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Postseason rookie vs. veteran in pivotal Korean Series pitching matchup

All Headlines 22:35 October 28, 2017

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- A postseason rookie will go up against a seasoned veteran to try to take his team closer to a South Korean baseball championship on Sunday.

The Kia Tigers lead the Doosan Bears two games to one in the best-of-seven Korean Series, the championships final in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), after taking the third game 6-3 on Saturday at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.

And they'll turn to 24-year-old right-hander Im Gi-yeong in Sunday's Game 4, trying to push the Bears, the two-time defending champs, to the brink. Im has never previously pitched in the postseason.

In this file photo taken on Oct. 21, 2017, Yoo Hee-kwan of the Doosan Bears throws a pitch against the NC Dinos in Game 4 of their Korea Baseball Organization postseason series at Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. (Yonhap)

He was 8-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 23 appearances, and also threw two complete game shutouts.

Im made two regular season starts against the Bears, and was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Park Kun-woo, who has batted third for the Bears all postseason, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs against Im in the regular season. Park is 9-for-24 this postseason.

The Bears will turn to left-hander Yoo Hee-kwan to try to even the series in Game 4.

Yoo will be making his 12th postseason appearance on Sunday. The 31-year-old 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 11 playoff games so far, including a 2-1 mark in five games in the Korean Series.

In the 2017 regular season, Yoo was 11-6 with a 4.53 ERA in 30 starts. He had his only complete game shutout of the season against the Tigers on May 20.

Against the Tigers overall, Yoo was 1-1 in three starts with a 2.31 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.

Save for the shutout, the Tigers hit Yoo relatively well in the regular season. Kim Joo-chan was 3-for-5 with a double, and Roger Bernadina also had three hits off the left-hander. Choi Hyoung-woo was 3-for-9 with two RBIs and two walks.

In this file photo taken on Oct. 1, 2017, Im Gi-yeong of the Kia Tigers throws a pitch against the KT Wiz in their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province. (Yonhap)

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