SEOUL, April 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean right-hander Yoon Suk-min tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision in his fifth minor league start on Tuesday in Virginia.
Pitching a home game for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, Yoon held the Columbus Clippers to two hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three. Yoon left the game in a scoreless deadlock, but the Clippers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to win 3-0. It was the first game of a double header, following a rainout from a day earlier.
Yoon remained at 0-3 on the season but lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 5.24 in 22 1/3 innings.
Yoon was tagged for nine earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings in his first start on April 8 but has given up just four earned runs over his last 20 innings.
Against Columbus, he retired the first six batters he faced. Then in the top third, Matt Carson led off with a single and reached second on an error by center fielder Julio Borbon. Yoon calmly retired the next three batters with a pair of groundouts and a flyout, escaping the inning unscathed.
Yoon loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth after two walks and an infield single but struck out Carson to keep the Clippers off the board.
Yoon walked Roberto Perez to start the fifth, but after Audy Ciriaco flied out to right, Jose Ramirez hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Yoon threw 79 pitches and 49 of them went for strikes.
Yoon, 27, signed a three-year deal with the Orioles in February, after pitching nine seasons for the Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). He reported to the O's camp in Florida but fell behind schedule as he was forced to travel to Canada to obtain a work permit.
The O's assigned him to the minors before the start of the regular season in hopes of giving Yoon more opportunities to pitch in games before he joins the big league staff.
He was voted the MVP in the South Korean league in 2011 after winning the pitching Triple Crown with 17 wins, 178 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA.
Yoon was sidelined at the start of last season with a shoulder injury and was limited to 87 2/3 innings. He went 3-6 with seven saves in 30 appearances, 11 of them starts, with a 4.00 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 28 walks.
He has a career KBO record of 73-59 with 44 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 303 appearances. In 1,129 innings, he has struck out 949 batters and walked 345. He was both a starter and a closer in his KBO career.
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