“I want to be a pitcher who can consistently complete regulation innings in the future.”
Oh Won-seok (SSG Landers) started the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Kiwoom Heroes at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, South Korea, on March 13 and pitched six innings, allowing one run (one earned) on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Oh threw 88 pitches through the sixth inning. He mixed a four-seam fastball (46 pitches), slider (30 pitches), changeup (8 pitches), and curveball (4 pitches). His fastball was clocked at 146 km/h.
Oh got off to a shaky start. In the first inning, he gave up back-to-back singles to Kim Hye-seong and Ronnie Dawson and walked Lee Joo-hyung to load the bases. He then gave up a sacrifice fly to Kim Hwijip. However, Song Sung-moon induced a grounder to the shortstop for a double play to keep the damage to a minimum.
In the top of the second, he gave up a leadoff single to Lim Ji-yeol, but he got Park Soo-jong to fly out to center and Kim Jae-hyun to ground into a double play. The top of the third inning was also shaky. Park Chan-hyuk was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch and a walk followed, putting runners on first and second with no outs. But Dawson struck out the side and got Lee Joo-hyung to ground into a double play.
In the top of the fourth inning, Won-seok Oh recorded the first triple play of the game. In the top of the fifth, he got some help from his defense. With runners on first and second, Kim Hye-sung singled to put runners on first and second. Dawson followed with a single to right field. Kim stole second and sprinted to third base. However, Han Yoo-seom’s accurate throw from right fielder Han Yoo-seom made the catch at home.
Oh Won-seok took the mound in the top of the sixth and retired all three batters he faced. It was his seventh quality start of the season (6+ innings, 3 earned runs or less).메이저놀이터
SSG won the game 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth on Kiumb’s final out, extending their winning streak to three games and clinching a postseason berth. However, they are still in contention for third place.
After the game, Oh Won-seok said, “Today’s quality start was important, but I’m more happy that we continued the team’s winning streak,” adding, “We had the bases loaded in the first inning, so I knew it would be a tough game. However, the fact that I was able to quickly engage the batters with the idea of minimizing the runs led to a good result.”
Won-seok Oh threw 144 innings last season, his first career complete game. He followed that up with 144⅔ innings this season, marking the second consecutive year he has pitched in regulation. He set the record in his 100th career start.
“I heard that I pitched two consecutive years of regulation innings, but I think it’s important for a starting pitcher to consistently pitch innings,” Oh said. “I want to be a pitcher who can consistently pitch regulation innings in the future.”