Friday Night wrap-up (2013/04/12)

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Nexen 3 - Samsung 0, Seoul (Mokdong)

This was a low scoring game, featuring quite solid pitching from both teams, but late in the game Nexen's bullpen proved to be the stronger on this particular night. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning. Samsung reliever Kwon Hyuk was brought into the game to start the inning. He accomplished one of baseball's rare but dubious statistical feats, earning a loss by throwing only one pitch in a game. His first and only pitch struck Nexen batter Seo Geon-Chang allowing the go-ahead run to reach first base. Kwon was pulled and replaced by Ahn Ji-Man, who got a pop-out and a walk from the next two batters. This left runners on first and second with Nexen's Park Byung-Ho at the plate. Park hit a grounder to the third base side, Samsung got the out at second, but was unable to convert the double play, leaving runners at first and third with two outs for Nexen's Kang Jung-Ho. With the count at 3-1, Kang hit one deep to left field, sailing over the fence to give Nexen a three-run lead which would prove to be all that they needed. Nexen closer Son Seung-Lak shut down the Samsung bats in the 9th, earning his 7th save of the season.

Lotte 3 - Doosan 3, Seoul (Jamsil)

This was certainly the most anticlimactic game of the night. The game lasted 5 hours and 5 minutes (longest of the season so far) and saw a combined total of 14 pitchers see action, only to end in an unsatisfying tie. (for readers new to the KBO, in Korea, games that remain tied after 12 innings simply end in a tie. I hate it, and plan to write a post with more details about this rule at some point in the future. Stay tuned.) Lotte had the early lead, up 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Doosan had runners at first and second with no outs, when Doosan's Hong Seong-Heun hit a single up the middle which allowed one run to score, and leaving runners at first and second still with no outs. A botched bunt attempt by Doosan led to the runner at second being thrown out. However, Lotte reliever Kim Sa-Yul allowed the Bears to stay in the game, walking the next better, and then throwing a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with one out. The next batter, Hur Kyoung-Min, hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring the tying run home. Son Si-Hyun struck out to end the inning, leaving the score tied at 3-3. Doosan appeared to have the momentum going forward. Lotte bats were relatively quiet for the remainder of the game. Doosan was able to put a lot of runners on base, but they couldn't get any accross the plate, leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, and stranding two runners in the bottom of the 12th.

SK 5 - NC 3, Changwon

NC was unable to follow up their first ever franchise win on Thursday night with a second win. SK took the early lead in the top of the 1st when Han Dong-Min hit a two run homer with two outs. NC scored a couple later in the game, but it was never enough to catch up with SK. SK's Yoon Hi-Sang got his first win of the season while NC's Adam Wilk dropped to 0-2.

LG 6 - Hanwha 1, Daejeon

There isn't a lot to be said about this one. LG took the lead early in the game and never looked back. Hanwha put a total of eight pitchers on the mound, but none of them could shut down the Twins. LG's Ben Jukich earned his first win of the season, and Hanwha delivered what we've come to expect. With the loss, Hanwha dropped to 0-11 for the season. One more loss on Saturday will tie the all time record for a season-opening losing streak, set by the 2003 Lotte Giants.