It was literally an ace-like pitch. Samsung Lions right-hander Won Tae-in played a good fight in front of the home fans and even acted as a ‘stopper for consecutive losses’.메이저사이트
Samsung won the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League season 11 against the Hanwha Eagles at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 2nd, winning by one point 2-1 and breaking out of a 4-game losing streak.
Won Tae-in, who took the mound as a starting pitcher that day, recorded 4 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings, stopping Hanwha’s 9-game winning streak and harvesting 5 wins for the season.
In the beginning of the second inning, Won Tae-in gave up the first run with Jeong Eun-won’s sacrifice fly from 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base, and continued pitching without any additional runs, and was responsible for 6 innings alone. It completely blocked the Hanwha batting line, which achieved double-digit scores the day before and all starting hits.
After the game, Won Tae-in said, “Whether it’s a losing streak or a winning streak, I prepare for the game with the same mindset, but the team atmosphere is not good, so I wanted to make a turning point myself, and I said to (Kang) Minho-hyung and the coaches, ‘I will end the losing streak.’ I think I pitched well because I tried to take a lot of responsibility because I was on the mound.”
He continued, “I went up to the mound with the thought that I wouldn’t give a point because the starting pitcher had no choice but to give no points to balance pitching and hitting,” he said. It was not good, but Minho-hyung hit a home run, so I was able to calm myself down on the mound and pitch thinking that it was 0-0.” He looked back on his game.
The score remained the same until the end of the game as neither team scored from the 4th inning. The pitchers blocked it well, but the other line did not score enough runs, so Samsung could not relax until the last out count in the top of the ninth inning.
However, Won Tae-in said, “As always, I had to trust the bullpen pitchers, and I believed them. I want to say thank you to the bullpen pitchers, Hyun-Jun, and all the players for being able to keep one run with ,” revealing his trust in the pitchers and his teammates.
When the game ended with Oh Seung-hwan’s save, all players expressed joy, including Won Tae-in.
He said, “The coach and the players all said that the pitching and hitting balance is not good, so the players should not be too stressed and not be too upset about losing a game, but all the players must have had the same mind. It’s natural to want to win in front of the fans, so everyone liked it when it was over.”
In fact, Won Tae-in had to climb the mound in various ‘unfavorable conditions’. It was burdensome that the team fell into a losing streak, but we had to prepare for the game in the ‘steamy heat’ of over 30 degrees. In addition, on the 27th of last month, Tae-in Won, who threw 98 pitches in 8 innings against the Lotte Giants in Sajik, was given only 4 days of rest.
Won Tae-in said, “Honestly, it was very difficult. I couldn’t adapt to the sudden hot weather, but the coach gave me advice that I would be able to overcome the heat if I played the game with the thought of catching up and not throwing too much power.” He said, “I listened to (the coach’s advice) and went in and was able to get over it well while adjusting the strength rather than sticking with too much force.”
On this day, there was a scene that caught my attention as much as Hotu. It was right after the top of the 6th inning. In the top of the 6th inning, Won Tae-in got an outcount with Moon Hyun-bin’s ground ball from 2nd base on 1st base and ended the inning, and many fans in the third base crowd chanted his name.
After taking off his hat, Won Tae-in bowed his head to the home fans and said, “Despite my poor performance, many people came to visit me yesterday and today, so I wanted to throw better. I think I greeted the fans as a way of repaying my gratitude,” he explained the situation at the time.
Won Tae-in said, “(Hearing the cheers of the fans) I really like it. Honestly, I think I am playing baseball because of that one thing. When I come down, when such a situation arises, I feel very proud of myself.”
The team ended its losing streak, and the confidence of Won Tae-in, who won the first game in July, went up. He said, “I think we can rebound at any time.” emphasized.