With back-to-back wins in the final two games of a three-game weekend series, the Samsung Lions completed their first three-game sweep of the season.
On Sunday at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu토스카지노, the Samsung Lions defeated the Kiwoom Heroes 8-6 behind a seven-inning no-hitter from starter Won Tae-in and three-hit games from Koo Ja-ook and Oh Jae-il.
After turning around a close game in the previous day’s game on Saturday with Oh Jae-il’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, Samsung was faced with an 8-0 lead in the game a day later, but the bullpen that followed Won Tae-in in the top of the eighth inning collapsed, giving up a whopping six runs in one inning.
With Lee Sang-min, Hong Jung-woo, and Seung-hyun unable to close out the inning, Samsung’s Tae-hoon Kim barely got through the top of the eighth, and Oh Seung-hwan, pitching for the second straight day, pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the win and his 23rd save of the season.
After setting the stage for the ‘Promised Eighth’ victory, Samsung went from heaven to hell in the eighth inning a day later.
With both teams eventually taking both games in eighth-inning blowouts, Samsung showed the power of winning the best-of-three series with two straight wins after dropping the first game. This is the first time since early June against Lotte that Samsung has won the Winning Series with two straight wins after losing the first game.
Samsung, which had only won one game against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon before the series was canceled due to rain in Game 2, continued the momentum from its previous three-game series against LG and Kia, finishing with a 2-1 record in all three games for the first time this season.
With the team’s role as a backstop becoming particularly important in the second half of the season, Oh Seung-hwan’s role as the team’s go-to guy has grown, and with 10 more saves already in the month of August, he is seven away from reaching 400 career saves in the KBO.
With back-to-back wins down the stretch, Samsung continues its late-season dominance, closing the gap on the seventh-place Lotte Giants to 2.5 games, before hosting the resurgent KT Wiz in the final three-game series of August.
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