Baseball is a game of flows.
Sometimes, a clutch hit is more important than five hits in a row. LG captain Oh Ji-hwan read the flow of the game and saved his team from a potentially lengthy slump after a seven-game winning streak.
In the 12th game of the season against Samsung at Lions Park in Daegu on Saturday, Oh went 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs, starting at shortstop in the No. 5 spot.
He had only one hit, but it was of immense value. A two-run single that turned a 1-1 game into a 3-1 game, and the LG offense went on to score three more runs to win 7-4 and snap a two-game losing streak. Two straight losses after seven straight wins. To avoid the after-effects of the winning streak, it was important to end the losing streak quickly. The captain took the lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, Samsung starter Albert Suarez went down with a left calf injury while fielding. However, LG was unable to take an early lead against the Samsung bullpen that came out of nowhere.
Oh Ji-hwan was partly to blame. In the first and third innings, he couldn’t capitalize on his two chances to get runners on first and second base, hitting infield grounders.
He didn’t miss his third chance. In the top of the fifth inning, the score was tied 1-1.
Shin Min-jae led off with an infield single that bounced off the first baseman’s mitt, then stole second, and Hong Chang-ki followed with a single to left to put runners on first and third.
The runner was tagged out at home on a grounder to first by left-hander Moon Sung-joo, and Kim Hyun-soo was retired on an infield single. It looked like a big chance was going down the drain.
Runners on first and second. Lee Jae-ik was cautious against Austin, a hard-hitting right-hander. A wild pitch loaded the bases.
Oh faced his third chance. This time, he didn’t fail. In 2B2S, he hit a six-pitch fastball outside the zone from Samsung left-hander Lee Jae-ik for a two-run double to center field.
After Oh’s RBI single set the tone, LG made it 5-1 in the sixth on RBI singles by Hong Chang-ki and Kim Hyun-soo, and then drove in the winning run in the eighth on Moon Sung-joo’s second grand slam of the season with two outs.
“At the most important moment, our captain Oh Ji-hwan, who was the center of the team, was able to bring the overall flow of the game by making the final hit, and then we were able to win with additional runs,” said LG coach Yeom Kyung-yup. “In the beginning of the game, Im Chan-kyu played his role as a starter by overcoming many crises, and Seung-jo Kim Jin-sung, Ham Deok-ju, Yoo Young-chan, and Go Woo-seok finished the game well with good pitching.” “It was an important game with another crisis today, and I am grateful for the players’ concentration in the hot weather to win the game,” he said.스포츠토토
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