The Samsung Lions missed the opportunity to escape their losing streak by giving up 5 points only in the 7th inning. The bench’s faith did not work, and the uneasy infield provided an excuse for mistakes.
Samsung lost 5-6 in an away game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 17th. Samsung, which fell into the pit of 5 consecutive losses, recorded 25 wins and 36 losses (0.410).메이저놀이터
Samsung, which started by giving up a first run in the first inning, succeeded in reversing by scoring 3 points only in the 5th inning, including Kim Young-woong’s 1 RBI and timely hit. Thanks to this, starting pitcher Baek Jeong-hyeon, who continued to pitch without conceding from the second inning, was able to relieve some of the burden.
However, Samsung collapsed in an instant. The crisis began with two outs in the 7th inning with 7 out counts left until the team’s victory. After Hwang Jae-kyun and Kang Hyeon-woo’s consecutive hits made them 2 out 2nd and 3rd base, the Samsung bench avoided a head-to-head game by sending pinch hitter Jang Seong-woo to an automatic intentional walk. It was a calculation to play against Ahn Chi-young in the second baseman.
KT also did not stand still and increased the number of wins with a pinch-hit card. The player who took the bat instead of Ahn Chi-young was Bae Jeong-dae. Even with right-handed hitters from Jang Seong-woo to Bae Jeong-dae in succession as pinch hitters, the Samsung bench did not operate the bullpen and continued to leave the mound to Baek Jung-hyun. If the replacement timing was taken early the day before, in this game, the starting pitcher continued to be dragged.
As a result, this choice caused anger. After a 6-pitch game, Baek Jeong-hyeon gave Bae Jeong-dae a push-out walk, and the follow-up hitter Jang Joon-won swept 3 RBIs and doubled, and the game was overturned. The Samsung bench, which finally moved, took Baek Jung-hyun off the mound and called Kim Dae-woo, who was warming up in the bullpen.
Kim Dae-woo, who took the mound from 2nd base, induced Anthony Alford to ground a ball, and the inning was over when shortstop Lee Jae-hyun, who caught the batted ball, threw the ball to 1st base.
However, Lee Jae-hyun’s throw fell behind the first baseman, and second base runner Jang Jun-won ran all the way to the home without stopping at third base, giving KT an extra point. The gap between the two teams widened to 3 points.
Samsung, which started late, caught up by one point thanks to Jose Pirella and Kim Tae-goon’s 1 RBI and timely hits in the ninth inning, but Samsung’s pursuit stopped there. The game ended as Kim Ho-jae hit a shortstop ground ball from the 2nd and 1st and 2nd bases and withdrew.
Samsung suffered another come-from-behind defeat after failing to keep a 5-point lead the previous day. The team atmosphere is bound to subside. In the game on the 16th, closer Oh Seung-hwan, who was coming down the mound, threw the ball into the crowd and threw his glove out of the dugout, expressing his anger, but Samsung accepted the same result the next day.
At the current trend, it seems difficult for Samsung to maintain a 40% win rate.
Can Samsung, which is in a position where it has to worry about falling to the bottom, let alone fall baseball, find a breakthrough? Choi Chae-heung, who will face off against Um Sang-baek on the 18th, is heavier than ever.