Lotte finally put a run on the board in the 8th to get the offense started at Sajik Stadium tonight. Josh "Golden" Bell (2-5 today) didn't allow them to walk away with the win, though, by jacking a long ball - his league leading fifth of the season - in the top of the 9th to tie the score at one apiece. The game entered extra innings and in the bottom of the 10th Luis Jimenez (1-4 with a walk) launched a three run walk-off shot over the wall, in his first game back from his hamstring injury. Choi Dae-Seong picked up the win with a single inning pitched, allowing one hit.
It was a collaborative effort by the Doosan pitching staff, with five pitchers participating in the shutout. SK's Luke Scott was shut down at the plate, going 0-3, but reaching base once when he was hit by a pitch. On Doosan's side, Jorge Cantu came back from a few days of rest to go 1-3, his one hit a double in the 4th, which he scored off of. Doosan's starter No Kyeong-Eun picked up the win, pitching 5 ⅔ innings giving up just one hit and allowing three walks.
Not only did Hanhwa win this game, but they did so without committing any errors. It turns out that their old starting shortstop Han Sang-Hun has a good glove, and when he made a diving grab to force an out at second he was actually hugged by Eagles second-baseman Jeong Keun-Woo. At the plate, Coffee and Waffles went 1-4 with a walk and Felix 'Pecan' Pie (yes, I know it is 'pee-ay') went 1-3 with a walk. The game had two foreign starters, with Hanhwa's Caleb Clay pitching 5 innings and allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks for no decision and the Dino's Eric Hacker throwing for 6, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks. The game's win was awarded to Park Jung-Jin for facing 2 and retiring 2.
Vinny Rottino showed off his versatility today by playing behind the plate rather than out in left field where he had been stationed previously. He also went 2-3 on the day, so maybe catching is good for his bat as well. Nexen started out strong, putting up a single run in the 5th off an error by KIA third-baseman Lee Bum-Ho, which ended up giving Tiger's starter D.J. Houlton the loss even though he gave up no runs and is pitching better than anyone else in the league right now. The Heroes continued with four unanswered runs in the 8th to put KIA behind the 8-ball, and even though the Tigers gamely got a couple of runs in the top of the 9th they never managed to catch up. Nexen's Brett Pill went 1-1 on the day as a pinch hitter and ended up scoring one of the runs in the 8th. The Hero's Andy Van Hekken got the win on the day with 7 innings pitched giving up no runs on 6 hits and a walk.