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Seo: I Felt More Excited With Many Korean Fans Watching

Posted August. 15, 2005 03:05,   


It seems as though his ball was dancing.

Seo Jae-ung (28) of the New York Mets is a master of curve ball and called the Korean version of Greg Maddux.

On August 14, in an away-game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seo led his team to a 5-1 win with his brilliant pitching. He gave up one run on five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Seo’s consecutive scoreless innings streak that he has continued from his match against Philadelphia Phillies on May 5 stopped at 20 1/3 innings after Seo allowed one run in the seventh inning with one out.

Seo won his fourth game (against one loss) after three straight wins, and lowered his ERA from 1.42 to 1.35. Seo pitched 115 balls (75 strikes) and tied his highest-ever pitch count total with the one he recorded in the match against Atlanta Braves on June 1, 2003.

When Seo came down from the mound, a total of 40,796 Los Angeles Dodgers fans applauded, and Manager Willie Randolph praised Seo, patting him on the back.

A showdown between pitcher Seo Jae-ung and his two-year junior in Gwangju Jeil High School, batter Choi Hee-seop, which has been introduced on the electronic billboard before the game, was realized in the bottom of the sixth inning. Choi has played as a pinch-hitter in the game. Though Choi had an edge on Seo with four hits (.364) in 11 bats, Seo won a complete victory against Choi this time. Seo made Choi swing with his seventh straight ball during the ball count of two strikes and two balls.

Meanwhile, Kim Byung-hyun (26) of the Colorado Rockies recorded his ninth loss (against three wins) with nine hits, two walks and six runs through five innings in a home game against Washington Nationals. The Colorado Rockies was beaten, 0-8.

Jong-Seok Kim kjs0123@donga.com