No bells rang, no cheering songs rang out. The day started as a starting pitcher, not the last pitcher. It is the story of the final boss.
Samsung Lions Oh Seung-hwan started the 5th game of the season against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 3rd.
This game is the first time Oh Seung-hwan, who debuted in the KBO League in 2005, stood on the mound as a starter. Prior to the game, Oh had played 620 KBO games, recording 38 wins, 20 losses, 17 holds, 374 saves, and an average ERA of 1.97.
However,메이저놀이터 this season, he was sluggish with 1 win, 1 loss, 4 saves, 2 holds, and an average ERA of 4.50. After putting down his finish, he went down to the bullpen and tried to find a solution, but it wasn’t easy. In the end, at the suggestion of Samsung pitching coach Jung Hyun-wook last weekend, the story of ‘Oh Seung-hwan’s debut game’ came out, and it became a reality.
Samsung coach Park Jin-man, whom I met before the game, said, “Since I have a lot of experience, I am looking forward to how I will solve the innings as a starter. It’s the first time I’ve seen it, so many will come. Fans will also have expectations.”
It was good to handle Lee Jung-hoo, the lead batter in the first inning, with his own hands. However, he was hit by a double by Park Chan-hyeok and gave up his first home run of the season to Kim Hye-seong, scoring two runs. Third home run of the season. Following this, he immediately gave up three consecutive hits, allowing a double to Edison Russell. Fortunately, Lee Won-seok and Lee Hyung-jong were treated as a hit and did not allow any more runs.
The start of the 2nd episode was good. Leading batter Lim Byeong-wook was struck out on a swing, and Kim Hui-jip was also treated as a strikeout. He gave up a hit to Lee Ji-young. Then, he gave Lee Jung-hoo a huge double through the middle left, and Lee Ji-young, who was on first base, came home, increasing the number of runs to 3. He prevented more runs by passing Park Chan-hyuk with a floating ball.
In the 3rd inning, he made the first tripartite inning of the day. He struck out Kim Hye-seong with a ground ball to second base, Russell with a fly ball to right field, and Lee Won-seok with a swinging miss. Seung-Hwan Oh, who also came up in the 4th inning, struck out Hyung-Jong Lee and Byung-Wook Lim, and then treated Hui-Jip Kim with a foul fly at first base.
Oh Seung-hwan also came up in the 5th episode. He had 63 pitches through the fourth inning, but he was on the mound. He handled Lee Ji-young with his own hand and turned Lee Jung-hoo into a ground ball in front of the catcher. Park Chan-hyeok struck out on a swing.
Oh Seung-hwan was here. Oh Seung-hwan handed the mound to Choong-yeon Choi before the start of the sixth inning. On this day, Oh Seung-hwan recorded 5 hits (1 home run), 6 strikeouts and 3 runs in 5 innings. It was regrettable that he gave up a home run, but he had no shots and the maximum speed was 1 km per hour.
Oh Seung-hwan threw 73 pitches that day. He picked and threw 34 fastballs, 21 sliders, 12 forkballs and 6 curveballs. His top speed is 149 km/h.
Oh Seung-hwan (40 years, 9 months, 18 days) broke the record for the oldest starting pitcher in the KBO with his pitching that day. He also rewrote the personal record for most innings and most pitches, of course. The record for most strikeouts is tied.
On this day, Samsung lost 1-4, and Oh Seung-hwan also piled up losses, but what he showed on this day was impressive. It showed that the Oh Seung-hwan we knew came back.