Lotte took the early lead with a 3-run homerun by Park Jong-Yun in the bottom of the 1st. Nexen would score 1 run in the top of the 3rd on a sacrifice fly by Seo Geon-Chang. An inning later, in the top of the 4th, Nexen third baseman Kim Min-Seong would hit a 2-run homerun to tie the score at 3-3. Some drama occurred in the bottom of the 4th as Nexen starting pitcher Kim Byung-Hyun was leaving the field and walking back towards the dugout after being replaced, a frustrated Kim threw the ball over the head of the homeplate umpire. The umpire ejected Kim immediately, and it is likely that he will see more disciplinary action from the league. The game remained tied at 3 runs each until the bottom of the 8th when Lotte pinch hitter Park Jun-Seo came to the plate with 2 outs and the bases loaded. He hit a double to center that would clear the bases, giving Lotte the 6-3 lead. Park is batting .500 with runners in scoring position this season. Nexen would not score in the 9th, and the game ended. With the loss, Nexen dropped out of first place and is now a half game behind Samsung.
Kim Byung-Hyun throws ball at umpire
Park Jun-Seo's 3 RBI double
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Doosan scored 2 runs off of consecutive doubles by Son Si-Hyun and Lee Jong-Wook to take the lead at 2-0. SK would score their only run in the top of the 6th off of an RBI single by DH Lee Jae-Won. There was no scoring in the final 3 innings, and the game ended with a score of 2-1. SK starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes pitched a complete game, allowing only 5 hits, but he was credited with the loss with little help from his offense. Doosan's Dustin Nippert earned the win, allowing 5 hits and 1 run in 7 innings. Doosan snapped their losing streak tonight after losing their last 6 games.
Nippert gets a little help from second baseman Hur Kyoung-Min
This game was scoreless through 6 and a half innings before KIA finally got on the board with a solo homerun by Na Ji-Wan in the bottom of the 7th. The Tigers would score one more in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI single by Kim Joo-Chan to extend the lead to 2-0. The Dinos would score one run in the top of the 9th, but it was not enough for a comeback. KIA starter Henry Sosa pitched 8 innings allowing 6 hits and 1 run while striking out 10 batters to earn the win. Adam Wilk takes the loss for KIA.
Henry Sosa highlights