Two baseball games have been canceled due to forecasted rainy weather.
The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) announced at 3:20 p.m. today that “the game between the KIA Tigers and KT Wiz scheduled for 5 p.m. at Gwangju KIA Champions Field has been canceled due to rain.”
Shortly thereafter, the game between the NC Dinos and Hanwha Eagles at Changwon NC Park at 5 p.m. was called off in the top of the second inning with the score tied at 0-0. The referees waited 39 minutes for the rain to stop, but eventually declared a no-game.안전놀이터
This gave KIA and Hanwha, who had substitute starters, a reason to smile. On the day, KIA used Kim Yoo-shin to face KT. Kim was called upon as Sean Anderson, who was pulled early from the game against Hanwha on April 20 due to a blistered finger, did not improve.
Kim, who has a 2.77 ERA in 11 games this year, has experience as a starter, but has been used primarily as a long reliever. His most innings pitched this season was three on May 26 against LG Electronics. Meanwhile, Yeo Byeol-seong, in his fifth year as a full-time starter, was 3-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 games this year. KIA’s Byun Woo-hyuk, who abruptly left the game the day before (May 24) due to an Achilles tendon injury, will undergo a re-checkup in Seoul on May 26.
Hanwha, which climbed out of last place with four straight wins this week, avoided NC ace Eric Peddie. This season, Peddy has been the KBO’s leading ace with a 10-1 record and 1.74 ERA in 12 games. However, he was sidelined with a sore forearm on the 14th and was scheduled to return against Hanwha on the same day.
In response to the continued loss of starters, Han had been starting Han Seung-ju, who has been in the best form of late with a 3.47 ERA in 27 games with a 1-2 record and two saves. Han Seung-ju has also been learning the ropes in the second team, but his most innings pitched in the first team this year was four innings of three-run relief against KIA in Daejeon on April 20. Both Peddie and Han Seung-ju pitched a scoreless first inning, but the no-game made that a thing of the past. Hanwha ended the week in ninth place with a comfortable win.
Meanwhile, the first game of the day at 2 p.m. saw the Doosan Bears crush the Kiwoom Heroes 17-2, while the other two games, SSG Landers-Samsung Lions in Incheon and LG Twins-Lotte Giants in Jamsil, are still on track.