First save in 9 years since debut… Park Jeong-soo “(Hong) Geon-hee took care of the ball.”
Doosan Bears relief pitcher Park Jeong-soo smiled at achieving an unexpected record.
Park Jeong-soo appeared in relief in the home game against Kiwoom Heroes of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 2nd, pitching 3 innings, allowing 4 hits, no walks, 1 strikeout, 2 runs, and 41 pitches. He contributed to the 7-2 win.
He got the first save of his career. It is the first save he has tasted in 9 years since his debut wearing the KIA Tigers uniform in 2015. He had previously recorded 6 wins, 8 losses, 2 holds, and an ERA of 5.85 in 175⅓ innings in 102 games. His performance this season was 23 games, 34⅔ innings, 1 win, 1 save, and an ERA of 4.41.
On this day, starting pitcher Brandon Waddell stayed on the mound until the mid to late innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and no runs in 6 innings. Park Jeong-su came out in the top of the 7th inning. Song Seong-moon hit a fly ball to left field, Lim Ji-yeol hit a pitcher’s grounder, and Park Chan-hyuk’s pinch hitter Ye Jin-won hit a shortstop grounder, creating a three-way comeback.
In the top of the 8th inning, he grounded Kim Si-ang’s pinch hitter Tae-jin Kim to second base and struck out Byeong-hwi Kim. After receiving a follow-up hit to left-center from Soo-jong Park, he caught Ronnie Dawson with a straight hit to shortstop.토토사이트
I swallowed my disappointment in the top of the 9th inning. With a 7-0 lead, we tried to organize the game neatly. Park Jeong-soo hit leadoff hitter Lee Joo-hyung with a foul fly to right field. He then gave up a left-field hit to Kim Hwi-jip and a right-field double to Song Seong-moon. With one out and 2nd and 3rd bases, they were in danger of scoring.
At the end of the 7-ball match with Lim Ji-yeol, the curve was captured. It led to a timely hit with 2 RBIs. Lim Ji-yeol took advantage of center fielder Kim Tae-geun’s throwing error and ran to second base. Park Jeong-su conceded two runs. The score became 7-2.
Park Jeong-su finished his pitching by defeating Ye Jin-won and Kim Tae-jin with a grounder to second base and a fly ball to center field in two pitches each.
After the game, Park Jeong-soo said, “I tried to pitch with confidence in each inning and each batter. It was very unfortunate that he gave up a run in the last inning.”
Regarding his first save, he said, “I only cared about winning against the batter. I didn’t even think about (saving), but (Hong) Geon-hee told me about it,” and “He also took care of the ball. Thank you.”
He then said, “Every time I play, I will do my best to prevent the team from conceding as few goals as possible. Please show your support.”