Bullpen Day for 3 consecutive days – “Ace” Buchanan, who saved Samsung from running out of pitchers
Foreign pitcher Taylor Widener, who was expected to be a starting pitcher on the 31st of last month, began to get twisted when he was replaced by Hong Jung-woo due to symptoms of a cold. On this day, Samsung put in five pitchers, including substitute starter Hong Jung-woo, Kim Dae-woo, left-hander Lee Seung-hyun, Woo Kyu-min, and Kim Tae-hoon. 4-6 losses.
In the match against NC in Daegu on the 1st, starter Choi Chae-heung collapsed early with four runs in two innings, effectively marking bullpen day. Jang Pil-joon, Lee Jae-ik, Woo Kyu-min, Noh Gun-woo, and Kim Si-hyun launched a volume offensive. He was caught 0-10 by NC and fell into a losing streak.
Samsung sought to rebound the atmosphere by using Won Tae-in, the “Ace of Blue Blood,” in the home game against NC on the 2nd. However, it rained in the top of the third inning and rained for 88 minutes. Won Tae-in played two innings and handed over the mound to left-hander Lee Jae-ik. Samsung lost 1-5, falling into a swamp of three consecutive losses.
Regarding the reason for replacing Won Tae-in early ahead of the game on the 3rd, head coach Park Jin-man said, “The player is very burdened because he was seriously injured after taking the mound again two years ago in the same situation as yesterday.”
Samsung, which used up the mound due to three consecutive bullpen days, has to trust only starter David Buchanan on the 3rd. Buchanan, who took the starting mound 12 days after the match against Hanwha in Daejeon on the 22nd of last month, broke Samsung’s three-game losing streak by showing off five hits, two walks, four strikeouts and one run in 6⅔ innings. There was a crisis, but he blocked it with a minimum number of runs with his experienced pitching, and his ability to control speed stood out.
Of Buchanan’s 97 pitches, he had 65 strikes and a maximum speed of 151 kilometers, and he effectively used his main weapons such as cut fastballs, changeups, curves and two-seam fastballs. Samsung scored six points in the fourth inning, trailing 0-1.
Samsung beat NC 6-1 and escaped the swamp of three consecutive losses after the Suwon KT match on the 31st of last month. I was able to win thanks to Buchanan, who played the role of an ace who continued to win consecutive games and cut off consecutive losses.
Buchanan said after the game, “I thought I should be responsible for the long innings because there have been a lot of bullpen pitchers recently. “Even if I scored more points than full-time pitches, I thought of a long inning with fewer pitches and threw it,” he said adding, “I had a good chemistry with catcher Lee Byung-hun, and thanks to the fielders, I was able to finish the inning with a minimum number of runs.”
Meanwhile, coach Park Jin-man said, “Beaucanon, who returned healthy, showed the dignity of the ace. “The appearance of preventing a point in a crisis gave the entire team a sense of stability and was able to win the game,” he applauded]