazy. The sound system started to play our “Bears fighting song.” Though disappointed, the masses stayed on their feet. As previously mentioned, two girls next to we were literally crying and singing at the same time. We went through the songs of each of the players in our line-up twice before we moved on to our bench players. For over an hour, after 'blowing' the championship, we sang. With each song we became more joyful. We literally cheered ourselves into feeling better. We reminded ourselves that, this is supposed to be fun. We love this team and we just had a great season. No one thought we would make it this far. Then we took the reinging champs to seven games . We just spent 3 hours watching a giant TV with 10,000 other people and we sang and drank beers the whole time. Why on earth would we be sad? Our team just had the best three weeks of the season!

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Wasted Opportunities Come Back to Haunt Bears in Game 6

Nov
01

          The smile on Bae Myeong Soo’s face said it all. It’s not customary to see such a bright countenance on a pitcher who trails in the second inning, but Bae realized the significance of what had just occurred. The Baseball gods had just given him and his Lion teammates a big break. Trailing already 1-0 thanks to a Jeong Soo Bin leadoff homer in the first, the Bears were knocking on the door again. They had already knocked starter Baen Deon Heoul out after he struggled with his command. With 2 outs in the second, Kim Hyun Soo strode to the plate with the bases loaded. The Bears appeared to be one big hit away from claiming the 4th championship in team history. Bae Myeong Soo missed his spot and Kim Hyung Soo hit a deep fly to the opposite field. The shot sent left fielder Chae Tae In to the warning track where he hauled it in for the final out. Soo missed a grand slam by a meter. Bae Myeong Soo and the Lions narrowly escaped from what would have been a sure knockout blow; hence, Bae’s huge grin as he walked back to the home dugout.

        The Bears were right back at it in the third, loading the bases with only one out. At this point in the game, only 7 Bears hitters had been retired while 9 had reached base. Once again, the Bears were one big blow away from breaking everything open and giving starter Dustin Nippert a commanding lead. Instead, Samsung’s third pitcher in as many innings, Cha Woo Chan, induced a weak double play ball from Bear catcher Choi Jae Hoon. The Bears had just missed two enormous chances to take a big lead. Underdog teams only get so many chances.

         The rest of the story was predictable. If you let the two time defending champs get off the hook, they will make you pay. The Bears did get another monster shot (and impressive bat flip) from the mammoth Choi Jun Seok, but the Lions scored the game’s final 5 runs. Nippert was strong but perhaps pushed past his limit. He allowed a 6th inning homerun to Chae Tae In that surrendered the lead and he was faltering again in the seventh. It appeared his night was finished. He was over 100 pitches and had just allowed a second man to reach with 2 outs. Bears manager Kim Jin Wook went out to the mound. In a surprising move, he left a tiring Nippert in to face Park Han Lee. The decision proved costly, Park’s three run homer put the game out of reach. For a moment in the top of the 9th, Lee Jong Wook thought he had delivered a three run homer off All-Star closer Ho Sung Hwan, but the long fly turned out to be the game’s final out as it landed harmlessly into the leftfielder’s mitt. Game 6 final: Lions 6, Bears 2.

          It all comes down to this, a Game 7. Yu Hui-Kwan gets the ball for the Bears. Samsung will counter with Jam Wong Sam. The Bears’ once certain upset Championship is in grave danger of ending in major disappointment. Lions and Bears supporters in the Seoul area will be able to watch the game for free at Jamsil Stadium on the jumbo center field scoreboard. Doors open at 5, the game starts at 6. – Matt Vriesman

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Doosan Misses their Chance to Celebrate at Home, Series Heads Back to Daegu

Oct
30

As the Doosan Bears make the long four hour bus ride back to Daegu, they certainly must be shaking their heads and imagining what might have been. There was an air of electricity last night at Jamsil Stadium. The Bears, almost inconceivably, had a chance to take down the reigning champions and heavily favored Samsung Lions in front of their home crowd.  The Bears had their ever trusted Noh Kyung Eun on the mound. A few days earlier, Noh was brilliant, shutting down the heavy hitting Lions in Game 1 of the Korean Series. The Bears were threatening to shock the peninsula and become the first 4th place team to snatch the KBO crown. Unfortunately, things did't turn out that way and now they head back to the Lions’ den, where Samsung will be trying to become the first team in KBO history to come back from a three games to one deficit.

After a short weather delayed start, it appeared that nerves had gotten the best of Noh Kyung Eun. With the end of their season staring them in the face, Samsung came out swinging. Before most of the sold out crowd of over 25,000 were able to settle in their seat last night, Samsung had a 3-0 lead. After retiring the first two hitters, Samsung first sacker, Chae Tae In launched an opposite field shot to put the Lions on the board. Noh seemed rattled after receiving a new ball. He was touched for four straight hits as chants of “An-ta” came streaming down from the Samsung faithful. Three first inning runs seemed to be exactly what the Lions needed.

After being shutout over the final 8 innings on Monday night, it was imperative for the Bears to get on the board and respond to the Lions first inning outburst. Samsung starter Yoon Sung Hwan had struggled earlier in the series and Bears Manager Kim Jin Wook apparently felt the urgency to make something happened in the first.  In an unorthodox move, Kim decided to send base runner Jeong Su Bin with two outs. The team trailed by three runs and had home run hitter Choi Jun Seok at the plate. Conventional wisdom says that trailing by three early with your “Big Man” at the dish, you let him swing away and hope he drives one out of the park. Instead, Kim was aggressive, and sent Jeong Su Bin. It turned out to be the wrong decision as Jeong was thrown out by a foot.  The poor decision was further accentuated when Choi Jun Seok indeed delivered a long, no doubter of a homerun to lead off the bottom of the second. The deficit was cut to 3-1 but, the Bears must have been thinking, “oh, what could have been!”

The Bears showed fight all night in what turned out to be a thrilling Game 5. After a Choi Hyung Woo 3rd inning homerun gave Samsung a 4-1 lead, the Bears responded immediately. The big hit came from Oh Jae Il. The big first basemen sent a rocket up the gap in left field that scored Kim Hyun Soo and Choi Jun Seok. The shot tied the game and Jamsil Stadium was literally rocking on its foundation. That will be the moment that the Bears will undoubtedly think of on the drive down to Daegu. In that moment, vicotry seemed unavoidable. As the first baseline of fans exploded waving their white Bears flags, and Oh Jae Il stood at second, punching his fist in the air, it was hard not to notice the slumping shoulders of the Lions players. The men in blue jerseys seemed shocked. After losing the large early lead, they seemed destined for defeat. Samsung then called on their young fireballer Ahn Ji Man. Ahn was able to induce an inning ending double play off the bat of Son Shi Hyun and miraculously, the game stayed tied moving into the 4th.

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Tuesday KBO Game Highlights (2013/08/20)

Aug
21

LG 5 - Nexen 3, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

LG shortstop Kwon Yong-Gwan hit an RBI single in the top of the 1st to put the Twins ahead 2-0, a lead the team would hold onto throughout the game. LG scored 2 more in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th to extend the lead to 5-2. Nexen center fielder Lee Taek-Keun hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 8th, but it wasn't enough for the Heroes to pull off the comeback. LG starter Shin Jung-Rak earned the win after allowing 5 hits and 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings. The loss went to Nexen's Kim Young-Min. With Samsung losing tonight, LG moved into first place in the league standings. It is the first time since July 16, 1997 that LG has been in first place after the All Star break.

SK 8 - Samsung 4, Daegu [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

SK continues their late season surge by knocking off first place Samsung tonight. Samsung held onto an early 1-0 lead heading into the 5th inning, but in the top of the 5th SK managed to score 4 runs off of 2 walks, an error, a double, a triple, and a sacrifice fly. The Wyverns added 4 more in the top of the 8th, including a 2-run homerun from pinch hitter Han Dong-Min. Samsung actually finished the game with more hits than SK (12 - 9), but the Samsung pitching staff gave up a total of 8 walks and the defense committed 3 errors to give SK plenty of baserunners to work with. Chris Seddon got the win for SK while the loss went to Samsung's Cha Woo-Chan. SK has won 8 of their last 10 and is only 3.5 games behind Nexen for the final playoff position. Samsung, on the other hand, has lost 7 of their last 10 and dropped to second place following tonight's loss.

NC 8 - Doosan 6, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

After 3 scoreless innings, NC got on the board in a big way, scoring 5 runs in the top of the 4th including 5 singles, a double and a 3-run homerun from first baseman Cho Yeong-Hun. The Dinos extended the lead to 8-0 by the 7th inning. The Bears did their best to attempt a comeback, scoring 2 runs in each of the final 3 innings, but it wasn't enough. NC starting pitcher Charlie Shirek earned the win after allowing 6 hits and 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings. Doosan starter Derek Hankins had another disappointing start as NC batters hit .455 against him, scoring 6 runs off of 10 hits in 5 innings.

Lotte 4 - Hanwha 0, Daejeon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

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Sunday KBO Game Highlights (2013/08/18)

Aug
19

SK 9 - Doosan 0, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

SK put the hurt on Doosan tonight. The Wyverns put 9 runs on the board while holding Doosan to just 3 hits. SK first baseman Park Jung-Kwon went 3 for 5 and third baseman Choi Jeong finished 2 for 5 including a 2-run homerun in the top of the 4th. SK starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes earned the win after allowing just 2 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The loss went to Doosan starter Lee Jae-Woo. SK continues their hot streak, having only lost 2 out of their last 10 games. The Wyverns are only 4.5 games behind Nexen for the final playoff position.

Nexen 5 - Samsung 4, Pohang [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Nexen scored 4 runs in the top of the 3rd and added 1 more in the top of the 4th on a solo homerun by center fielder Yoo Han-Joon to give the Heroes an early 5-1 lead. Samsung's Park Seok-Min hit a 2-run homerun in the bottom half of the 4th to bring the score to 5-3. The score would remain until the bottom of the 9th when Samsung left fielder Bae Yeong-Seop hit an RBI single to bring Samsung within 1. Jeong Hyeon-Sik came to the plate with 1 out and 2 runners on base but hit into a double play to end the game. Nexen starter Moon Sung-Hyun got the win and closer Son Seung-Lak earned his 30th save of the season. The Loss went to Samsung's Jang Won-Sam.

KIA 7 - LG 4, Gunsan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

LG held the lead with a score of 5-2 late in the game, but KIA came through with a huge 5-run 8th inning for the win. The Tigers were lead by DH Sin Jong-Kil who went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored and catcher Cha Il-Mok who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. KIA's new American pitcher Duane Below made his first relief appearance after 2 shaky starts. He pitched 2 perfect innings and earned his first KBO win. The loss went to LG reliever Lee Sang-Ryeol.

NC 6 - Lotte 6, Busan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC was up 6-3, but Lotte managed to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, including back-to-back doubles from Jeong Hoon and Son Ah-Seop to send the game to extra innings. Neither team managed to score in the extra frames and the game ended in a 6-6 tie.

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Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2013/08/17)

Aug
18

Samsung 2 - Nexen 1, Pohang [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Samsung took the early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from designated hitter Lee Seung-Yeop in the bottom of the 1st. Nexen would tie the score at 1-1 on an RBI double by catcher Hur Do-Hwan in the top of the 3rd. The tie, however, would not last long, as Samsung retook the lead for good in the bottom of the 4th when catcher Lee Ji-Young drove in Kim Tae-Wan from second base. Both teams managed to put several runners on base, but there was no scoring during the final 5 innings and the game ended 2-1. Nexen has only won 2 of their last 10 games and appears to be in real danger of falling out of the playoff picture, with Lotte now only 2 games behind them.

LG 4 - KIA 3, Gunsan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

LG scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st and never trailed in this game. KIA fought back, scoring 1 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th. The game winner for LG came in the form of an RBI triple by second baseman Son Joo-In in the top of the 6th inning. Ryu Jae-Kuk was the winning pitcher for LG, while Bong Jung-Keun earned his 30th save of the season. The loss went to KIA's Henry Sosa. Sosa has not earned a win since June 19th, nearly 2 months ago. His struggles reflect the struggles of the team. The Tigers have lost 5 games in a row and 8 of their last 10.

Lotte 5 - NC 3, Busan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Lotte scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd for an early 3-0 lead. Each team scored 1 run in the 5th to bring the score to 4-1. Lotte added 1 more in the bottom of the 8th on Hwang Jae-Gyun's RBI single. NC's Cho Yeong-Hun hit a 2-run homerun in the top of the 9th to bring the score to 5-3, but that's as close as the Dinos would be able to get. Lotte's Kim Sa-Yul earned the win after allowing 4 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. It was Kim's first win as a starter since September 19, 2002. NC's Adam Wilk was stuck with the loss after giving up 3 runs and 4 hits in just 2 innings. 

Doosan 4 - SK 1, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

SK scored their only run of the night on an RBI single by Choi Jeong in the top of the 1st. The rest of the game was all Doosan. The Bears scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take the lead and added a run each in the 6th and 7th. Doosan starting pitcher No Kyeong-Eun pitched 7 innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 7 batters for the win. The loss went to SK's Yoon Hi-Sang. Doosan may be the hottest team in the league right now, having won 5 games in a row and 8 of their last 10.

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