Cardinals’ Oh Seung-hwan breezes through another inning

March 8, 2016
Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a pitch during spring training in Jupiter, Florida, on Feb. 25, 2016. (Yonhap)

Cardinals’ reliever Oh Seung-hwan has yet to allow a runner this spring.

By The Korea Times Los Angeles staff

St. Louis Cardinals’ new Korean reliever Oh Seung-hwan did not get to pitch against Park Byung-ho, but he did retire all three Minnesota Twins’ batters he faced.

The anticipated Korean pitcher versus Korean batter match-up did not materialize as the Twins played two games on Tuesday — one against the Cardinals in Fort Myersand the other against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, both in Florida — and they chose to send out Park against the Blue Jays. That turned out to be a good call for the Twins, since Park homered for his second straight preseason game.

The Cardinals sent out Oh early in the third inning, right after the starter Michael Wacha, and Oh retired the side in order. The 33-year-old right-hander got Twins’ veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki to ground out, from catcher to first baseman, and Danny Santana to line out to third. He then faced one of the hardest hitting second baseman in the Majors (51 home runs over last two seasons) in Brian Dozier, but got him to fly out to left.

Oh has yet to allow a runner over 2 1/3 innings, but has yet to register a strikeout.