Kim Kwang-hyun sentenced to 5 pitches in first comeback in 22 days after ‘drinking scandal’

SSG Kim Kwang-hyun (35-photo), who was suspended from the first team roster for drinking during the World Baseball Classic (WBC), was ejected after failing to complete five innings in his comeback game.

After receiving 80 hours of community service and a 5 million won ($4,000) fine from the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), Kim returned to the first team on Nov. 11 in the KBO’s Changwon game against NC. It had been 22 days since Kim threw a ball in a first-team game, since the 20th of last month. Before the game, Kim took off his hat and bowed to the first, third, and center field stands.

After starting the game with a run-scoring single in the top of the first inning, Kwang-hyun pitched a scoreless third inning with a fastball 스포츠토토 that topped out at 148 kilometers per hour and a sharp changeup. The SSG bats responded with another run in the top of the fourth inning.

However, Kim Kwang-hyun gave up the first run in the bottom of the fourth inning to NC’s leadoff hitter, Park Gun-woo, with a one-run home run, and then gave up consecutive hits to NC’s fourth and fifth batters, Martin and Park Seok-min. NC tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Kim Kwang-hyun walked the leadoff batter in the fifth and then gave up a double to Kim Sung-wook with the bases loaded to make it a 2-3 game. SSG sent Moon Seung-won to the mound in place of Kim Kwang-hyun. Kim Sung-wook came home on Martin’s RBI single, bringing Kwang-hyun’s record to four and a third innings of five hits and four runs.

SSG’s bats quickly tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning, keeping Kim out of trouble. However, SSG eventually fell to 4-8 and suffered their first three-game sweep of the year. NC cruised to a five-game win streak.

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