8G winless after discharge, ERA 7.27 ‘This isn’t it’…Samsung’s 28-year-old reserve left-hander who returned, saying that his return match was the best game
Choi Chae-heung (28)’s first victory after being discharged was not this time either.
Samsung Lions Choi Chae-heung started the match against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil 메이저놀이터 Stadium in Seoul on the 8th and collapsed with 8 hits (1 home run) 2 strikeouts and 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. embraced
Choi Chae-heung was shaken from the end of the first inning. He gave up a leadoff homer to Sue-Bin Jung and started off anxiously, then immediately hit Kim Jae-Ho, and Rojas got on base with an error by throwing second baseman, and hit runners on 1st and 3rd base safely. He struck out Seok-Hwan Ang, but Jae-Ho Kim came home when Seung-Ho Kang’s shortstop grounded.
The 2nd and 3rd innings passed without a run, but the 4th inning gave up another run. He passed Kang Seung-ho and Kim Jae-hwan well with a floating ball. However, Kim Min-hyeok hit, Park Yu-yeon hit an RBI double, and Heo Kyung-min 1 RBI, a triple, and Park Yoo-yeon, who was at second base, stepped home due to an error by the second baseman. Choi Chae-heung lowered his head.
He passed the 5th inning scoreless, and the other line brought 1 run in the 6th inning and 2 runs in the 9th inning, trying to cheer up somehow, but he couldn’t laugh. Samsung lost 3-5 and failed to escape from the bottom with a losing streak.
On June 12, Choi Chae-heung started immediately before the LG Twins in Jamsil on the 13th, the day after his discharge from the Armed Forces Sports Corps (Sangmu). At that time, Choi Chae-heung showed pitching that met the expectations of Samsung coach Park Jin-man, with 5.1 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no runs.
At the time, manager Park Jin-man said, “I thought Choi Chae-heung would say ‘throws well’ only with words, but he took out the ‘5’ from the 5th starter and showed pitching enough to be in charge of one axis of the starting rotation. he looked reassuringly well. he must have been burdened Well done,” he said. “The command has definitely changed. Confidence on the mound also increased. Maybe it was because he ate well in the army for a year and a half, and he gained confidence. He showed a strong pitching content on the mound,” he said, showing expectations.
No one, including Yang Chang-seop and Heo Yun-dong, took the Samsung 5th starting spot. Everyone saw that the right person for the vacant 5th starting position at Samsung appeared.
However, since then, Choi Chae-heung has never shown a single pitch that goes beyond the return match. The season’s most innings and scoreless games is his comeback. Average ERA of 7.56 in 4 games in June, 1 loss in 2 games in July, ERA 6.75 in 1 loss in 2 games in July, 7.20 in 1 loss in 2 games in August. He is hitting one home run per game and is unable to pitch even once in six innings. Season performance: 8 games, 3 losses, average ERA of 7.27.
Samsung is in crisis. If the season ends like this, it will suffer the shame of being the first in the history of the club. In a situation where Albert Suarez is unable to play for four weeks due to a calf injury, Choi Chae-heung, along with a replacement selection for David Buchanan, Won Tae-in, and Baek Jeong-hyun, should be a source of strength.