The Kia Tigers were unable to capitalize on the hard-hitting LG Twins, who led the league in batting average, thanks to a perfect game from Chan-kyu Im메이저사이트.
Im Chan-kyu has turned into an untouchable starter with a 1.13 ERA in May with four straight wins in four games.[Yonhap News Photo]
LG extended its winning streak to six games with a 7-1 victory over KIA in Gwangju on Monday behind a complete-game shutout by starter Im Chan-kyu, a three-RBI triple by Moon Sung-joo and a home run by Austin.
With the victory, LG went 2-1 in the three-game series in Gwangju over the weekend and wiped the slate clean from a three-game sweep in Jamsil in late April.
LG starter Lim Chan-kyu pitched a no-hitter through the seventh inning, giving up four hits and striking out five. After taking over for Lee Min-ho, who was sidelined with an injury early in the season, Im has been a dominant presence since April 6 against Doosan, pitching his fifth straight win and third shutout of the season in his first seven starts.
In those seven starts, he allowed six runs (six earned) in 37⅔ innings for a 1.43 ERA, and in May, he solidified himself as an untouchable starter with four straight wins with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings over four games.
KIA dropped their third straight game and fifth of the month (3-3), as starter Sean Anderson fell victim to a series of infield errors, allowing six runs (three earned) in three innings. To top it all off, Anderson was in ace mode in April with three straight wins after two losses, but his ERA soared to 7.71 in May, including a nine-run outing against the Hanwha Eagles on April 23 that lasted less than five innings.
On that day, LG had eight hits and three errors, while KIA also had eight hits and four errors.
However, LG was able to hold on for a no-hitter despite the errors, while KIA had to endure their second straight losing series as each error led to an unearned run.
LG’s outfielder Austin hit a solo home run (his sixth of the season) in the third inning, and Moon Sung-joo capped a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a bases-loaded walk-off triple down the right field line from reliever Kim Jae-yoo.
Kia was held scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning when Lee Woo-sung hit his third home run of the season, narrowly avoiding a shutout as LG’s eight hits were stranded.