Senior infielder Oh Jae-il, who gathered on the mound with the players, shared the joy of thrilling victory by showing dizzying skinship toward Samsung’s ‘New Closer’ Lee Seung-hyun.
Samsung won 1-0 in the first match of the season against Doosan in the 2023 KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 26th. 안전놀이터
The confrontation between the aces of both teams, Buchanan and Alcantara, unfolded as expected in a tight pitching battle. The balance of 0 was broken 4 times.
Koo Ja-wook, who started as the lead batter at the bottom of the 4th inning, hit Alcantara, who had no hits until the 3rd inning, and hit a solo home run. This home run eventually became the final home run.
Buchanan had 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings, and played a scoreless fight, followed by middle pitchers Lee Seung-hyun (right-hander), Oh Seung-hwan, and Lee Seung-hyun (left-hander), who showed a perfect fight that did not allow the opponent to score a run.
Samsung’s new closer Lee Seung-hyun, who took the mound following Oh Seung-hwan with two outs in the 8th inning, also took the mound in the ninth inning.
Lee Seung-hyun caught the first batter Yang Eui-ji’s batted ball flying to the left center with a diving catch by center fielder Kim Seong-yoon and got an outcount.
However, he was hit by Kang Seung-ho and Heo Kyung-min in a row and was driven to the 2nd, 1st and 3rd bases, and in a situation where a single hit could have tied the score, he caught Lee Yu-chan with a ground ball to the second baseman and saved.
It was his first save of the season and the second of his career. Samsung succeeded in escaping its 4th consecutive loss by maintaining a close 1-0 lead, and after the game ended, Samsung players gathered on the mound for a high-five.
First baseman Oh Jae-il stretched out his right hand toward Lee Seung-hyun and grabbed his neck.