Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/29)

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Nexen 8 - SK 3, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Nexen's hitting looked solid on opening day, jumping to an early lead and then never looking back. A great throw home by Vinny Rottino kept SK from scoring in the bottom of the 1st, and caused some excitement with a big collision at the plate. The teams traded runs in the 3rd, with Nexen scoring because SK third-baseman Choi Jeong botched a throw to first, allowing Vinny Rottino (1-4, and he hit into a double play) to reach second, rather than getting the easy out. This allowed Rottino to score off a big double by Yoo Han-Joon. SK's run came from a Luke Scott (1-2 on the day with 2 walks) long ball. The Heroes took the lead for good in the top of the 4th with a Rotino RBI single. Nexen scored two more runs in each of the 6th, 8th, and 9th innings to cement their lead, with a center-field triple by Kang Jung-Ho being the main highlight. SK scored another two runs in the 6th off a Park Jung-Kwon homerun but that was the extent of their offense. Andy Van Hekken gets the opening day win with 52/innings pitched, allowing two runs.

LG 4 - Doosan 5, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

LG was the first team on the board when Doosan starter Dustin Nippert walked in a run in the top of the 1st. The Bears (who, incidentally scored all five runs today via homerun) tied it up in the 2nd with a Yang Yui-Ji solo shot. The Twins retook the lead in the 3rd, scoring two runs including one by Josh Bell (0-2, two walks), who scored after reaching base on a walk. Bears foreign position player Jorge Cantu (2-4) put Doosan back in the lead in the 4th with a three run homerun and Oh Jae-Won put the icing on the cake with his solo blast in the 5th. Nippert took the win on five innings pitched and three earned runs.

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

A lack of communication cost the Lions the game, as an outfield collision turned an easy out into a a two run inning for KIA. Interestingly, it doesn't seem that Samsung is the only team not calling balls in the outfield, as the Wyvern's Luke Scott seemed pretty upset in the preseason over the center-fielder not waving him off. KIA right-fielder Sin Jong-Kil hit an RBI double to knock in the Tiger's second and final run of the inning (and game). Samsung's offense never managed to get going, and the Lions only scored a single run in the 6th when first-baseman Chae Tae-In doubled and then scored off a Park Seok-Min single. The foreign position players didn't fare well today, with Samsung's Yamaico Navarro going 0-4 with two strikeouts and KIA's Brett Pill not even taking the field. D.J. Houlton got the win on six innings pitched, giving up one run. It should be noted that Samsung starter Yoon Sung-Hwan was awarded the loss on seven strong innings pitched with no earned runs, no walks and four hits. 

Hanhwa - Lotte, Busan Rained Out