On the 8th, the second game of the weekend between the LG Twins and the Samsung Lions was held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
In the first game, starter Yang Chang-seop could not catch the ball, and Samsung, who allowed a lot of runs in the beginning, had no choice but to lose. The LG lineup also had a structure. However, the second game was played as a pitcher’s battle, where there was nothing strange about who won. In particular, Samsung ace Buchanan led the mound alone, giving up one run until the 8th inning. Samsung’s batting line, which had not exploded, also broke out late in the ninth inning, preventing the Ace from losing.
At the end of the ninth inning, where the score was 1-1, Samsung posted closer Oh Seung-hwan. If only the 9th inning was blocked somehow, LG was also able to look at the turnaround in the 10th inning because the finisher Ko Woo-seok was missing. Until the second out at the end of the ninth inning, it seemed to be moving at the checkout counter of director Park Jin-man. However, the game was over as Austin Dean, who came out as a pinch hitter, called first base runner Min-Sung Kim home with a double that missed the side of the right fielder. It was the moment when Oh Seung-hwan’s defeat was recorded.안전놀이터
With this, Samsung confirmed the losing series of three consecutive away weekends regardless of the result of Sunday’s game. I had to take the 2nd game with Ace Buchanan to be able to deal with Plutko in the 3rd game without any burden, but that number calculation was out of order. In the circumstances, the 3rd game was also a match between Suarez and Plutko, so the pitcher’s battle was clear, so I had to take the 2nd game somehow.
As such, the problem that Samsung revealed in the two defeats was the batting line. The Samsung batting line only scored 3 points in the two games. Overall, he gave up the flow of the game himself without being able to save the chance. However, it is still early in the season, so this part can be watched a little more with time.
The bigger problem lies elsewhere. It’s a finishing pitcher problem. Samsung’s closer Oh Seung-hwan, a 41-year-old veteran, has remained the same for several years. Of course, Oh Seung-hwan, who has experienced professional baseball in Korea, the US, and Japan, is still a veteran with sufficient competitiveness as a closer. However, Samsung is still playing the season every year without welcoming the ‘post Oh Seung-hwan’.
Oh Seung-hwan’s record itself is unprecedented. He has a career ERA of 1.95 with 372 saves, which is rare even in the major leagues. He has only 8 left in his 500 career saves in Korea, the US and Japan. As such, it is fair to say that it is the best finish in the history of Korean professional baseball. However, it is also undeniable that he is not able to show the tip of the ball as before as he has been hit repeatedly since last year. It is impossible to leave the finishing touches to Oh Seung-hwan forever.
Unfortunately, however, there is no finishing pitcher like Oh Seung-hwan on the Samsung mound yet. It’s not because he’s just fast-paced, it’s not because he’s just good at guts. In the meantime, some young pitchers have tried to welcome the post-Oh Seung-hwan era, but they have not yet achieved a complete generational change.
Of course, Samsung has been preparing for tomorrow by appointing a large number of good pitchers in the rookie nomination meeting. Among them, there are many gemstones that have shown courageous pitching since high school. The question will be whether to select and nurture one of the countless gemstones as the finishing touch. If Oh Seung-Hwan himself sets a record of 500 saves in his personal career, he may slowly prepare for the end.