“It’s a microburst.”
Lotte took a 10-6 victory over Gochuk Kiwoom on Tuesday to finish the three-game midweek series with a 2-1 record and a sweep. But there were some close calls. In the bottom of the sixth inning with an 8-6 lead, veteran reliever Kim Sang-soo, 35, suffered a micro-tear in his left calf.
Kim Sang-soo gave up a single to leadoff hitter Kim Jun-wan but struck out rookie Kim Dong-heon. However, after an eight-pitch battle with Yong-kyu “Yong-kyu-nori” Lee, he was unable to induce a ground ball. He threw a changeup on a full count and put his free foot on the ground naturally, but complained of pain.
Furthermore, a throwing error by center fielder Kim Min-seok allowed a run to score. After Kim Sang-soo was relieved, Koo Seung-min struck out Kim Hye-sung with runners on first and second and got Lim Byung-wook to fly out to center field to end the inning. Kim Sang-soo finished the day with ⅓ innings of one-hit ball, one strikeout, and no runs. Lotte was able to hold off Kiwoom’s late rally.
He will be evaluated in 3-5 days. He was not immediately removed from the first team. Manager Larry Sutton said, “It’s a small tear. He’s always dedicated to the team. Yesterday, he said he could throw more, but we’re going to give him time to recover and heal. It’s unfortunate, but he will overcome it.”
This season, Kim Sang-soo is 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 50 games with 11 saves. His last 10 games have been particularly good with a 2.25 ERA in two starts. 먹튀검증