Tuesday KBO Game Highlights (2014/03/18)

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Doosan 7 - NC 8, Masan [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Doosan's bats have been hot over the past few games, but it has been balanced out by some really poor pitching.  Today's starter, Dustin Nippert gave up four runs in three innings pitched which put Doosan into a hole they never managed to dig themselves out of. Dino's left-fielder Kim Jong-Ho started the game off with a solo shot in the 1st, Which the NC bats followed by another run in the 1st and two more in the 2nd. Doosan came back in the 3rd when Oh Jae-Won hit a two RBI single. The Bears and Dinos traded runs in the 4th and 5th before NC put the game out of reach with a three run 6th centered around a nice double from Kwon Hee-Dong that stayed just fair and appeared to bounce off third base. Doosan rallied with a four run 7th, taking advantage of poor Dinos pitching that walked three Bears, but it was too little too late and NC took the win. Eric Hacker was awarded the W on three innings pitched, two earned runs and five hits.

LG 11 - Lotte 6, Gimhae [Box Score]

The wind must have been blowing out today, as we saw six homeruns in the LG v. Lotte matchup. It started off with Twins' third-baseman Josh Bell smacking a two run bomb in the top of the 1st. LG advanced their lead in the 2nd when Lee Jin-Young scored on a sacrifice bunt by Choi Kyeong-Cheol. Lotte got on the board with their own two run shot by Yong Deok-Han, but they never managed to catch up to the Twin's red-hot bats. The final nail was put into the coffin with a balk by Giant's reliever Lee Myeong-Woo set the stage for a three run blast by Jeong Seong-Hoon in the 7th. Lotte attempted a bottom of the 9th miracle comeback, but only managed to score three runs and fell well short. Twins' starter Kim Sun-Woo chalked up his first win by allowing two runs in four innings.

Nexen 7 - Hanhwa 8, Daejeon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

With a return to (1999) form, Hanhwa managed to snatch this one away from that offensive juggernaut, the Nexen Heroes. Nexen starter Andy Van Hekken got into trouble in the 2nd, allowing four hits to the first four batters faced, culminating with a two RBI double by Hanhwa shortstop Song Kwang-Min. Nexen came back to take the lead with double two run homeruns in the 3rd (Hur Do-Hwan) and 4th (Yoon Suk-Min). The tides turned again in the bottom of the 4th when Hanhwa left-fielder Lee Yang-Ki hit yet another two run long ball, followed up by Felix Pie reaching base on an error and being scored by a Choi Jin-Haeng single. Nexen tied the score in the top of the 5th, when Hanwha catcher Jeong Beom-Mo missed second base by a mile and tossed the ball well into center field. Hanhwa managed to come back for the win, though, in this game that was defined by its five errors leading to three unearned runs (two for Nexen, one for Hanhwa). Ahn Young-Myung gets credit for the win on one inning pitched allowing two hits and no earned runs.

SK 6 - Kia 8, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Something must have been put into Korea's water supply this morning, because every game was a slugfest. Kia struck first, taking advantage of two consecutive walks to get a run off of a Na Ji-Won sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 3rd. They got two more runs on the board in the 4th and a fourth unanswered run off a solo shot by DH Lee Bum-Ho. The Wyverns offense decided to kick in during the 8th inning, scoring four runs to tie it up, including a three run homerun by Luke Scott, who is apparently warming up with the weather. Kia came right back in the bottom of the 8th, though, with four runs of their own capitalizing on weak Wyvern's relief who allowed four walks in the inning. That was the end of the game, even though SK tried to make another comeback, scoring a couple of runs in the top of the 9th. Kia starter Yang Hyeon-Jong had the only strong outing in the league today, actually earning his win with five innings of one hit ball.