Samsung Lions right-hander Hwang Dong-jae put off his first win of the season to the next opportunity despite a good pitch. Not only the fans, but Samsung coach Park Jin-man was also disappointed.
Hwang Dong-jae, who started as a starting pitcher instead of Won Tae-in, who skipped the rotation due to back muscle tension, played 5 innings, 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk 4 in an away game against the LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 15th. He struck out and scored 1 run.
Although there were fewer innings than the Daegu NC Dinos match on the 8th (5⅔ innings, 5 runs, 4 earned runs), which was the previous appearance, the pitching was much better. With only 67 pitches as well as the first win of the season, Hwang Dong-jae could have held the mound longer.
But the bullpen pitchers couldn’t keep the lead. The Samsung bullpen gave up a massive 8 runs at the end of the 6th inning and allowed a comeback at once, and eventually Samsung lost 3-9. Hwang Dong-jae’s victory was also canceled.
Then, what is the reason why the command tower took the replacement timing one beat faster?
Head coach Park Jin-man said, ahead of the away game against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 16th, “(The bottom of the 6th inning) was the order leading to the center batting line. He explained the reason for the replacement, saying, “Hwang Dong-jae lost a lot of balls (in the zone) to catch the count in the third inning rather than in the beginning.”
“Honestly, even if it’s not safe, I thought it would be better to run the bullpen quickly from the beginning than to use the bullpen in a crisis situation, so I quickly replaced the brass material, but it doesn’t seem to fit well. In the end, it’s all the director’s responsibility,” he added.
Hwang Dong-jae, who faithfully performed the role given to him, was eliminated from the first team entry ahead of the KT match on the 15th. He plans to continue preparing as a starting pitcher in the second team for the time being. 메이저놀이터
Manager Park Jin-man said, “In the summer, the starters have to take a break for physical and managerial reasons, but I’m trying to keep preparing for it. He was sent down to District 2,” he said of his future plans.