Samsung finally lost a game, and in dramatic fashion, with Doosan's Dustin Nippert shutting them down, pitching a complete game - the first of the season. Nippert threw 114 pitches, giving up 2 runs on just 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 4. Doosan's Jorge Cantu went 1-3 with a walk, getting 2 RBI and scoring 1 run. Samsung's starter, JD Martin, didn't do as well, giving up 8 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Finally, the Lion's Yamaico Navarro took a rest day and had to watch his team get smacked around from the dugout. Also, while not exactly related to the game, there was a nice interview with Jorge Cantu's wife, take a look below.
Jorge Cantu's wife being interviewed
Lotte's Luis Jimenez had a productive day, going 3-5 and scoring a run, but his teammates weren't there to back him up so there wasn't any run production. NC got started with a 2 RBI triple from lead-off man Park Min-Woo in the 4th and never looked back. Coffee and Waffles wasn't firing on all cylinders and ended up 0-3 with a base on balls for the day. The Dino's Lee Jae-Hak got his 4th win despite some control issues on 5 innings pitched, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 7 walks.
The Twins picked up a rare win, showing that you never know what will happen in a baseball game. Nexen's Andy Van Hekken ended up with the loss, even though he had a decent outing, giving up 2 earned runs in 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Granted, a Van Hekken error allowed an unearned run, so he is really on the hook for 3 runs. The Hero's Vinny Rottino put in time both in left and behind the plate, but had very little luck actually at the plate, going 0-5. LG's Josh Bell was equally struggling, going 0-4 with a walk and an RBI and also commiting an error on the field. Twin's starter Woo Kyu-Min got the win, throwing 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.
The Hanhwa Eagles actually have a few decent starting pitchers that end up getting screwed by their incredibly weak bullpen. Yoon Keun-Young isn't one of them. This was his first opportunity to start a game, given to him after he blew his last two relief opportunities. No, it doesn't make sense to me either. Of course he blew this game, too, giving up 5 runs in 4 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks. KIA's DJ Houlton started off a bit rough but settled down to earn the win, allowing 3 runs in 6 ⅔ innings, 5 hits and 2 walks. Hanhwa's Felix Pie went 1-4 on the day with a run scored, and KIA's Brett Pill went 1-5 with a walk, 2 RBI and a run scored. Former Tiger Lee Yong-Kyu didn't get to prove anything to his former teammates either, going 0-5 as Hanhwa's DH.