The best finishing pitcher in Korea. However, Oh Seung-hwan (41, Samsung Lions), who had been transformed into a starter due to extreme sluggishness, has finally returned to his true form.
Oh Seung-hwan climbed the mound in the top of the 9th inning in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the KIA Tigers at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 16th, with the team trailing 2-8, and threw 15 pitches in one inning to perform a perfect pitch.
Only curiosity remained. Why did Oh Seung-hwan start in a situation where the game was already on the rise, rather than in a finishing situation or a winning situation?
On this day, Samsung was leading 2-1 until the 6th inning, amid good pitching by starter Won Tae-in, who allowed 1 run in 6 innings. The problem was in the 7th inning. While the second pitcher, Kim Tae-hoon, caught only one outcount, he allowed 1 run with 3 hits and 1 walk. Woo Kyu-min also got 2 hits and gave up 2 runs, and right-hander Lee Seung-hyun gave up a three-run home run to Socrates Brito, turning the game upside down.
In the beginning of the 8th inning, Moon Yong-Ik climbed the mound and kept one inning scoreless, and before the beginning of the 9th inning Oh Seung-hwan’s song ‘Lazenca Save Us’ rang out in Lions Park. The climb at the point of making one tilt one’s head.
Oh Seung-hwan, who handed over the finishing position to left-hander Lee Seung-hyeon at the beginning of the season due to uneasy pitching, even climbed the mound as a starting pitcher with an extreme drug prescription. It was the commanding tower’s intention that he hoped that he would lighten the burden of conceding runs and regain confidence and condition by throwing enough pitches. Oh Seung-hwan finished the inning with a clean pitch.메이저놀이터
Director Park Jin-man confirmed why Seung-hwan Oh took the mound in a situation where the match was over. Director Park said, “I was preparing to go up unconditionally in a save situation.” “But there was an arson in the bullpen in the middle. I had no choice but to raise it in the ninth inning to check my condition.”
Oh Seung-hwan’s pitching was different. Director Park Jin-man said, “I think I gained more confidence, such as kicking more powerfully than last time,” and “I thought I was well prepared mentally.”
Oh Seung-hwan, who is aiming for 374 saves, the most ever in the KBO league, and even 400 saves, returns to the finishing position. When Oh Seung-hwan was sluggish, left-handed Lee Seung-hyun, who was in charge of the temporary finisher, was left out. Director Park said, “I plan to use left-hander Lee Seung-hyun as a finisher depending on the situation.” However, “Lee Seung-hyun had a slight problem with his body and was canceled from the entry. I thought I wouldn’t be able to throw for a few days because of discomfort in the back, so I took action for the time being. Oh Seung-hwan is pitching well, so I will go into a save situation so that he can regain his true form.”