Wednesday Game Highlights (2013/05/08)

SK 13 - Doosan 12, Incheon [Box Score] [Video Highlights]

I don't think there's any way to describe this game other than absolutely ridiculous. Every batter in Doosan's starting line up scored a run... in the first inning. It is only the second time in the history of the KBO that such a feat has been accomplished, with the last time being June 24, 1994 in Jeonju when the Hanwha Eagles did it against the Ssangbangwool Raiders. SK starting pitcher Yeo Keon-Wook left the game after giving up six runs without recording a single out, giving him a single game ERA of infinity. Reliever Choi Young-Pil entered the game and gave up three more runs before putting an end to the madness. So the Bears were up 9-0 after the top of the 1st, and yet... SK somehow came back for the win. SK had a couple of big innings themselves, scoring four in the 6th and five in the 8th. Doosan held the lead at 12-11 heading into the bottom of the 9th. SK first baseman Han Dong-Min lead off the inning with a solo homerun to left field to tie the game at 12. A walk by Park Jae-Sang and  a single by Chung Sang-Ho would put runners at first and second. The next batter, Choi Yun-Seok, struck out, but a successful double steal would put runners at second and third with only one out. After an intentional walk, Kim Seong-Hyeon would come to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.. Kim hit one deep to left field for the game winning RBI. For SK it marked the biggest comeback in the history of the KBO. SK had trailed by as many as ten runs early in the game. The previous biggest comeback was when the Hanwha Eagles recovered from a nine run defecit against the Heroes on September 12, 2009.

Nexen 3 - LG 1, Seoul (Jamsil)

Nexen scored first on a triple by Seo Dong-Wook which drove in two runs in the top of the 2nd. Seo was traded from LG to Nexen just two weeks ago. The Heroes would score one more in the top of the 3rd on a sacrifice fly by Park Byung-Ho. These three early runs would prove to be all that Nexen would need, as LG's bats were quiet most of the night. Nexen continued their hot streak and increased their lead against KIA in the league standings. Nexen has now won 11 of their last 14 games. LG, on the other hand, has only won 4 of their last 14.

Lotte 5 - KIA 1, Gwangju

Lotte got another great start out of their foreign pitching staff tonight as American Shane Youman pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing just 3 hits and zero earned runs. The Tigers' only run scored as a result of an error by Lotte's Son Ah-Seop in right field. Fielding/errors continue to be a problem for Lotte, but it didn't cost them the game tonight. Youman earned his fourth win of the season, while KIA has now lost two games in a row to the Giants.

Hanwha 6 - NC 4, Changwon

NC scored all four of their runs on homeruns. Na Sung-Bum hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 1st along with a solo homerun in the 6th, while Ji Seok-Hun contributed a solo homerun in the bottom of the 5th. NC held the lead with a score of 4-1 at the end of the 6th inning. But very much like last night, Hanwha would make a late-game comeback. Down 4-3 in the top of the 9th, Hanwha found themselves with two outs and runners on first and second. Third baseman Oh Seon-Jin came to the plate and hit a double to left field, driving in two runs to give Hanwha the lead. Oh would cross the plate himself in the next at-bat off of a single by Jung Hyun-Seok. The final score was 6-4. Hanwha has won both games in the series on comebacks in the 9th inning with two outs.