On the 9th, against Doosan in Jamsil.
One of the many factors in Samsung’s 6-4 victory was Kim Tae-hoon’s eighth-inning save.
The game was a seesaw battle. In the bottom of the eighth inning, with the score tied at 4-4, Kim took the mound with runners on first and third.
His opponent was left-hander Kim In-tae. Kim got off to a shaky start.
His first pitch was well outside the zone. The second pitch was low. A strikeout.
But Kim Tae-hoon was different from then on. He made a bold move.
He drove a 145-kilometer delivery deep into the body. Strike. Four pitches later, he swung and missed at a pitch that was outside off. The runner on first went to second. Runners on second and third. One hit and two runs were on the board.
First base was empty. It was time to go to the mound.
But Kim Tae-hoon didn’t go for it. He took the sign from catcher Kang Min-ho, and once again, he boldly poked a 145-kilometer pitch to his body. Kim In-tae, who was expected to drop a forkball, was frozen in place. All five pitches were two-seam fastballs.
It was a gutsy victory.
Kim Tae-hoon said after the game, “Min-ho told me to be confident with my pitches, so I followed his lead. I threw as hard as I could, thinking that I would win the ball count 2B2S.”
As expected, Kim Tae-hoon’s strengths were on full display. Thanks to his handling of the crucial last inning, Samsung was able to score three runs in the top of the ninth inning with Yoo Soo-sik and Kim Hyun-joon’s wedge hits.
The veteran reliever seemed to hit the ground running with his new team, going 1-2 with two saves shortly after joining Samsung. He started to struggle in May. After one or two bad outings, he became discouraged. He lost some confidence. As his confidence in his pitches waned, a vicious cycle began.
This pitch was an impressive one that could be the turning point in his rebound. 안전놀이터
The aggressiveness of Kim’s unique two-seam fastball can help him capitalize on the power of his struggling forkball.
The bullpen is back after a brief hiatus. He’ll be a welcome addition to the team’s recent surge.