At the moment Hanwha confirmed its sixth consecutive win, closer Park Sang-won (28) was there. Park Sang-won pitched as a relief pitcher in the bottom of the ninth inning against Kiwoom in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 10th.
Hanwha led by only 9-8 by 1 point. Hanwha led 9-2 until the top of the fourth inning, but was sweating from Kiwoom’s fierce pursuit. Kiwoom, who had already caught the flow of the chase, also made a fierce attack in the bottom of the ninth inning. When Park Chan-hyuk and Kim Si-ang hit, Kim Hye-sung picked up a walk and filled the ground with three players.
Park Sang-won was driven to a corner with two outs and a full base, but did not avoid the match against Ronnie Dawson. He pushed only with a fastball. A heartfelt 148km fastball thrown at Dawson. Dawson’s ball quickly passed Park Sang-won and seemed to lead to a heavy hit. But it was shortstop Lee Do-yoon who moved faster than him. Lee Do-yoon caught Dawson’s ball and threw it to first base, and Hanwha was recorded as the winner of the game. 토토사이트
“I feel once again that baseball is never done alone,” Park Sang-won said, “I’m really grateful to (Lee) Do-yoon.” “I should buy you a delicious meal,” he said, expressing his gratitude to Lee Do-yoon for his good defense.
Park Sang-won is playing a full-time season as a closer for the first time this year. Until last year, the total number of saves was one, but this year, he has already accumulated 15 saves. Having played 45 games this season, he has completely established himself as Hanwha’s new closer with 5 wins, 3 losses, 15 saves, and a 2.48 ERA.
The pressure of the closer who is responsible for the last minute of the game is beyond imagination. However, Park Sang-won said, “I won’t be the only one under pressure. It’s true that Kiwoom hitters were in a hurry because they couldn’t turn the tables in the eighth inning, he said. “That’s why we don’t put pressure on ourselves and do our best to win the team, whether it’s one point difference, two points difference, or three points difference.”
Park Sang-won has contributed to Hanwha’s recent rise by winning five saves in September alone. Hanwha swept four consecutive games against Kiwoom and won six consecutive games. It is the first time in 7,300 days that Hanwha has swept four consecutive games, including a double header, since the match against LG in Daejeon on September 13-15, 2003.
But Park Sang-won gave the ball to the fielders. “In the end, it is baseball that you can’t win unless batters score. No matter how well pitchers throw, our team’s score is zero. Bullpen pitchers are also in the spotlight, but we seem to win because batters continue to score,” Park Sang-won said.
He also wondered how he felt about playing the full-time season as a closer for the first time since his professional debut. Park Sang-won said, “I realize that one ball is more precious and more important,” adding, “There is no one behind me, but I think it’s still cool.” In a way, it feels like I’m standing at the end of a cliff. It’s dangerous to stand at the end of a cliff, but isn’t the picture taken there cool. I’m trying to think in a good way,” he said. Who can express the feeling of standing on a cliff like this. The search for Jung Woo-ram’s successor, which has been one of Hanwha’s long-cherished desires, is now slowly entering the final stage.