Samsung Lions captain Oh Jae-il led the team to two consecutive victories with a come-from-behind grand slam. The spirit of harmony of Jose Pirella also helped.
Oh Jae-il started as the 5th hitter and 1st baseman in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against the Doosan Bears held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 27th, and led the team to a 7-6 victory by firing a home run that overturned the game at the end of the 7th inning. .
Oh Jae-il, who entered the at-bat in the 7th inning with 2 outs and bases loaded with the score 3-6, scooped up a 148km/h fastball from last year’s Rookie of the Year King Cheol-Won Jeong and connected it to a home run. The atmosphere went over to Samsung at once, and Samsung put in right-handers Lee Seung-hyun and Kim Tae-hoon Pil Seung-jo to finish the game with a double victory.
Oh Jae-il, who we met after the game, said, “It was an advantageous count (3B-1S), and it was the timing to come unconditionally. It seems that a mismatch led to a home run. I thought I would pass, but I am happy that I hit a home run after a long time.”
Jae-il Oh suffered sluggishness with a batting average of 0.176 in 20 games before the game that day. He also struggled in his first three at-bats on the day, stepping back with one walk and two strikeouts. In his third at-bat, he lethargicly swung his bat at a bouncing ball, showing a bad feeling at bat. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
He smiled, saying, “I was very sorry to my teammates for not being able to take advantage of the chance earlier. I thought, ‘I’ll try to solve it this time,’ but a good hit came out.”
Before the game, Pirella gave Oh Jae-il confidence. Oh Jae-il said, “I can’t hit so much, so I come out and train beforehand. Pirella is also practicing a lot.” smiled. He then expressed his gratitude, “I was envious when I saw that Pirella hit a home run (three innings and two runs), but I also really liked Cini Pirella. I was very happy.”
This is the start. It is enough to create momentum for the rebound with a home run on this day.
Oh Jae-il emphasized, “Still, hits are coming out one by one at important moments. I think it’s time to come up.”