“It feels good to keep all the middle innings scoreless than to record a save”.
KT Wiz fifth-year right-hander Son Dong-hyun recorded his first career save.
Son took the mound in the ninth inning of a 5-2 win over Daegu Samsung Electronics on the 27th. With 142-save reliever Kim Jae-yoon having pitched three consecutive games, starting on Sept. 24 against Suwon Kiwoom, Son was tasked with shutting down the back door.
He faced the first batter, Jose Pirela, on a 3B-0S unfavorable count and induced a fly ball to center field with a five-pitch fastball (144 mph). 스포츠토토 He then retired Kang Min-ho on a grounder to shortstop.
With the bases loaded, he struck out Oh Jae-il on a swinging strikeout to end the game. KT defeated Samseong 5-2 to extend its winning streak to four games since its last win against Suwon Kiwoom on April 24.
Starter Wes Benjamin earned his sixth win of the season, going five innings and allowing two runs on four hits (one home run) with two walks and three strikeouts. Kim Sang-soo, who played for Samsung until last year, completed a three-hit game for his hometown team.
After the game, Son Dong-hyun said, “It feels good to have all of my middle relievers pitch a no-hitter than to have a save. I tried not to think about the save situation, but I was definitely nervous to pitch as the last pitcher. But it was a good nervousness, and I was able to finish the game well because (Jang) Sung-woo-hyung led me comfortably in that situation.”
He also said, “Compared to before I left the military, my thinking has changed. I used to worry about what if I couldn’t throw. But now, I don’t think about that, I think about throwing my best every day. That’s leading to good results,” he added.