Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/04/12)

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Nexen 6 - Hanhwa 2, Daejeon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Hanhwa's shortstop woes might not be over. Han Sang-Hun didn't get credited with an error, but he definitely missed a ball he could have grabbed, so we are going to rename every Eagle player at the position Henry Skrimshander. Hanhwa jumped to an early one run lead on the effort of leadoff man Jeong Keun-Woo who had two doubles on the day and really legged it out from second to barely beat a tag at the plate for the run. That was the end of the Hanhwa offense, though, and Nexen was just getting started. A three run homerun in the 4th by Yoo Han-Joon started it off, and then the Heroes scored single runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th to cap it off. Vinny Rottino was named player of the game for going 3-4 with a solo shot in the 6th and Hanhwa's Felix Pie went 0-2 with two walks. The angriest man on the mound, Brandon Knight chalked up the win throwing for 5 ⅔ with 4 hits and 4 walks.

Today's MVP Vinny Rottino Interview (starts at 2:07)

SK 10 - Samsung 7, Daegu [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

A lot of back and forth today at Daegu.  The Lions were in the lead, 2-1 going into a huge 5th inning. The Wyverns put five runs on the board in the top of the inning, highlighted by DH Lee Jae-Won's base-clearing double. Samsung came back in the bottom of the inning, scoring four of their own to tie it up with back to back doubles by first-baseman Cha Tae-In and DH Lee Seung-Yeop. Also, not content with Hanhwa being the only team to have troubles at short, Wyverns shortstop Park Jin-Man managed to blow out his knee chasing a ball in the bottom of the 5th and was taken off the field in a stretcher. SK third-baseman Choi Jeong hit a two run long ball in the 7th to put the game out of reach and the rest is history. The Wyvern's Luke Scott took the day off today and Samsung's Yamaico Navarro went 0-4 with a walk. On the mound, SK's Jo-Jo Reyes didn't bring his A-game and gave up 6 earned runs off 6 hits and 5 walks in 4 ⅓ innings for no decision. Jeon Yoo-Soo threw 1 ⅔ innings allowing 1 hit and no runs to get the win.

NC 10 - LG 1, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Everett Teaford took the mound for his KBO debut this afternoon and pitched a solid 5 innings, giving up 1 earned run on just 4 hits and 2 walks. Unfortunately the Twin's bats let him down and he ended up getting pinned the loss. NC's bats on the other hand, came on strong late in the game with a three run 7th in which our favorite Coffee and Waffles (4-5 on the day) put one into the bleachers. The Twins put up their single run in the 8th off a Josh 'Golden' Bell (1-4) RBI single. To put the nail in the coffin, all the Dino's players got a chance at the plate in the 9th and they piled up five more runs. Lee Jae-Hak got his first win of the season giving up one run on 6 hits and 3 walks over 7 ⅔ innings pitched.

Everett Teaford Interview and Introduction to Korean Fans

Lotte 0 - KIA 3, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

It looks like Lotte used up all their runs yesterday and didn't have any juice left in their bats for today. KIA scored their first two runs in the 2nd, the first coming off a Sin Jong-Kil triple that bounced off the right-center field wall and had Lotte's outfielders scrambling.  The Tigers got their final run in the 7th off back to back doubles by left-fielder Kim Joo-Chan and first-baseman Brett Pill (1-3 and HBP). Lotte's recently returned Luis Jimenez didn't fare as well at the plate, going 0-4. KIA's starter Yang Hyeon-Jong earned the win giving up 2 hits and 4 walks over 7 full innings, and closer Jairo Acencio got the save on a single inning pitched, striking out 2 and giving up 1 hit.