A close game with a score of 3-2. Ham Deok-ju of LG took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to secure victory. However, due to Ham Deok-joo’s unexpected ball hunting, the crisis of the first bases loaded came. In a situation where Woo-seok Ko, who pitched the day before, was unable to pitch, and LG was in a desperate crisis, coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop chose Baek Seung-hyun.
When Baek Seung-hyun climbed the mound, the crowd at Jamsil Baseball Stadium started to stir. Although Baek Seung-hyun is a fire bowler who can throw over 150 km, he has never recorded a single save since his debut.
The hitter to deal with was Kang Min-ho, the central hitter of Samsung. It was Kang Min-ho who had a good hitting feel recently, recording a double that day. After a tenacious game that went all the way to the 7th pitch, he struck out a swing with a slider. Kang Min-ho, who had struck out, was startled by the pitch that went sharply into the outer low course, and stood in place and looked at Baek Seung-hyun for a long time. Even catcher Kang Min-ho had thrown the ball so well that he looked embarrassed but acknowledged it. Baek Seung-hyun, who saved the team from a full base crisis by catching Kim Dong-yeop with a straight hit by shortstop, recorded the first save of his thrilling career.
Oh Ji-hwan, who caught the last out count, celebrated by throwing the victory ball to Baek Seung-hyun, and Baek Seung-hyun held the victory ball in his hand and received congratulations from his colleagues.
Baek Seung-hyun, who recorded his first save in his debut, is a player who turned from an infielder to a pitcher. As a player who joined LG as an infielder through the 2015 rookie draft, he was once called ‘post Oh Ji-hwan’ to succeed Oh Ji-hwan with his strong shoulders and solid defense. It was a player who was nominated in the third round of the rookie draft in recognition of his excellent defensive skills rather than his bat skills. However, he showed weakness in hitting, and the wall called Oh Ji-hwan was too high.
Then, on December 25, 2019, while playing in the Australian League as a member of Geelong Korea, he got on the mound because there was no pitcher. At that time, he surprised everyone by spraying a fast ball of 154 km. It was said that it was his first actual pitching since his sophomore year of middle school, but his pitching talent was amazing.안전놀이터
Baek Seung-hyun, who had a successful first season as a pitcher with an average ERA of 2.16 in 16 games and 16.2 innings in the 2021 season in the first year of pitching, was unable to climb the mound for a while as he underwent surgery to remove bone fragments in his elbow that winter. He returned late last season, but was sluggish with an ERA of 10.80 with 1 loss and 1 hold in 12 games and 10 innings.
Baek Seung-hyun seemed to be forgotten as it is, but he made the angle of the slider sharper last winter and is enjoying the fun of the slider in recent appearances. Baek Seung-hyun’s fastball speed has decreased a little this season, but he still throws a ball for 150 km and is equipped with a sharp-swinging slider to improve his ability to strike out. Even if Go Woo-seok and Jung Woo-young are absent due to the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, Baek Seung-hyun will be able to fill their vacant positions.