Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

Hanwha’s bullpen collapsed again. Hanwha coach Carlos Subero’s bullpen management has failed. 

Hanwha lost the home game against SSG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League, held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 8th, 5-7 after a close match in the 10th overtime. Two days in a row, a come-from-behind defeat. SSG ace Kim Gwang-hyun attacked and led 5-0 until the 4th inning, winning easily, but after the 6th inning, he lost in a bullpen game. 

The previous day (7th) against SSG, they led 3-1 up to the 8th inning, 온라인카지노but the bullpen collapsed with 2 runs in the 9th inning and 4 runs in the 10th inning, and Hanwha, who lost 3-7, played two consecutive games against Kiwoom in Gocheok on the 1st and 2nd. All five losses, including the finish, allowed a winning run after the 7th inning. Only 3 overtime losses. 

In a situation where bullpen anxiety continued, the game flowed with a similar flow that day. Starting with Chae Eun-seong’s home run, he overcame the lead with 5 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings, and starting pitcher Kim Min-woo blocked and went down with 3 runs in 5 innings, but the bullpen could not keep a 2-point lead. In the 6th inning, Lee Tae-yang gave up 1 point, and in the 8th inning, Yoon San-heum brought the bases full with 1 company and gave the excuse for a tie. 

Coach Subero said before the game on the 8th, “The bullpen needs to find stability. If he shows the aggression he showed in the exhibition game again, he can definitely get better. Losing late is more painful for the team, and it is difficult to recover. I hope that the bullpen pitchers believe in their balls and throw them a little more boldly.” 

However, Subero’s bullpen management only added to the burden on the pitchers. Yoon San-heum, who came out in a crisis with one company and 1st and 3rd base in the 9th inning, leading by 3-2 and 1 point the previous day, but allowed a tie with two walks, giving a push score, came out from the start of the inning in the 8th inning, 1 point difference. It was a burdensome situation for the pitcher, who had no runners but still had afterimages from the previous night. 

Before the game, coach Subero said, “Yoon San-heum was one strike short in securing the victory, but I want to praise him. I am proud of his growth so far, and he is a candidate for our team’s next finisher.” I have that much faith with comments that help cheer up a player who should be feeling down, but the game didn’t go the way I wanted. 

It was the seed of misfortune that lead hitter Jeon Eui-san’s ground ball hit Yoon San-heum’s glove and deflected to second base, becoming an infield hit. Yoon San-heum’s command faltered at first out and second base, which led to Lee Jae-won’s sacrifice bunt. Choo Shin-soo walks and 1st out, 1st and 2nd bases. Kang Jae-min was warming up in the bullpen, but coach Subero did not move. Yoon San-heum gave one more hitter, but Choi Ji-hoon got a straight walk. As a result, the pitcher replacement timing was delayed by one tempo. 

In the end, the pitcher was replaced only after the bases were loaded with runners. Kang Jae-min, who was preparing for the save situation in the ninth inning, was put in early, but the situation with one company loaded was not easy. The score was tied 5-5 on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Choi Jeong-eui. It was the moment when Kim Min-woo’s victory flew away. Kang Jae-min blocked it until the ninth inning without any additional runs, but the other line failed to take advantage of the opportunity to finish the ninth inning with 1 company and 1st and 2nd bases. Brian O’Grady and Kim Tae-yeon were struck out in a row by the changed pitcher Koh Hyo-joon. 

The game eventually went into overtime. Nam Ji-min, who is scheduled to start the first game next week (against Gwangju KIA on the 11th), was put into the 10th inning, but after one out and three consecutive hits, third baseman Noh Si-hwan’s throwing mistake overlapped and gave up the finish line. In the end, another overtime loss, 5-7. All 5 losses (1 win) of the season are repeating similar failures in bullpen operation with the final point after the 7th inning. 

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