Reliever Young-pyo Ko (32-KT Wiz) was taken off the mound after failing to complete the fifth inning.
Ko faltered in his start against the LG Twins in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Wednesday, allowing five runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in four innings.
In the top of the first inning, with the score tied 0-0, Hong Chang-ki reached on a throwing error by first baseman Park Byung-ho. Byung-ho Park made a good sliding catch of Hong’s grounder, but the throw to first baseman Ko Young-pyo, who was covering first base, was unsuccessful. After a failed steal of second base by Hong Chang-ki, Park got Hae-min Park to fly out to center field and Kim Hyun-soo to ground out to second base on the first pitch to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Koreans had runners on first and third with one out when Austin Dean and Moon Bo-kyung singled, 먹튀검증토토사이트 but Park struck out Dong-won to end the threat.
After holding on, Ko Young-pyo finally crumbled in the third inning.
After leading off with a walk to Moon Sung-joo, Shin Min-jae was hit by a straight ball. A sacrifice bunt by Hong Chang-ki put runners on second and third with Park Hae-min leading off the inning with a double, and after Park stole third, Kim Hyun-soo induced a ground ball to first baseman Park Byung-ho, who made a throwing error. Park scored from third and pinch runner Kim Hyun-soo scored from first.
Ko Young-pyo then induced Austin into a fielder’s choice and Oh Ji-hwan into a grounder to second base to end the inning, but the three runs had already been given up.
Ko settled down in the fourth inning after falling behind 0-3. He got Moon Bo-kyung to ground out to second base, struck out Park Dong-won on a wild pitch, and retired Shin Min-jae on a fielder’s choice to load the bases after Moon Sung-joo singled and stole second.
Ko Young-pyo faced back-to-back singles again in the fifth inning against the Hong Chang-gi and Park Hae-min tablesetter, down 1-3. Hong had the misfortune to hit a pitch that hit his foot and rolled into the outfield.
That was the end of Ko Young-pyo’s role.
Trailing 1-3 in the fifth inning, he gave up a bunt single to Lee Sang-dong with runners on first and third. He threw 76 pitches.
He then gave up two RBI singles to Park Hae-min and Kim Hyun-soo with runners on second and third, bringing home both of Ko’s successors.
Ko finished the regular season with a 12-7 record and a 2.78 ERA in 28 games, tied for second in the KBO with 21 quality starts, tied for sixth in ERA, and tied for fifth in wins.
Go overcame Twins phobia in Game 1 of the Korean Series with six innings of two-run ball (one earned), as he struggled against LG this year, going 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in four games. He then came off the disabled list to save the day in Game 5, but couldn’t withstand the firepower of LG, who were one win away from the title.