‘Double killing of infield fly’ BQ, good military pitcher, will it be the savior of Hanwha’s back door?

 Will Hanwha pitcher Park Sang-won (29) lock the Eagles back door?

Park Sang-won was first called up to the first team entry on the 18th. After graduating from Whimoon High School and Yonsei University, Park Sang-won, who joined Hanwha in the 2nd 3rd round (25th overall) in 2017, quickly established himself as a bullpen pitcher.

He recorded 4 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 2.10 with 9 holds in 69 games (60 innings) in 2018, and in 2019 and 2020, he appeared in more than 60 games each, recording 12 holds and 10 holds respectively. After the 2020 season, he enlisted in the military as a social worker and returned to service in August of last year after completing his military service. Upon his return, he appeared in 14 games and showed good pitching with a 2.25 earned run average with 4 holds.

The start of the season was delayed due to a right arm injury in spring camp this year. At the end of February, he suffered a residual injury at the end of the 1st camp in Arizona, USA, and started the season in the 2nd Army. He came to the first team in the last 18 days after appearing in 5 games (6 runs in 5 innings) in the Futures League.  

Park Sang-won made his first pitch against Daejeon Doosan on the 19th. Hanwha, who was leading 7-5, was chased by 7-6 in the 9th inning when Kang Jae-min hit a single and double. Kim Bum-soo took the mound from 1 out and 2nd base and became 2 out and 1st and 2nd base with a fly ball and intentional 4 pitches.

When Doosan promoted pinch hitter Kim Jae-ho, Park Sang-won took the mound after Kim Bum-soo. Park Sang-won recorded a save by handling Kim Jae-ho with a pitcher’s ground ball in a tie-breaking crisis. It was Hanwha’s first save of the season.

Against Daejeon LG on the 23rd, Park Sang-won demonstrated his excellent baseball sense in a crisis and became the winning pitcher. Park Sang-won took the mound in the 8th inning when the score was tied 4-4, with one out and bases loaded. Kang Jae-min was in a crisis situation as he was shaken by three consecutive batters on a walk.

In the game with Hong Chang-ki, Park Sang-won allowed the third base runner to score with a fastball that the catcher missed with his main weapon, a forkball. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases, Hong Chang-gi hit a timely hit, widening the score to 4-6. However, the pitcher grounded Moon Seong-joo in the 1st and 1st and 3rd bases, and the shortstop grounded Austin in the 2nd and full bases, preventing further runs.

The Hanwha batting line took a 스포츠토토chance with a bases loaded safely with consecutive hits and an opponent’s error in the bottom of the 8th inning, and turned it around to 7-6. Park Sang-won also took the mound in the ninth inning and sent out a runner with a tie for scoring with a hit and a walk. Afterwards, he demonstrated his BQ (baseball IQ) in a tense situation. The ball hit by Seo Geon-chang was a pitcher’s floating ball. Park Sang-won did not correct the batted ball and caught it with a one-bound aiming for a double play.

The referees, including the second base sim, declared an infield fly, and Park Sang-won’s double kill attempt seemed to be canceled. However, as if the runner on first base did not know the infield fly situation, he belatedly ran to second base after seeing Park Sang-won catch it with a one-bound.

Park Sang-won threw to the first baseman-shortstop and tagged out the runner on first base. If an infield fly ball is declared an infield fly, the batter runner is out even if the defender catches the fly ball as one-bound. After that, the situation is in play, so runners can stick to base or advance base. The game ended with a double out as the runner on first base was tagged out. It was possible because Park Sang-won had a sense of catching one-bound.

In Hanwha, finisher Jang Si-hwan was sluggish with an ERA of 13.50 at the beginning of the season, but went down to the second group due to a cold. Afterwards, Beom-soo Kim took on the task of finishing, and he recorded 3 blown saves. Park Sang-won took over the finishing task. He has 1 win, 1 save, 2 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks and no runs in 2 games. 

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