Thursday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/20)

Hanhwa 2 - Doosan 5, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The story of this game is really Hanhwa's four errors leading to two unearned runs. While the game still would have been Doosan's, better fielding by the Eagles would have made the game much closer. The Bears struck early, capitalizing on two consecutive fielding errors to get a run in off a sacrifice fly to left field by Kim Hyun-Soo in the bottom of the 1st. Doosan picked up another couple runs in the 4th on a Ko Young-Min shot that cleared the left field wall. They capitalized on Hanhwa's butterfingers again in the 8th, getting another two runs starting when Eagles shortstop Song Kwang-Min made his second error of the game.  Hanhwa finally put some numbers on the scoreboard in the top of the 9th when pinch-hitter Lee Hak-Jun hit a two RBI double. Doosan starter Yu Heui-Kwan chalked up the win with six innings pitched giving up six hits and no runs.

LG 3 - SK 3, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

The battle between the two letter teams ended in a draw today and the blame can solely be placed on LG shortstop Kwon Yong-Gwon's shoulders for botching n easy double play in the 4th which led to an SK run. SK got on the board in the first, taking advantage of two walks to get one run in on a Luke Scott sacrifice fly. The aforementioned error in the 4th got SK their second run off a single by catcher Cho In-Sung. LG got on the board in the 6th when right-fielder Lee Jin-Young hit into a double play but still managed to get an RBI for his effort. SK got their third and final run when Cho In-Sung knocked one out of the park in the bottom of the 7th. LG had the final offensive burst of the game when they scored two runs, one RBI of which coming from Josh Bell, who was atoning for striking out his two previous plate appearances.

Kwon Yong-Gwon Dropped the Ball

Lotte 1 - Kia 3, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

In a bit of a break from the past two days, Lotte and Kia had a bit of a defensive duel. The Tigers rang up a run right out of the gates on a Kim Joo-Hyeong double in the bottom of the 1st. With Lotte's bats still not getting any action, Kia got another two runs in the 7th, helped along with a nice triple by Lee Jong-Hwan. The Giants got their first and only run in the top of the 8th when Kia reliever Kim Tae-Young walked two batters, allowing pinch-runner Oh Seung-Taek to score without a Lotte hit in the inning. Kia's starter Lim Joon-Seop got the W in six innings pitched with three hits allowed and no runs.

Samsung 8 - Nexen 8, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score]

The Heroes scored a run in the bottom of the 1st on a single by DH Lee Taek-Geun, but Samsung quickly evened the score in the top of the 2nd with a Lee Seung-Yeop solo shot. Doosan took a good lead with a four run 3rd, made possible by a Park Seok-Min error which led to a three run long ball by Kim Min-Seong. The Heroes added another two runs to their formidable lead in the 6th, when Yoo Han-Joon hit one over the fence. Samsung came back with two runs in the 7th when Lee Sang-Hun went long, and another two runs in the 8th. They briefly took the lead in the bottom of the 9th when Woo Dong-Kyoon cleared the bases with a three RBI single. The wind wasn't knocked out of Nexen's sails, though, and they came back with a solitary run in the bottom of the 9th to tie it up.