Kim Hyun-soo helps Orioles beat Padres; Ryu rained out

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Kim Hyun-soo helps Orioles beat Padres; Ryu rained out

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Kim Hyun-soo belted his second home run of the season on Wednesday.

Playing left field and batting eighth for the Orioles against the San Diego Padres, the Korean’s two-run dinger came in the top of fifth with James Hardy on the base. As soon as he got on base, Kim swung his bat against Erik Johnson’s 87-mile-per-hour two-seam fastball and sent it over the right fence. His home run extended the Orioles’ lead over the Padres to 4-1.

In addition to his home run worth two runs, Kim added more runs batted in during the next inning when he cranked a double on a line drive to left field against Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva. Kim’s double brought his teammate Matt Wieters home.

Kim went 2-for-3 during the Orioles’ 11-7 win over the Padres on Wednesday, with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Elsewhere in the Majors, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin’s rehab assignment in the minors on Wednesday was impeded by rain.

Ryu pitched for Triple-A Dodgers affiliate Oklahoma City Dodgers against Chicago Cubs affiliate Iowa Cubs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City. During his rehab start, Ryu tossed for 1 and 2/3 innings and gave out two hits and one run. He threw 26 pitches and nailed 20 of them within the strike zone to card two strikeouts.

Ryu retired three hitters in a row at the top of the first inning, striking out the first and third batter while retiring the second one on a line drive. In the second inning with one out, Ryu allowed a single to the right to Matt Murton and a bunt to Kristopher Negron. David Freitas was flied out in the next play but Murton got to third and eventually drove home.

Ryu was unable to finish off the game due to heavy rain, putting a pause to the game. Ryu was substituted out eventually.

This is Ryu’s seventh outing in the minors, including Single-A and Triple-A. He’s tossed 21 and 2/3 innings, recorded two losses and a 4.57 earned run average.

BY CHOI HYUNG-JO [choi.hyungjo@joongang.co.kr]

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