Swansea’s Ki revives status with goal against West Ham
Swansea City’s Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng scored a goal in an English Premier League (EPL) match against West Ham on Sunday.
Central midfielder Ki scored the third goal in the 50th minute in Swansea’s 4-1 defeat of West Ham when he found the bottom corner of West Ham’s goal with a non-stop volley off a cross from Modou Barrow from left field.
This was Ki’s first start in the EPL game since March 20 against Aston Villa. Sunday’s goal is Ki’s first one in nearly four months since he scored against West Bromwich on December 27 last year.
Francesco Guidolin assumed management of the team in December last year, replacing Garry Monk. Since then, Ki has been unable to find much playing time and his position as one of the key players for the club seemed to be at risk.
However, on Sunday he demonstrated his ability to control the pace of the game in midfield.
Kim hits Hahn fastball to help Orioles thrash Athletics
Baltimore Orioles’ Kim Hyun-soo went 1-for-4 in a rain-makeup doubleheader to defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Sunday.
Kim was second in the batting lineup and played in left field against Oakland for the first time this season.
After grounding out in the first inning, Kim grabbed a run batted in (RBI) in the third inning after hitting a sacrifice ground ball to bring home Caleb Joseph. It was Kim’s second RBI of the season.
Kim’s hit came in the bottom of the fifth when he singled a 91 mile-per-hour four seam fastball from Athletics’ Jesse Hahn. Kim’s batting average as of the doubleheader on Sunday is .478, or 11 hits during 23 at-bats.
While Kim helped Orioles thrash Athletics, Kang Jung-ho’s Pittsburgh Pirates met Oh Seung-hwan’s Saint Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri where Cardinals edged Pirates 6-4.
In the previous day on Saturday Korea time, while Oh didn’t go to the mound to pitch for the Cardinals, Kang had a good day, hammering two home runs during his season debut after returning from a devastating injury in September, 2015.
Kang played in Sunday’s game as sixth in the batting order and third baseman. Although Kang didn’t card a hit, he grabbed the first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
Oh also made an appearance in Sunday’s game when he replaced Adam Wainwright in the top of seventh inning.
Matt Joyce, the first batter Oh went up against, reached first base on a fielder’s choice out when first baseman Matt Adams threw the ball home to tag out Josh Harrison. Oh then allowed a single to Pirates’ John Jaso and Joyce drove home.
Although Oh didn’t collect an earned run after Joyce scored because of the fielder’s choice out in the previous play, Oh carded a blown save since he failed to maintain the lead.
By Choi Hyung-jo