Phillies news: Hyun-Soo Kim shines, Altherr struggles in KBO opener
The latest Phillies news comes from across the Pacific in the KBO
Our latest Phillies news comes courtesy of the Korean Baseball Organization where five former Phillies suited up for the season opener Monday evening.
Certain games are being aired on ESPN throughout the day both live and as replays. and Phillies fans had the chance to see some alumni appear for their new teams.
Hitting second and playing center field for the NC Dinos, Aaron Altherr went 0-4 with a strikeout in a 4-0 win over the Samsung Lions. His former teammates Ben Lively and David Buchannan did not appear for the Lions.
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Hyun-Soo Kim hit a two-run home run off Raul Alcantara in the third inning and went 2-4 with three RBI and a run scored for the LG Twins. The Twins won 8-2 thanks to a five-run eighth inning
Ricardo Pinto did not make an appearance for the KT Wiz in their 7-2 loss to the Lotte Giants.
One player we did not mention when previewing the former Phillies in the KBO is Dan Straily. He technically didn’t play for the Phillies, but was acquired as veteran depth from the Orioles in 2019 and played in Lehigh Valley, pitching in six games with a 5.18 ERA.
Straily made the opening day start for the Lotte Giants, going 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs off three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.
We’ll keep an eye on the rest of the Korean Baseball Organization stats and how those former Phillies are doing, as well as the state of Major League Baseball.