Korea edged late by Dodgers
Jang goes 2 1/3 scoreless innings; Choo earns three walks
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Thursday, March 12
Korea at the plate: A single by Ki Hyuk Park and bunt single by Jong Wook Lee off Ramon Troncoso was cashed in by pinch-hitter Hyun-Soo Kim's RBI groundout to tie the game at 1, and an infield RBI single by Jin Young Lee broke the tie. Shin-Soo Choo walked three times.Dodgers at the plate: Chin-lung Hu stroked a two-run single in the eighth to put the Dodgers ahead. Matt Kemp singled home Russell Martin with two out in the fourth inning. Orlando Hudson had a pair of singles. Blake DeWitt tied the game at 2 with a two-out RBI double in the seventh. Korea on the mound: Wonsam Jang pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with a strikeout. Hyun Wook Jong allowed the Dodgers' fourth-inning run. Taehyon Chong struck out three consecutive batters while pitching two innings. Tae Hoon Im retired only one of four batters faced on a sacrifice bunt, while Chang Yong Lim relieved and put out the rally before giving up the lead in the eighth. Dodgers on the mound: Randy Wolf pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and finished with 3 1/3 scoreless innings, four strikeouts and two walks. Hong-Chih Kuo, in his first "A" game of the spring, retired the first two batters he faced, then allowed a single and hit a batter before being removed. Troncoso allowed two runs on two hits in the fifth inning. Brian Mazone and Erick Threets worked out of inherited jams. Shawn Estes worked into and out of a jam while throwing two scoreless innings. Up next: Manny Ramirez tries it again Friday. After scratching from Thursday's game because of a tight left hamstring, Ramirez hopes to make his spring exhibition debut against Texas. Chad Billingsley will start for the Dodgers and will be followed by young pitchers Scott Elbert and James McDonald, who are vying for Major League pitching jobs.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.