JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Kwang Hyun Kim showed no signs of the groin tightness that kept him from making his previously scheduled start, pitching two shutout innings for the St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Mets on Thursday.
After Adam Wainwright gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings, Kim extended his spring training scoreless streak this year to five innings. He allowed his first three hits.
“I’m pretty satisfied with the results and my groin is 100% right now,” Kim said through a translator.
With runners on second and third in the sixth, Kim escaped the threat by inducing a comebacker from Robinson Canó.
“I really appreciate how he just continued to compete and execute and bear down,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s a really, really positive sign. He’s clearly got multiple pitches to be effective and I thought he had a nice day.”
“I hope I can catch a big fish,” Kim said. “If I do, I will take a photo and then show you later.”
Wainwright didn’t strike out a batter.
“I’m missing the last little bit of life — the jump on the heater, and the last little bit of sink on the sinker, the last little bit of slide on the slider, the last little bit of drop on the curveball,” Wainwright said. “I had two strikes a lot, couldn’t put anybody away.”
New York No. 9 hitter Johneshwy Fargas completed a cycle with an eighth-inning home run off John Brebbia. The 25-year-old Fargas has not played above the Double-A level.
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