ST. LOUIS (AP) – Kwang Hyun Kim didn’t necessarily need a translator. His smile said it all.
The St. Louis southpaw pitched six white innings, Tyler O’Neill and Paul Goldschmidt scored and the Cardinals beat San Francisco 3-1 on Saturday night, ending the Giants’ five-game winning streak.
South Korean Kim (5-5) has not allowed a run in his last 21 innings, covering more than three starts. He was launching for the first time in the United States in front of his wife and two children, which made the performance even more special.
“I tried to be calm, not to be too excited,” Kim said through an interpreter.
St. Louis has won eight of its last 10 home games against the Giants.
Kim allowed three hits in an 85-pitched outing. He took out a stick, walked two and walked away with a 3-0 lead. Kim has allowed a point or less in six of his last seven starts. His wife, Lee Sang-Hee, and two children, Minjoo and Minjae, arrived in St. Louis earlier this week.
“I can’t imagine how good that must be,” said St. Louis manager Mike Shildt. “It’s wonderful to have his family here, his children here. It’s clearly good to see him pitch so well.
Kim pitched seven white innings against the Giants on July 5. He was in full control again on Saturday.
“It’s been huge for us,” Goldschmidt said. “He gives us a good chance of winning every time he’s on the mound.”
Kim had planned to celebrate with some of her mother’s home cooking, which includes her favorite Kimchi Chigae dish, fermented chili cabbage soup.
“My mom and I use the same oven,” Kim said. “But somehow she does it better than me.”
Kim said his recent success has come from his ability to keep the ball down.
“I just fell low and my control is improving,” Kim said. “Even though (it could be) an error pitch, the pitch is low and they get singles, not extra base shots.”
Kim’s family will return to South Korea at the end of next week, but likely won’t see him initiate his next departure. He said it was important for his children to see him perform in front of a large crowd.
Anthony DeSclafani (10-4) allowed runs on five hits in six innings. He withdrew four sticks and did not grant a walk.
Alex Reyes has recorded his 21st save on as many occasions this season. It has 23 successive saves, dating from last season.
O’Neill hit his 16th homer of the season before the second inning. It was his first since a two-homer game on June 9 against Cleveland.
Goldschmidt, who had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, had a two-run explosion in the fifth. Dylan Carlson started the round with a brace.
“It was kind of a fastball down the middle and down,” Goldschmidt said. “I was just trying to hit something strong over there. In the worst case, Dylan is third and I managed to get out of it. ′
The Giants, who scored an unearned run in the seventh, set the best record in the majors at 58-33 despite the loss.
KING OF THE CUP
Tampa Bay winger Patrick Maroon of St. Louis was in attendance on Saturday. He won three straight Stanley Cup titles, including one with the Blues in 2019. Maroon received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard in the third inning.
THEY WILL COME
The game drew 40,489 fans, a season high, at Busch Stadium
Giants: INF Brandon Crawford was left out of the starting lineup on Saturday after leaving Friday’s game with a hamstring problem. He walked like a pinch hitter in the ninth.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas will kick off another batting practice on Tuesday. He was feeling great after pitching to several hitters on Friday. Mikolas hopes to start a rehabilitation session later this month. He has been out since May 23 with tightness in his right forearm.
St. Louis LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.78) will face RHP Johnny Cueto (6-5, 4.15) in the final game of three games on Sunday afternoon. LeBlanc allowed three runs in the first inning of his last start – a 10-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on July 9. Cueto allowed four runs in six innings of a 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on July 6.
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