A 10-save debut in his hometown

A 10-save debut in his hometown. It’s shaping up to be a memorable Cheongju series for Hanwha Eagles closer Joo Hyun-sang (32).

Hanwha has been playing a three-game series against Kiwoom at its second home stadium in Cheongju since April 18. It is the first game in Cheongju in five years since the COVID-19 pandemic, and Joo, a native of the city, has been in the spotlight even before the series. As the only original Cheongju-born player in the current Hanwha roster, he was highly sought after by local fans.

“I’m playing in Cheongju for the first time in almost 10 years. I’m going to throw harder to show my hometown fans a good performance. It’s a ballpark with a lot of home runs, but when I was a fielder, I didn’t care much because I wasn’t a home run hitter. Now that I’m a pitcher, I’m sure (the small pitch) will bother me, but I’ll focus more on throwing,” he said.

“I think 2015 was the last game I played in Cheongju. I also played catcher then,” he recalled. Joo Hyun-sang, who was an infielder when he joined the team in 2015, wore a catcher’s mask twice that year, including on July 15, 2015, 카지노사이트 against Cheongju Lotte. After pinch-hitting in the sixth inning, Joo was sent to third base, but when Hanwha used up its two catchers, Jo In-sung and Heo Do-hwan, to force extra innings, Joo was called upon to catch the 10th inning.

He was batting with Hanwha pitcher Kwon Hyuk,

He was batting with Hanwha pitcher Kwon Hyuk, but gave up a two-run home run to pinch-hitter Kim Joo-hyun in the 10th inning, and Hanwha lost 10-12. After playing two games as a substitute against Cheongju Nexen on June 17-18, 2016, but failing to get an at-bat, Joo returned to his hometown eight years later. His position changed to pitcher, and his position in the team changed from backup to closer.

After showing off his strong shoulders as an infielder, Joo switched to pitching in late 2019 and became a first-team pitcher in 2021. After emerging as a must-win pitcher last year with a 1.96 ERA, Joo was promoted to the closer role in April of this year. He doesn’t have many saves due to his infrequent closing opportunities, but he has maintained a consistent ERA in the low 1s.

“I don’t care who the opposing batters are. I’ve been performing well since last year, and I pitch with the idea that my energy is stronger and stronger,” said Joo, who added, “I’m the only native Cheongju player on the team. If I have to make a save in Cheongju, 파워볼게임 I will finish the game no matter what,” he said with confidence.

On the 18th, the first game of the three-game series, he kept his promise.

Taking the mound in the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead after starter Ryu Hyun-jin tossed eight scoreless innings, Joo gave up a single to Song Sung-moon two batters later, but struck out the final batter, Lee Won-seok, on a wild pitch to earn the save. It was his first save in his hometown of Cheongju. After the game, Joo said, “My parents and friends came to the stadium today. It feels different to make a save in my hometown,” he laughed.

On the 19th, Joo had another save opportunity. With a 14-6 lead, the bullpen suddenly faltered in the eighth inning when they gave up four runs. Trailing 14-10 and facing a two-out bases-loaded situation, Joo was called upon. In a nine-pitch battle with Won Sung-joon, he struck out the side with a changeup to put out the flames.

Then, in the bottom of the ninth, after a double to left by Ronnie Dawson and a single to left by Kim Hye-sung, Song Sung-moon’s slow throw to shortstop was hit into the infield for a single. The unlucky hit gave up a run, but Choi got Choi Joo-hwan to fly out to center field to preserve the 14-11 victory. Choi threw 29 pitches in 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, no walks, two strikeouts and one run for the four-out save.

It was Joo’s 10th save of the season.

It was also significant because it was his first double-digit save in his hometown. Joo’s season record to this point is 32 games (36⅓ innings), 4-1, 10 saves, 2 holds, 1.73 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 0.83 WHIP. While his save total is less than half that of Samsung’s Oh Seung-hwan (21) and Kia’s Jung Hae-young (20), he has the lowest ERA and WHIP of all 91 pitchers in the league who have pitched at least 30 innings, making him the most reliable pitcher in the league. 온라인카지노사이트 Oh Seung-hwan (2.20) and Jeong Jung-young (2.08) are also impressive with ERAs in the low 2s, but Joo’s record is even better. In Cheongju, his first hometown as a pitcher, Joo confirmed his status as a top-notch closer.