Saturday KBO Game Highlights (2014/05/03)

Nexen 3 - KIA 2, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Even low scoring games aren't exactly pitching duels in the KBO, as seen here where KIA logged 10 hits and Nexen 7 even though the score was a relatively tame 3-2. KIA starter DJ Houlton got saddled with the loss, giving up 3 runs over 7 ⅔ innings on 5 hits and 6 walks. KIA's Brett Pill sat out most of the game, coming in as a pinch hitter in the 6th and staying on to play a few innings at first-base. He went 0-2 in his two plate appearances. Nexen's Vinny Rottino went 1-3 with a walk and was stationed in his usual left-field position. Heroe's starter Keum Min-Cheol got the win, throwing for 5 ⅓ innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. 

Doosan 8 - LG 3, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights] 

LG was leading this on with a score of 1-0 going into the 7th inning. The Bears lit up the scoreboard in the 7th, though, with 6 runs coming off 5 hits, two of which were triples and one a Jorge Cantu (1-3, 2 RBI, HBP) homerun. For those counting at home, that's Cantu's 8th, tying him with Josh Bell for the league lead. Speaking of the Golden Bell, he had a lackluster performance at the plate, going 0-4 with a base on balls. Doosan's Yu Heui-Kwan was yet again dominant on the mound, earning his 4th win, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks over 7 complete innings.

NC 6 - Samsung 1, Daegu [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC's Eric Hacker had a good start today, giving up only a single run in 6 ⅔ innings. He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 to earn the win. The single run he gave up happened to be scored by Samsung's Yamaico Navarro, who was on base after being hit by a pitch. Navarro went 0-4 on the day along with that aforementioned HBP. The Dino's Eric Thames had a slow day at the plate himself, going 1-5 with a stolen base. 

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Lotte 6 - SK 5, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

It was a close game all around, with a nailbiting bottom of the 9th when SK's Kim Sang-Hyeon hit a 2 run long ball to bring them within a hair's breadth of the Giants but it wasn't to be and Lotte took the game. The Giant's Luis Jimenez had a productive game, garnering 3 RBIs off 2 doubles in 5 at bats. SK's Luke Scott is apparently slightly more injured than first thought and has been sent to the futures league for a bit more rest. The news doesn't seem to think it is too serious, but it looks like he will be out for another 10 days. Lotte's Song Seung-Jun got his first win of the season (to complement his 4 losses) giving up 1 run in 5 ⅔ innings on 7 hits and 3 walks.