Kim Kwang-hyun of St. Louis Cardinals Reaches 1,500 Career Strikeouts

  • By Kim Sang-yun

    May 13, 2021 10:58

    Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals has reached the milestone of 1,500 strikeouts in his professional career in Korea and the U.S.

    He started an away game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday and struck out six batters, giving up five hits, one walk and one run over five and 1/3 innings. With that, he now has 1,504 strikeouts in his some 14-year career.

    Kim made his Korea Baseball Organization debut in 2007 with the SK Wyverns, now the SSG Landers, and played with them until 2019, registering 1,456 strikeouts. His rookie season in Major League Baseball last year was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was able to post 24 strikeouts in eight games. So far this season, he has 24 strikeouts in five games.

    Kim threw five scoreless frames but stepped down from the mound after giving up a double to Travis Shaw in the sixth inning with one out and a runner on second base. The Cardinals tied the game in the eighth inning, and won 6-1 in the 11th after the game went into extra innings.

    Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee on Tuesday. /AP-Yonhap

    "The Cards' sluggish offense early wasted a strong start from [Kim], who gave up just one run over 5 1/3 innings," MLB.com reported. Despite his no-decision, Kim said he was happy his start paved the way for the team to win. "Though the offensive eruption came a few innings too late to put Kim in line for a win, he remained undefeated (1-0) in his second Major League season," MLB.com added.

    The club won all five of the games in which Kim has started so far this season.

    The Cardinals are currently at the top of the National League along with the San Francisco Giants with 22 wins and 14 losses.

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