500 saves…a record ‘to die for’

Seung-hwan Oh (Samsung Lions) became the first Korean-American pitcher in history to record 500 career saves in Korean baseball.

In the bottom of the ninth inning of a 9-6 home win over the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) on Saturday at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, Oh Seung-hwan, the team’s fifth pitcher, pitched one inning of one-hit, one-strikeout ball to earn his eighth save of the season, 378th of his KBO career, and 500th of his Korean-American career.

Oh has 80 saves in two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and 42 saves in four seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

In Busan, KT WIZ won their third straight game, beating the Lotte Giants 4-1 behind a strong pitching performance from ‘resignation-proof’ Ko Young-pyo, to begin their climb out of last place. They moved to 19-30, tied for ninth place with the Hanwha Eagles, who also lost.

Ko Young-pyo, who has been strong whenever he’s on the mound at Sajik Stadium, pitched seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 4-3 토토사이트 on the season. The KT bats took advantage of a brief lull in Lotte starter Park Se-woong in the top of the second inning, scoring two runs.

Park recorded a six-inning, two-run quality start (six or more innings of work with three or fewer earned runs), but the bats were stymied by Ko Young-pyo and he took the loss.

The LG Twins pounded the Kiwoom Heroes for 15 hits at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul and cruised to a 9-1 victory. LG captain Oh Ji-hwan, who was batting just .189 in his last 10 games prior to the game, was the difference maker, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and one run scored for his first multi-hit game (two or more in a game) in 16 games since last month’s game against KT.

Foreign-born outfielder Austin Dean went 4-for-5 and reached base three times in four plate appearances. LG’s foreign ace Casey Kelly earned his sixth win of the season (3-0) with five innings of one-run ball.

At Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, the Doosan Bears defeated the Hanwha 4-1. Doosan veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun, who earned his first win in five years against Samsung on March 23, pitched five and one-third innings of one-run ball to earn his second win of the season. He now has 131 career wins.

In Gwangju, top-ranked SSG Landers defeated the KIA Tigers 2-1 behind strong performances from foreign starter Roenis Elias and the bullpen to maintain a one-game lead over LG. KIA starter Yoon “Rookie” Young-cheol suffered his second loss in as many starts (7 innings), highest pitch count (99), and two earned runs, but was unable to get any offensive support.

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