Thursday KBO Game Highlights (2013/08/01)

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Nexen 5 - Hanwha 2, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Nexen shortstop Kang Jung-Ho put the Heroes ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd. The rest of Nexen's runs came with one swing of the bat when third baseman Kim Min-Seong hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 4th to put his team ahead 5-0. Kim has now hit a homerun in each of his last 4 games. Hanwha scored a couple of late runs, but couldn't dig themselves out of the hole. Andy Van Hekken got the win for Nexen after allowing 6 hits and striking out 11 batters in 7 innings. Hanwha rookie Jo Jee-Hoon picked up his second loss in just his second KBO start. Nexen wins the series 2 games to 1.

Highlights and Interview with Nexen pitcher Andy Van Hekken (English)

NC 5 - SK 4, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

NC's Na Sung-Bum hit a solo homerun in the top of the 1st to put the Dinos ahead 1-0, but SK answered right back. Jeong Keun-Woo lead off the bottom of the 1st with a homerun, and teammate Park Jung-Kwon hit a solo homerun of his own to put the Wyverns ahead 2-1 after 1 inning. The lead would not last long, as NC scored 4 in the top of the 2nd to take the 5-2 lead. SK third baseman Choi Jeong hit a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 3rd to put the Wyverns within 1 run with a score of 5-4, but the score would hold as neither team was able to put any runs on the board during the final 6 innings. Relief pitcher Lee Seong-Min got the win for the Dinos as the team successfully completed the sweep of SK. 

Samsung 12 - KIA 2, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Another day, another blowout in Gwangju. Samsung left fielder Choi Hyeong-Woo went 3 for 6 with 3 doubles, and there were plenty of other hits to go around as the team finished the game with a total of 17. Rick VandenHurk pitched 8 innings for Samsung, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs for the win. The loss went to KIA's Lim Joon-Seop who gave up 9 runs off of 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Red hot Samsung sweeps the series against ice cold KIA. Since the All-Star break Samsung is 8-1 while KIA is 2-7.

Doosan 8 - Lotte 3, Busan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Doosan first baseman Choi Jun-Seok hit a 3-run homerun in the top of the 1st. Kim Jae-Ho added an RBI single to put the Bears ahead 4-0 after 1 inning, a lead that Lotte would never recover from. Doosan increased the lead to 7-1 by the 5th when heavy rain caused the game to be delayed for almost an hour. The skies cleared up and the game was able to continue, but Lotte was unable to pull off a comeback. The winning pitcher was Doosan's Kim Sun-Woo who allowed 3 hits and 1 run in 5 innings. The loss went to Lotte starter Lee Jae-Kon who lasted just 1 inning. It was the 2000th loss for Lotte since the team joined the league in 1982, making Lotte the first KBO team to reach the 2000 loss mark.