Oh Seung-hwan prepares to finish the 2nd group of ‘Hotu’ with 5 innings and 3 runs against Kiwoom as a starting pitcher to recover his condition
… Samsung’s “king of the end” Oh Seung-hwan (41) of the professional baseball team
joined Samsung in 2005 after graduating from Dankook University and played only as a bullpen pitcher. Oh Seung-hwan, who changed position with closer Kwon Oh-joon (retired) during his rookie days, has been in charge of the ninth inning ever since. His 374 saves, the most ever in the KBO League, is a medal that shows how many team victories he has kept.
The 2023 season also started with Oh Seung-hwan’s finish. However, the symbol of Oh Seung-hwan, who was in his 40s, was no longer impregnableㅋㅋㅋ벳. Although he made 4 saves, he also gave up a lot of runs on successive runners, and also recorded 2 blown saves. In the end, Samsung coach Park Jin-man moved Seung-hwan Oh’s position from closer to midfielder. However, as Seung-Hwan Oh’s pitch did not recover, pitching coach Hyun-Wook Jeong suggested that Seung-Hwan Oh start, saying, “Let’s throw a lot of balls and improve our senses.”
So Seung-hwan Oh took the mound as a starting pitcher for the first time after making his 621st career appearance against Kiwoom in Daegu on the 3rd. Oh Seung-hwan, who threw 73 pitches in 5 innings, got a two-run four from Kim Hye-seong in the first inning and a timely double from Lee Jung-hoo in the second inning. He regained stability from the 3rd inning and treated it as a three-way offense for 3 consecutive innings until the 5th inning. The final report card was 5 hits, 6 strikeouts and 3 runs in 5 innings. As Samsung lost 1-4, Oh Seung-hwan recorded his first starting loss in his debut.
Even though it was a start to recover his condition, Oh Seung-hwan first mentioned his regret for his team’s defeat. He said, “It’s important for the team to win, but I feel sorry for losing a run from the first inning.” should be made,” he said.
The results of his start were evident. Seung-Hwan Oh seemed to have recovered his pitch to some extent by shooting the fastest fastball up to 149km/h. Although he threw more than 20 pitches rather than the expected 50, his pitch did not drop. Oh Seung-hwan went down to the 2nd team on the 4th and started preparing for a final return by resting and reorganizing for 10 days. Can Oh Seung-hwan, who has 26 up to 400 saves for the first time in the KBO League and only 4 out of 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan, will be able to resurrect as the “endgame king”?