Samsung Lions’ Friday night was like a ‘nightmare’. 스포츠토토 It is an unavoidable process, but I tasted a bitter defeat from the first game after replacing the finisher. I felt that Oh Seung-hwan was a big part of the team.
Samsung lost 4-5 in an away game against the KIA Tigers in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on the 21st. Choi Hyung-woo, who fired a three-runner to end the ninth inning, put a dagger at his team.
The process went much smoother than expected. Jang Pil-jun, who started as a substitute starter, gave up only 1 run in 3 innings, minimizing runs, and there was no major problem in the process of connecting Lee Jae-ik (1⅔ innings), Kim Dae-woo (1⅓ innings), and Lee Sang-min (⅓ innings).
Oh Seung-hwan, who should have come out to end the game normally, got on the mound at the end of the 7th inning with 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base. Head coach Park Jin-man, who met with reporters prior to the match against Kiwoom Heroes the day before, announced that he would entrust left-hander Lee Seung-hyun to finish the match instead of Oh Seung-hwan. As planned by the coaching staff, Oh Seung-hwan took the mound early.
The result was a great success. After turning Byun Woo-hyuk into a catcher foul fly, he allowed Kim Seon-bin to walk, but Hwang Dae-in struck out and escaped the crisis with the bases loaded with two outs. Another veteran pitcher, Woo Kyu-min, who took the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning, also deleted one inning without sending a runner on base.
With three out counts left until victory, Lee Seung-hyun, who was dropped as the finisher, took over the mound. However, after being hit by lead batter Lee Chang-jin, the follow-up hitter, Socrates Brito, was sent out on a straight walk. In Musa 1st and 2nd base, he bowed his head, dedicating 3 reversal points to Choi Hyeong-woo.
The failure to get an outcount against the two batters in front led to a come-from-behind defeat, but it is not a situation where Lee Seung-hyun, who is in his third year as a pro, will be responsible for the defeat alone. It was the first appearance after the transition to finish. Even though he had experience with Pil Seung-jo, there was no choice but to feel a lot of pressure about being in charge of finishing with a fixed one.
In the end, not preparing for such a crisis in advance caught Samsung’s ankle in a decisive situation. Even after detecting the danger signal several times, the ‘new face’ to be responsible for the back door has not been decided. I needed consideration for Oh Seung-hwan, a ‘veteran’ who lost his confidence, but the timing was too late.
He can’t always win by scoring all the points. Only when you have the strength to endure in a close game situation can you become a strong team. Samsung, which has not prepared for sure, still seems to have a long way to go.