Friday KBO Game Highlights (2013/08/02)

LG 4 - Samsung 2, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

This matchup between the 1st and 2nd place teams in the league remained scoreless through 5 1/2 innings. LG finally got on the board in the bottom of the 6th when right fielder Lee Jin-Young hit an RBI single to put the Twins ahead 1-0. Later in the same inning, with 2 outs on the board, captain Lee Byeong-Kyu hit a 2-run homerun to put LG up 3-0. Esmailin Caridad made his KBO debut coming out of the bullpen for Samsung in the 7th inning. Caridad pitched 1 inning, faced 4 batters, and gave up 1 single. Samsung finally had their chance in the top of the 8th. Third baseman Park Seok-Min came to the plate with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Park hit a double to leftfield, scoring 2 runs, but it wasn't enough to catch up. The next batter, pinch hitter Bae Yeong-Seop, grounded out and the inning was over. In the bottom of the 8th LG added an insurance run on an RBI single by Jeong Ui-Yoon. Samsung went down 1-2-3 in the 9th and the game was over.

NC 4 - Hanwha 0, Changwon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC center fielder Na Sung-Bum hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st to put the Dinos ahead 1-0. It would eventually prove to be the only run the team needed, but the Dinos added 3 more in the bottom of the 3rd to make the score 4-0. NC starting pitcher Charlie Shirek pitched 8 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 9 batters. Shirek earned his 7th win of the season. Yu Chang-Sik pitched 4 innings and took the loss for Hanwha. Yu's record now stands at 1-7 for the season. The NC Dinos have now won 4 games in a row, and 6 of their last 7.

Interview with NC pitcher Charlie Shirek (English)

Doosan 6 - SK 4, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Newcomer Derek Hankins got his second KBO start tonight for Doosan. Hankins pitched 5 innings and gave up 8 hits, 5 walks, and 3 runs. Chris Seddon started for SK, pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs. The score was 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 9th. SK first baseman Park Jung-Kwon lead off the inning with a solo homerun to tie the score at 4-4. The score remained tied until the top of the 11th when Doosan's Kim Hyun-Soo drove in Min Byeong-Heon with a double to put the Bears ahead. Son Si-Hyun was up next and added another run with an RBI single to make the score 6-4. SK came up empty in the bottom of the 11th. SK has now lost 4 home games in a row.

Nexen 6 - KIA 4, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The score was tied 4-4 late in the game. Nexen took the lead in the top of the 8th, mostly as a result of a KIA defensive meltdown. With 2 outs already on the board, 2 runs scored after a balk by relief pitcher Choi Hyang-Nam and an error by third baseman Lee Bum-Ho. Luck has just not been on KIA's side lately. The Tigers have lost 4 games in a row, all at home in Gwangju.