Park Chan-ho back in form despite poor team offenseTexas Rangers pitcher Park Chan-ho, 32, had a quality start Sunday, bouncing back in fine form in the team’s game against the Houston Astros.
It was a different Park from last Wednesday’s game, in which he surrendered 10 hits and eight runs to the Los Angeles Angels in one-plus innings.
In the game at Minute Maid Park, Park delivered fine pitching with five hits and two runs in seven innings. However, the Rangers lost to the Astros 3-2 due to a weak offensive showing. Park was replaced by relief pitcher Kameron Loe in the eighth inning, without affecting his won-lost record.
“I faced more right-handed hitters today, so I threw more curveballs,” Park said. “I pitched low and I was aggressive. I felt bad about the last outing because it was a loss, but I had the same idea: just pitch low and try to get weak ground balls.”
Park gave up no walks and recorded six strikeouts in a total of 95 pitches, which included 64 strikes, and a maximum pitching speed of 94 miles per hour. Park’s seven-inning stint equalled his longest outing.
So far this season, Park has notched seven wins and two losses, and has seen his earned run average drop to 5.75 from 6.05.
by Sung Baik-you, Limb Jae-un