Military outfielder Kim Jae-hyuk, whom coach Park Jin-man expects, saved Samsung from 0-13 humiliation loss.퀸알바
The Samsung Lions, led by head coach Park Jin-man, suffered a crushing defeat against the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese professional baseball at Akama Ball Park in Onnason, Okinawa, Japan, on the 12th. Following the 4-10 loss against the Chunichi Dragons on the 11th, the team has won two consecutive practice games.
Of course, even if the main players are missing, successive losses are a disappointing result.
On the day, Samsung started in the order of Kim Ji-chan (second baseman), Kim Sung-yoon (center fielder), Kim Hyun-joon (right fielder), David McKinnon (designated hitter), Jeon Byung-woo (third baseman), Kim Jae-sung (clogger), Kim Jae-hyuk (first baseman), Yoon Jung-bin (left fielder), and Kim Young-woong (striker). The starting pitcher is left-hander Lee Seung-hyun, who is expected to change from the bullpen ahead of this season.
He got off to a good start when he allowed no run in the first inning with three outs and two strikeouts, but the third inning was a problem. He faced a full base crisis in the top of the third inning with no outs and a walk-hit and a walk, and allowed the first run on a sacrifice fly before passing the ball over. Since then, Lee Seung-hyun’s final run has become three as Hong Won-pyo failed to block the remaining runners’ run. He allowed one hit, two strikeouts, three walks and three runs in 2.1 innings.
Pitchers who have joined the team since then also had regrets. Left-hander Choi Chae-heung, who like Lee Seung-hyun is considered a candidate for the fifth season, bowed his head to four hits, four strikeouts and four runs (two earned) in two innings, and Choi Ji-kwang, who is dreaming of joining the team, gave up four hits (one homer) and three strikeouts and six runs (five earned) in two innings. The two reserve pitchers, who showed poor performance since joining the team in the middle of last season, are aiming for a rebound this season.
However, Hong Jung-woo in the eighth inning and Choi Ha-neul in the ninth inning blocked one inning without allowing any more runs.
Samsung, which had failed to score a single point until the seventh inning, scored a long-awaited run with Kim Jae-hyuk’s solo home run to left in the eighth inning as the leadoff hitter. If Kim’s home run had not been hit, he might have had a bitter taste of 0-13 humiliating loss.
Kim Jae-hyuk, a graduate of Jeju High School and Dong-A University who joined Samsung as the 13th pick in the second and second rounds of the 2022 Rookie of the Year draft, had a batting average of 0.242 eight hits and three RBIs in 15 games in the 2022 season before joining the military athletic unit in May that year. He had a batting average of 0.267 31 hits, two homers, 16 RBIs and 26 runs in 50 games of the 2023 season before being discharged from the military in November last year.
At the closing camp, he won the hearts of coach Park Jin-man. “I saw him at the closing camp last year, and he got a lot better. I’ve been watching him before as a staff member. Maybe it’s because he came back from the military, but he has improved his physical and mental health. He is a player who can lay a foothold in the competition for outfielders,” he once said.
With this home run, he once again captured manager Park Jin-man’s heart.
Samsung had no runs other than Kim Jae-hyuk’s home run. Kim Ji-han, Yang Woo-hyun, and Gong Min-gyu hit a single, and Yoon Jung-bin hit a double, but no runs were scored. McKinnon went 0 for 3.