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Managers shrug off rainout in baseball championship series

2018/11/08 16:54

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By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- After a pivotal game in the South Korean baseball championship series was rained out Thursday, the two managers in action maintained a business-as-usual mindset.

The SK Wyverns are leading the Doosan Bears two games to one in the best-of-seven Korean Series following their 7-2 victory on Wednesday at home, SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, west of Seoul.

Trey Hillman, manager of the SK Wyverns, speaks to reporters at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 8, 2018. Game 4 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears was rained out and will be played at the same venue on Nov. 9. (Yonhap) Trey Hillman, manager of the SK Wyverns, speaks to reporters at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 8, 2018. Game 4 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears was rained out and will be played at the same venue on Nov. 9. (Yonhap)

But Game 4, set to start at 6:30 p.m. at the same stadium Thursday, was called off just after 4 p.m. due to rain. It has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Some Wyverns players who came out to play catch before the game was called off said they'd rather be playing while the momentum is on their side. But their manager, Trey Hillman, said he won't dwell too much about things he can't control.

"I just put it in the category of 'uncontrollables,'" Hillman told reporters just before the game was postponed. "You've just got to adapt and adjust."

   Hillman admitted it "never hurts" to get an extra day off for his bullpen, especially left-handed reliever Kim Tae-hoon.

Kim threw 1 2/3 shutout innings on Wednesday, and has thrown 3 2/3 innings in this series after tossing 3 1/3 innings in a five-game series against the Nexen Heroes in the previous round.

Hillman's counterpart, Kim Tae-hyung, will get a favorable starting pitching matchup after the extra day off. Right-hander Lee Young-ha was scheduled to start Game 4, but now Kim will go to his No. 1 starter, Josh Lindblom, on Friday. Lindblom was the losing pitcher in Game 1 on Sunday and will pitch on normal rest Friday.

But asked if the rainout favors the Bears, Kim Tae-hyung smiled and said, "I think it will favor whoever wins tomorrow."

  

Kim Tae-hyung, manager of the Doosan Bears, speaks to reporters at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 8, 2018. Game 4 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears was rained out and will be played at the same venue on Nov. 9. (Yonhap) Kim Tae-hyung, manager of the Doosan Bears, speaks to reporters at SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Nov. 8, 2018. Game 4 of the Korean Series against the Doosan Bears was rained out and will be played at the same venue on Nov. 9. (Yonhap)

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