Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/22)

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Doosan 7 - SK 7, Incheon [Box Score]

SK was up four runs early on scoring 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd, with third-baseman Choi Jeong and second-baseman Na Ju-Hwan both going yard. Wyvern first-baseman Park Jung-Kwon hit a solo shot of his own in the 6th to put the score at 5-1 SK. The Bears' bats showed up for the game late, but scored three in the 7th and two more in the 8th including another solo long ball by Bears third-baseman Lee Won-Seok to tie the game at 6 apiece. Doosan took a one run lead in the 9th on a single by Oh Jae-Il, who was an impressive four for five at the plate today. SK left the game at a tie by scoring a final run in the 9th on a Cho Dong-Hwa double. 

NC 9 - Samsung 4, Daegu [Box Score]

The Dinos started off the game with a Park Min-Woo triple that set the tone for the rest of the game's action.  While the triple itself led to only one run in the 1st, they scored four more in the 2nd, with two coming from a homerun by Na Sung-Bum. NC kept it up with two more runs in the 3rd from solo shots by favorite Coffee and Waffles (who went three for three with a walk on the day) and Na Sung-Bum's second blast of the game. Samsung came back with a four run 5th when Jeong Hyung-Sik went yard with two men on base, and Choi Hyeong-Woo decided he wanted a piece of that action too and hit a solo long ball himself. To put a nail in Samsung's coffin, Mo Chang-Min hit the fifth and final long ball of the game (with Coffee and Waffles on-base) in the top of the 7th. NC starter Lee Jae-Hak got the win with 42/3 innings pitched, 4 earned runs off  7 hits and a walk.

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

Slow and steady wins the race, at least it did in Jamsil today.  The Tigers scored individual runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th to take the win. Kang Han-Wool's double in the 5th started it off and he continued with a homerun in the 7th. The run in the 6th came from Cory Riordan walking the first three batters he faced to load the bases. LG's two runs came in the 8th on a two RBI single by pinch-hitter Jeong Seong-Hoon but it was too little, too late.  The final KIA run in the 9th was walked in by LG reliever Ryu Taek-Hyun. KIA's starter D.J. Houlton earned the win giving up no runs on three hits in six innings pitched.

Hanhwa 13 - Lotte 8, Busan [Box Score]

Hanhwa's fielding yet again allowed two unearned runs, this time at the hands of starting pitcher Yu Chang-Sik in the 3rd. Hanhwa's offense was feeling it, though, so managed to make up for their defensive trouble with run output. The Eagles got on the board in the top of the 1st with a single run, but the Giants tied it up immediately with a Son Ah-Seop homerun in the bottom of the inning. Both teams were really hitting the ball early on and the Giants had a one run lead going into the 8th when the Eagles' offense really let loose on Lotte reliever Hong Sung-Min, who gave up 8 hits for 7 earned runs to give Hanhwa the decisive win. Hanhwa reliever Yoon Keun-Young got the win on the day's best pitching, allowing only one hit in two innings, a valiant effort considering there were a total of 35 hits in the game.