Saturday Game Highlights (2013/06/01)

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Lotte 2 - Samsung 1, Daegu

Lotte was on top from the beginning, scoring their first run in the top of the 1st on a string of three straight singles, with catcher Kang Min-Ho picking up the RBI. They added one more run in the top of the 2nd to increse their lead to 2-0. Samsung would score their only run in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Choi Hyeong-Woo. The final 6 innings were scoreless for both teams. Shane Youman earned the win, pitching 7 2/3 innings and giving up 6 hits, while Samsung's Bae Young-Soo took the loss. Lotte's winning streak now stands at five games.

NC 8 - Hanwha 3, Daejeon

Hanwha scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st, and held the lead for most of the game, but bullpen failures gave the game away in the late innings. The Dinos scored 2 runs each in the 6th and 7th and capped it off with 4 runs in the 9th. Adam Wilk earned the win for NC, going 7 innings while giving up 4 hits and 3 runs.

Doosan 8 - Nexen 4, Seoul (Jamsil)

Doosan took the lead early and never looked back. The Bears scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st and 3 in the 3rd to go ahead 7-0. Neither starting pitcher lasted long. Nexen's Kim Young-Min was pulled after giving up 6 runs in 2 innings, while Doosan's Garret Olson left the game after just 3 2/3 innings. The top hitter for the Bears was center fielder Lee Jong-Wook who went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

LG 7 - KIA 3, Gwangju

This game felt a lot like a replay of the game from last night, a relatively close game until LG had a huge inning late in the game. With the game tied at 2-2 after 7 innings, LG's offense came alive in the top of the 8th, putting 5 runs on the board. Perhaps even more impressive, all 5 runs were scored with 2 outs on the board. The inning ended with a total of 3 walks, 3 singles, and 2 doubles for the Twins. LG starter Ryu Jae-Kuk had a quality start, but the win went to reliever Lee Dong-Hyun. LG has now won 4 games in a row.

Here's something else I never noticed before this game... In the team logos, the "T" for Twins and the "T" for Tigers look remarkably similar. Here is an image from the score display on the TV broadcast.

Apparently I wasn't the only person who had a hard time telling the difference. Here's what it looked like in the 8th inning.