Samsung’s power to overturn 0-4 to 6-5 and ‘Sad Ending’ amid the difficulties of setup men

The Samsung Lions fell victim to the Lotte Giants reversal drama. Kim Jae-yoon, a trusted setup man, collapsed, although he showed his potential to reverse the gap in the early stages of the game.

Samsung lost to Lotte 6-7 in Game 7 of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on Saturday. It bowed its head as it failed to continue its 11-5 victory on the previous day.스포츠토토

Samsung’s right-hander Lee Ho-seong, who started the game, was shaken up at the start of the game. Lee allowed a double to leadoff hitter Yoon Dong-hee in the bottom of the first inning, and immediately gave up the first run to Lotte as he was hit by a timely RBI single by follow-up hitter Kim Min-seok.

The situation worsened to a second base with no outs as Lee Ho-seong made a wild pitch when Go Seung-min was at bat with no outs. Go also hit a timely RBI single, which widened the score to 0-2.

Lee Ho-seong hardly regained stability. In the bottom of the second inning, he gave up an RBI timely hit to Yoon Dong-hee with one out and a timely hit to Yoo Kang-nam with one out and runners on first and third bases with one out in the bottom of the third inning.

Samsung’s batters also had difficulty in attacking left-handed starting pitcher Kim Jin-wook. The offense ended with three outs in the top of the first and second innings, and Lee Seong-gyu struck out with two outs and runners on the first and third bases in the top of the third inning, to suppress regret. In the top of the fourth inning, the clean-up trio led by David McKinnon, Kim Young-woong and Ryu Ji-hyuk exited with three outs.

However, Samsung did not back down easily. With the bases loaded with one outs in the top of the fifth inning, Koo Ja-wook’s two-run timely hit and McKinnon’s one-run fly to sacrifice the outfield allowed three runs, and the team followed Lotte with a score of 3-4.

Samsung, which gained momentum, turned the game around in the top of the sixth inning when it was losing 3-5. With runners at first and third bases with no outs, Oh Jae-il’s sacrifice fly, Kang Min-ho’s triple, and Koo Ja-wook’s timely hit turned the game around 6-5.

Since then, Samsungs bullpen pitcher lineup has gained strength. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lee Seung-hyun gave up one hit, one strikeout and one strikeout in the first inning, and in the bottom of the seventh inning, Kim Tae-hoon gave up one hit and one hit in the first inning, beating Lottes lead.

Samsung was on a good track even when Kim Jae-yoon, a setup man who took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, struck out the leadoff hitter Na Seung-yeop. If he finishes the inning without losing a point, he put in closer Oh Seung-hwan in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the game.

However, Samsung lost its lead when Kim Jae-yoon allowed a tying solo home run to Yoo Kang-nam with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kim’s second 142-km fastball from the one ball made a mistake by hitting it on a high course in the middle of the strike zone. Yoo Kang did not miss it and connected it with a 110-meter solo home run that went over the left fence.

After Yoo Kang-nam hit a solo home run, Kim seemed to take a breather after hitting Choi Hang with a fly ball to the second base. However, he bowed his head as Park Seung-wook hit a come-from-behind solo home run.

Amidst difficulties in controlling ball control, Kim was forced to count against Park with three balls and one strike. At the fifth ball, a 140-km fastball drove into the middle of the strike zone, and Park swung the ball over the right fence.

After allowing the game to come from behind, Samsung failed to beat Lotte closer Kim Won-joong in his last attack of the regular inning in the top of the ninth inning. Two outs later, McKinnon’s walk on base raised hope for the final time, but the game ended when Kim Young-woong stepped down after hitting a fly ball to right field.

For Samsung, Kim’s recent struggles were painful. Through April, he had won two games and lost six ⅔ with a 2.04 ERA in 14 ⅓ and 17 innings. However, his pace has slowed down since May with one win, three losses and five holds with a 6.10 ERA in 10 games.

Samsung missed the opportunity to win consecutive games with a come-from-behind victory. With a heavy heart, it will prepare for the last day of the three consecutive weekend games against Lotte on the 26th.

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