Hanhwa took 2-3 games this series (and should have swept if it wasn't for an overpaid stiff making a mistake that would get you cut from a t-ball team), and their pitching is actually looking kind of promising. Then again it might just be LGs weak hitting that makes them look good. Hanhwa's Felix Pie had a slow day at the plate, going 0-2 with a walk and a sac fly for an RBI. Josh Bell, on the other hand, accounted for all of the Twins' offense today, going 1-3 with a sac fly and knocking in both of LG's runs. Hanhwa's Song Chang-Hyun earned his first win today, throwing 7 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.
NC's Eric Hacker started out rough, giving up back to back homeruns in the 1st, but settled down pitch for 7 innings, allowing 3 runs with 5 hits, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts, ending up with no decision. Notably, one of those 1st inning homeruns came off the bat of Park Byung-Ho, who has a league dominating 12 homeruns. Homeplate.kr favorite Coffee and Waffles got 1 hit in 3 at bats, a double, walked once and scored a run. Vinny Rottino has been a bit slow at the plate the past few games, and today was no different, going 0-3 with a couple of walks. The game was tied going into the bottom of the 9th when Nexen's Lee Taek-Keun hit a walk off sacrifice fly to end it. Nexen's closer, Son Seung-Lak, got the W on 1 inning pitched, 3 up and 3 down.
This 3 game sweep gives Samsung a 5 game winning streak and a record of 8-2 over the past 10 games. On the other hand, SK has lost 3 in a row and are 2-8 over the same period. Rick Vandenhurk had a fantastic start, pitching 7 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. Yamaico Navarro had a less stellar game, though, going 0-3 with a couple of walks and scoring a run.
Doosan started off hot today, with their first seven batters reaching base, scoring 4 runs on the 1st inning. 3 of those runs came off a Kim Hyun-Soo homerun, who went 4-5 with a walk, 2 homeruns, 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Doosan's Jorge Cantu went 2-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, but also hit into a double play while Lotte's Luis Jimenez went 2-3 with 2 walks, 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Doosan's Lee Hyun-Seung got his first win on 1 ⅔ innings pitched, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2.