Tuesday KBO Game Highlights (2014/04/01)

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SK 13 - LG 8, Seoul (Jamsil) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

LG's starting pitcher, Ryu Jae-Kuk got off to a rocky start, hitting two of the first three batters faced and allowing the Wyverns to bat around and score five runs in the 1st inning, including a Luke Scott RBI single (1-5 on the day) and then another single run in the 3rd which started from walking the first two batters faced. The Twins didn't give up so easily, though, scoring a couple of runs in the 2nd and three more in the 3rd, with Josh Bell (3-4, with a walk) hitting his first of two home runs in the game. LG even briefly took the lead in the 6th capitalizing on back-to-back Wyvern errors to score pinch-runner Moon Seon-Jae.  SK wasn't finished with the offense, though, scoring seven additional runs spread out over the 7th, 8th and 9th innings giving them an insurmountable lead. Josh Bell did his best, though with his second homerun of the game in the bottom of the 9th, but it was too little, too late and the Wyverns walked away with the game. Interestingly, Bell hit homeruns from both sides of the plate in today's game, only the fifth time that has happened in KBO history. SK reliever Park Jeong-Bae got his second win of the season facing four batters and retiring them all. 

Samsung 6 - Hanhwa 5, Daejeon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Hanhwa's terrible relief is again the story of their downfall.  In a bad 9th inning, Eagle's pitcher Choi Young-Hwan threw back to back wild pitches, tying the league record for most consecutive wild pitches, but that was small potatoes in a game with six wild pitches total which also tied the league record for most wild pitches in a game. To be fair, one of those wild pitches was from the Lions, so it isn't entirely Hanhwa's fault. As for the game, Hanhwa again started with a nice lead, scoring three runs in the 2nd inning, two coming from a Felix Pie (2-4, 1BB and caught stealing once) single. Hanhwa added to their lead with a run in the 3rd before Samsung got on the board with a two run 6th. In the bottom of the 6th, Hanhwa shortstop Song Kwang-Min went long to bolster their advantage, but all was for naught since the Eagles had to go to their terrible bullpen. Samsung cut down the lead with two more runs in the 8th, but the real story is the 9th inning. Hanhwa reliever Song Chang-Sik gave up back to back homeruns before being replaced by Choi Young-Hwan who's wild pitching was mentioned earlier. Samsung's foreign position player Yamaico Navarro went from player of the game yesterday to going 0-5 today. Samsung reliever Shim Chang-Min got the win on the day, facing two and striking two out. 

Doosan 3 - Nexen 9, Seoul (Mokdong) [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

There is probably some tension in the Nexen clubhouse tonight. Nexen started Brandon Knight had some control issues, walking six in four innings pitched, but the only three Doosan runs were unearned when teammate Vinny Rottino dropped an easy fly ball to left field, allowing an easy out to end up being a bases clearing error. At the same time, Knight had just walked the bases loaded, so there is plenty of blame to go around.  Nexen's domination at the plate hasn't ended, though, so they still managed an easy win. Nexen designated-hitter Yun Seok-Min really earned his paycheck today, going 3-4 with a grand slam and a total of five RBIs, but the foreign position players didn't fare as well. Doosan's Jorge Cantu went 0-4 and Nexen's Vinny Rottino went 0-3 with that embarrassing fielding error. Nexen middle reliever Cho Sang-Woo got the win with two innings pitched allowing no one to reach base and striking out two.

NC 0 - KIA 1, Gwangju [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

Unlike most KBO games, today's game in Gwangju was a nailbiter of a pitcher's duel. Dino's Starter Lee Jae-Hak pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and walking three, and KIA's Yang Hyeon-Jeong threw eight scoreless innings with five hits, no walks and nine strikeouts for the win.  In fact the only run of the game was scored because of two NC errors, leading to an unexciting game for those who like the usual high-scoring KBO matchups. About the only offensive action of the game came from the first at-bat of the day when NC's Park Min-Woo hit a lead-off triple before being stranded. Both Coffee and Waffles and Brett Pill went 1-4 with a single.