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'Sunny Kim' Pitches Shutout for Colorado
Kim Sun Woo achieves his first career shutout game after 9 years in the U.S.
Cho Keon Ho (keonman)     Print Article 
Published 2005-09-26 11:34 (KST)   
Kim Sun Woo (known as "Sunny Kim" in Major League Baseball) accomplished his first ever shutout game since he moved to America in 1997. The Sept. 24 victory was also one of the most memorable moments in the last four years of the Colorado Rockies. The team has not recorded a shutout since John Thompson finished a game without allowing a single run for nine innings against the Atlanta Braves on Oct. 1, 2001.

Kim's fastball was tremendous as well as his razor sharp slider and dazzling changeup. It seemed that the batters of the San Francisco Giants, including veteran Barry Bonds, J.T Snow and Moises Alou, found it extremely hard to hit Kim's electric pitches and managed to connect with only three hits during the game. Unfortunately, three hits and one walk were not enough to get a run against Kim and the Rockies.

He pitched 101, with 66 strikes. Kim's ERA remarkably improved from 4.98 to 4.40, and he has made 6 consecutive wins after he moved to the Rockies when he was released by the Washington Nationals.

Nevertheless, it was not merely an easy game for Kim. As he entered the ninth inning to finish the game, he said he felt dizziness and a bit of a cramp. Despite hardship, after putting giving his total strength for the game, he endured pain and managed to complete the final inning, just the way he did for the rest of the game.

"Sunny Kim" signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1997, then spending most of his time with the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox. He was traded to the Montreal Expos in 2002, but he spent a hard time there due to an uncomfortable relationship with manager, Frank Robinson. Finally, he came to Colorado in the middle of the 2005 season and has proven himself to be a capable and consistent starting pitcher.
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