A rare scene unfolded. Samsung Lions closer Oh Seung-hwan expressed his anger.
He wasn’t just angry. As Seung-Hwan Oh was coming down the mound, he threw the ball towards the third base crowd, and after entering the dugout, he threw his glove. Why?
Samsung lost 6-7 in an away game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 16th, and fell into a quagmire of 4 consecutive losses. The ranking also went down one notch from 8th to 9th.메이저놀이터
Even until the middle of the game, it was Samsung’s atmosphere. Samsung, who scored 4 points including Kim Young-woong’s ground home run in the top of the 2nd inning, added 1 point in the 3rd inning and took a 5-0 lead. In addition, starting pitcher Albert Suarez also did his part by giving up only two runs until the sixth inning.
The problem arose late in the game. From the point the bullpen was activated, it started to twist. Choi Ji-kwang, who took the mound at the bottom of the 7th inning, brought the bases loaded with two outs, and Hwang Jae-kyun hit 2 RBIs in a timely manner, narrowing the gap between the two teams to 1 point. Samsung was put in a situation where victory could not be guaranteed.
In fact, Choi Ji-kwang, who inherited the mound, was not in 100% condition.
Before the game, Samsung coach Park Jin-man, when asked about Choi Ji-kwang’s condition, said, “It’s not very good, but our bullpen pitchers are having a hard time, so a new face came and showed another side of him and quickly called up to change the atmosphere. ” has been explained.
The Samsung bench, which was in crisis ahead of the start of the 8th inning, even took out a victory card. It was Oh Seung-hwan. Instead of entrusting one inning to other bullpen pitchers such as Moon Yong-ik, left-hander Lee Seung-hyun, and right-hander Lee Seung-hyun, he immediately put in a finishing pitcher to launch a superpower.
Oh Seung-hwan, who pitched in the confidence of the coaching staff, was also shaken. Leading batsman Jung Joon-yeong made a hit with a surprise bunt, and follow-up batter Park Kyung-soo called first base runner Jung Joon-young home with a double that exceeded the center fielder’s height. In an instant, the score was tied at 6-6.
After Chi-Young Ahn’s sacrifice bunt, he became 1st and 3rd base, and before Anthony Alford’s at-bat, the Samsung bench changed pitchers once again and called left-hander Lee Seung-hyun.
At this time, Oh Seung-hwan, who was heading to the dugout, threw his ball into the third base crowd. Oh Seung-hwan, who went into the dugout with his head bowed despite the encouragement of his colleagues, threw away his glove and got angry.
It seems that Oh Seung-hwan’s anger was caused by complex reasons.
First of all, there was no choice but to be very sorry for the defense of center fielder Kim Hyeon-jun. If Kim Hyeon-jun had followed his batted ball without losing concentration until the end, the result might have been different. As fielders have been making big and small mistakes lately, it is not easy for pitchers to throw the ball with peace of mind.
One reason could be that Oh Seung-hwan did not take responsibility for the innings until the end. Obviously, from Samsung’s point of view, the replacement timing was taken for ‘seungri’, but the team left only one outcount to Oh Seung-hwan. In the end, Lee Seung-hyeon, who replaced Seung-hwan Oh, got a final hit from Ho-yeon Lee in the ninth inning. As a result, it has become a replacement, not one way or another.
It is unusual for Oh Seung-hwan, a veteran pitcher representing the team and not another player, to openly express his emotions. It also means that the atmosphere of the team is very subdued.
First of all, Samsung’s first priority is to break the losing streak. The starting pitcher on the 17th is Baek Jeong-hyun.