The Samsung Lions ran 3 consecutive wins after 4 consecutive losses after a lot of hard work. In the first game of the season against KT held at ㅋㅋㅋ벳KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 28th, Samsung won 10-9 after a sweaty match.
The game, which was leading 8-0, went into an overtime game with the bullpen pitchers struggling in the rain that suddenly became stronger and giving up 8 runs and a tie in the 8th inning alone.
In the top of the 10th inning, Samsung prevented a nightmarish come-from-behind defeat with Lee Jae-hyeon’s two RBIs and timely hits like heaven’s gold in the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the 10th inning. Lee Jae-hyun saved the team standing on the brink with a stable defense with 3 hits and 2 RBIs in 6 at bats.
Samsung almost suffered a major defeat in the bullpen hunting in a game they could easily win.
Samsung widened the score by steadily scoring in the good pitching of Suarez, the returning starter, with 6 hits and no runs in 7 innings.
Samsung took a 3-point lead with Min-ho Kang scoring 3 RBIs with 2 doubles at the right time in the 1st and 5th innings and surpassing 1100 RBIs in his career. Oh Jae-il’s 2 RBI double in the 7th inning and Kim Tae-gun’s 3 RBI double in the 8th inning made it 8-0 and seemed to be driving a wedge.
However, from the end of the 8th inning, KT did not miss the moment when the zero point of the Samsung bullpen was shaking amidst the heavy rain and showed concentration. He tied the score at once, scoring 8 points with 6 hits and 3 walks.
KT, who scored the first points with Moon Sang-cheol’s sacrifice fly from the first and third bases safely made by leader Hong Hyun-bin and Alford’s hits, pursued 5-8 with Kang Hyun-woo’s timely double, Oh Yoon-seok’s push-off walk, and Kim Sang-soo and Hong Hyun-bin’s timely hit. Pinch hitter Kim Jun-tae, who had been saved in the ensuing run with no bases loaded, pulled the second pitcher Kim Tae-hoon’s first pitch and tied the game 8-8 with a sweeping double in the right field and took the game to extra time.
KT put in Kim Jae-yoon and Park Young-hyun and showed its will to escape from 6 consecutive losses, but failed to overcome the last hurdle and fell into 7 consecutive losses in 1458 days after the match against LG in Jamsil on May 1, 2019.
Samsung foreign pitcher Suarez, who returned to the mound after 13 days, overcame concerns and was on the verge of winning his first win of the season with the best pitching this season, but had to postpone his first victory due to an arson of the bullpen.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Lee Seung-Hyun, who took the mound by 2 runs, allowed a solo home run to leader Oh Yoon-Seok, but kept a 1-run lead and recorded his second save of the season.