The Samsung Lions, who visited Pohang after 342 days, suffered a painful come-from-behind defeat after an extended game.
Samsung lost 3-5 in the home game against Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Pohang Baseball Stadium on the 4th. The season record of Samsung, which failed to challenge for two consecutive wins, was 28-46 (0.378), and the gap between the 9th place KIA Tigers and the lowest place Samsung widened to 5 games.
While the home game was held at Pohang Baseball Stadium for the first time in a long time since the three-game series against the Hanwha Eagles on July 26-28 last year, the team that took the lead until the middle of the game was Samsung.
At the end of the first inning, Kang Min-ho’s two-run four and Lee Jae-hyun’s one-run double hit 3 runs, and starting pitcher Albert Suarez continued pitching scoreless with 6 hits, 5 walks and 7 strikeouts in 5 innings.
However, it is true that danger signals have been detected. Suarez, who is at the bottom of the batting average and on-base percentage per inning (WHIP), threw 110 pitches while struggling to allow on-base frequently that day, and it was difficult to lead any more innings. In the end, in order for Samsung to catch the game, the bullpen, which started operating from the beginning of the 6th inning, had to catch a total of 12 outs.
In the beginning of the 6th inning, there was no problem when Woo Kyu-min (⅔ innings) and Lee Jae-ik (⅓ innings) filled 3 out counts, but after the fourth pitcher Yang Chang-seop came up in the beginning of the 7th inning, the atmosphere became strange. Yang Chang-seop allowed a run in two batters with a timely hit by Yang Seok-hwan, following hitter Yang Eui-ji’s double.
Yang Chang-seop, who was shaken by Rojas’ walk even after setting up follow-up hitter Kang Seung-ho with a double stroke, eventually handed over the mound to left-hander Lee Seung-hyun. This didn’t work either. Lee Seung-hyun, who came up from 2nd and 1st base, was hit in a row by Hong Seong-ho and Kim Jae-ho, and the two-point lead completely disappeared.
In the 8th and 9th innings, the game went into overtime as both teams’ batters were silent, and Oh Seung-hwan, the finishing pitcher who took charge of the mound from the 2nd out in the top of the 9th, took the mound in the top of the 10th inning as well. However, after giving up a hit to lead batter Heo Gyeong-min, he brought a crisis to first base safely, and dedicated a two-run four to Kim Jae-hwan. It was the moment when the weight of the game slanted toward Doosan, who took the lead for the first time after the start of the game.메이저놀이터
As defeat approached, hitters became impatient. In the bottom of the 10th, lead batter Kim Hyeon-jun hit a double, but Kang Han-ul and Jose Pirella struck out side by side. Kang Han-wool threw a one-bound breaking ball, and Pirella hit the bat with a high fastball. After Kang Min-ho’s walk, Oh Jae-il, who appeared in the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, also struck out without producing a result.
Although Doosan won that day, it suffered from a lack of concentration enough to show the number of remaining bases (16), twice as many as Samsung (8). From Samsung’s point of view, it was a game that could be caught, no, it was a game that must be caught. It was a day when Samsung lost so many things in a game with ‘Ace’ at the forefront.