Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/04/26)

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Samsung 1 - Nexen 11, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The Heroes showed KBO newcomer JD Martin what it is like to be a pitcher in the Korean league, by running up 7 runs in his 5 ⅓ innings pitched. Martin gave up 10 hits and 1 walk, with 3 of those hits being homeruns, 2 of which were off Kang Jung-Ho's bat. Nexen's Vinny Rottino got a piece of the pie, too, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. For the Lions, Yamaico Navarro went 2-3 with both hits being doubles and a walk. Nexen's Keum Min-Cheol got the win, pitching 6 ⅓ solid innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks.

SK 4 - Lotte 5, Busan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

SK had control of the game from the top of the first, but ended up blowing it in a bottom of the 9th, two out rally when Luis Jimenez hit a 2 RBI walk off single to end the game. Jimenez went 2-5 on the day with 2 RBIs and a run score. For SK, Luke Scott took a rest for the day, apparently he is recuperating a sore wrist. It was a foreign pitching battle, though, with Jo-Jo Reyes starting for the Wyverns and Chris Oxpring on the mound for Lotte. Reyes threw for 6 ⅓ giving up 7 hits and 3 walks that led to 3 earned runs. Oxpring pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 hits, 3 walks and 4 earned runs. Both pitchers ended the day with no decision. Chong Tae-Hyon got the win on 1 ⅓ innings pitched, 4 up and 4 down.

Doosan 6 - NC 2, Masan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC's offense just never managed to get started and Doosan took advantage of this for the win. Eric Thames did all right at the plate, though, going 2-4 with a single and a double, knocking in 1 of his team's 2 runs. Jorge Cantu did a bit better, going 3-4 with a single, a double and a homerun, picking up an RBI and scoring twice. That's Cantu's 6th long ball of the year, tying him with Thames and putting them both a single bomb behind Josh Bell. Thad Weber didn't have a great start, going 5 innings and allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. Doosan's Yu Heui-Kwon remains one of the league's top starters, though, earning his 3rd win on 7 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, a walk and 2 earned runs.

KIA 5 - LG 2, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The game was tied at two apiece going into the 8th inning when KIA had a 3 run inning to take the lead. The Tigers gave Brett Pill the day off, and LG's Josh 'Golden' Bell couldn't put the bat on the ball, going 0-5. KIA's DJ Houlton had a return to form, pitching 7 innings and allowing 5 hits and 5 walks to pick up his 3rd win.  He was scored 2 earned runs, but anyone watching the game could see that both runs were caused by fielding mistakes that fell just shy of being called errors. The first was on a botched double play where the throw to first was off the mark, and the second was due to a bunt where Houlton grabbed the ball and KIA first-baseman Kim Joo-Hyeong was inexplicably nowhere near the bag to take the throw.