Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/04/05)

Hanhwa 2 - SK 6, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Hanhwa's short-stop Song Kwang-Min is setting the world on fire, committing an error in the 7th today which makes five errors in six games so far this season for the butterfingered Eagle. Caleb Clay started off rocky, allowing the first four Wyvern's batters to reach base, including hitting Luke Scott (0-1, HBP, BB, IBB) with a pitch and giving up a run.  He settled down after that and pitched solidly through the 5th. The Eagles scored two runs themselves in the 2nd, with catcher Kim Min-Soo knocking both in on a solid single, but that's all SK's starter Ross Wolf would allow on the day. The Wyverns had a four run 6th inning, taking advantage of a tired Clay when the coaching staff left him in the game longer than they should have probably figuring that a tired Clay is better than a rested Hanhwa bullpen. The Wyverns scored one last run in the 8th to put the nail in the coffin and that was the game. Ross Wolf picked up the win on six innings pitched allowing 5 hits, giving up 3 walks and 2 earned runs. Hanhwa's Felix Pie went 1-4 on the day, not helping his team out much in the offense department.

KIA 9 - Doosan 6 Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Doosan got on the board early scoring a run when the first two batters of the game were walked. KIA came back with two runs in the 5th off an An Chi-Hong double, another in the 6th and five more in the 7th, including a lead off triple by An Chi-Hong. They scored their final run in the top of the 9th off a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Kang Han-Wool. Doosan came back gamely with single runs in each of the 6th and the 8th and mounted a late game rally in the bottom of the 9th, scoring three. The Tiger's Brett Pill went 3-5 on the day, collecting an RBI and a run scored while Doosan's Jorge Cantu took the day off. KIA starter Song Eun-Bom got the win on 6 ⅔ innings pitched allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. The Tiger's Jairo Ascencio gave up an an earned run on four hits and one walk in a single inning pitched.

Samsung 4 - Lotte 6 Ulsan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Samsung's starting pitcher Rick Vandenhurk got off to a rocky start, allowing four runs in the 1st inning, giving the Giants a lead they wouldn't look back from. The Lions did score two runs off a long ball by DH Lee Seong-Yeop in the 2nd, but Lotte answered with another two runs in the 5th when the biggest man in the league (according to my untrained eye anyway) Choi Jun-Seok hit his own two run blast. The Lion's came back with two final runs in the 9th, but never managed to take control of the scoreboard. Shane Youman picked up the win for the Lions allowing 7 hits and no walks in 5 innings and giving up 2 runs. Yamaico Navarro went 2-5 on the day with an RBI, and we are awaiting the return of Lotte's Jimenez, who is recovering from injury.

Nexen 9 - NC 6, Masan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Five homeruns total in this game, and all of NC's six runs came from the long ball. Dino's center-fielder Na Sung-Bum hit his third homerun of the year to get the action started in the 2nd. Then in the 5th Ji Seok-Hun started the inning off with a solo shot and Lee Ho-Jun ended it with a grand salami. This wasn't enough to keep Nexen's dominant offense at bay, however, who started off with a three run 3rd. Hero's DH Lee Seong-Yeol hit a solo blast in the 6th, and then Nexen took the victory with a five run 7th which was anchored on a two run fence clearing shot by right-fielder Yoo Han-Joon. Nexen's middle reliever Ma Jung-Kil picked up his second win on a single inning pitched allowing 1 hit and no runs. Coffee and Waffles was lukewarm today, going 1-5 and the Heroe's Vinny Rottino spend another day in the dugout after being given a chance yesterday and going 0-3 with a walk.