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Cardinals' Kim Kwang-hyun stays in bullpen in postseason loss to Dodgers

All News 13:54 October 07, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun watched from the bullpen as his St. Louis Cardinals fell to the defending World Series champions Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League (NL) Wild Card Game.

Chris Taylor delivered a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Dodgers past the Cardinals 3-1 in the win-or-go-home game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday (local time). They will go on to play the San Francisco Giants in the NL Division Series starting Friday in San Francisco.

In this Associated Press photo, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals pauses on the mound before pitching to the Chicago Cubs in the top of the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 2, 2021. (Yonhap)

The game stayed tied at 1-1 through the top of the ninth inning. St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright held the Dodgers to a run over 5 1/3 innings. Luis Garcia and Giovanny Gallegos kept the Dodgers off the board. And after getting two outs in the bottom of the ninth, new St. Louis pitcher T.J. McFarland walked Cody Bellinger.

Former closer Alex Reyes came on in relief and promptly surrendered the game-winning shot to Taylor.

During the regular season, Kim was 6-7 with a 3.63 ERA in 21 starts, and 1-0 with a save and a 1.80 ERA in six relief appearances.

Kim began the year in the rotation but was sent to the bullpen in early September. He was one of 12 pitchers to make the Cardinals' Wild Card roster but wasn't expected to pitch unless the Cardinals went down early.

His two-year deal with the Cardinals will now expire.

In 2020, Kim started the first game of the Wild Card Series -- temporarily put in place during the pandemic-plagued postseason -- against the San Diego Padres. Kim settled for a no-decision in a 7-4 St. Louis victory, after giving up three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

In this Getty Images photo, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 2, 2021. (Yonhap)

Kim was one of two South Korean players whose clubs reached the postseason this year, along with Tampa Bay Rays' first baseman Choi Ji-man.

The Rays will face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series starting at 8:07 p.m. Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, when it will be 9:07 a.m. Friday in Seoul.

With the Red Sox starting left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, Choi, who bats left-handed, will likely begin Game 1 on the bench.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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