SSG Kim Kwang-hyun pulled early after 4 runs in 3 innings…”Thumb callus widened”

SSG ‘native ace’ Kim Kwang-hyun (35) left the mound after three innings.

Kim Kwang-hyun started the second game of the semifinals against NC at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on March 23 and gave up four runs on five hits and four walks with one strikeout in three innings. Kim threw 65 pitches on the day, including 15 fastballs up to 148 mph. 스포츠토토

Kim gave up a run in the top of the first inning. After giving up an infield single to NC leadoff hitter Son As-seob, he retired Park Min-woo on a wild pitch, but gave up a single to left to Park Gun-woo. With runners on first and second, Kim Kwang-hyun threw a slow curveball to NC’s No. 4 hitter, Jason Martin, who hit a timely double. With runners on first and second, Kwon Hee-dong singled and Seo Ho-cheol sacrificed him to third.

In the second inning, the last out was a problem. Kim Kwang-hyun got both Oh Young-soo and Kim Joo-won to fly out to center field, but gave up back-to-back singles to Son Asub and Park Min-woo to put runners on second and third. Kwang-hyun eventually gave up an RBI single to Park Gun-woo. In the top of the third, Kwang-hyun put runners on first and second with two wild pitches, but he got Oh Young-soo and Kim Joo-won to fly out to center field to preserve the scoreless inning.

After pitching through the third inning, Kwang-hyun was unable to continue pitching due to an open wound in the callus area of his left thumb. In place of Kim, SSG brought in Moon Seung-won, who they had in mind as the starting pitcher for Game 4, starting in the fourth inning.