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Samsung’s Oh Seung-hwan reaches 400 saves with four-out save in home finale

Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions) reached the 400-save milestone in professional baseball in his final game at home this season.

Oh Seung-hwan came on in relief with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth inning of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against SSG Landers at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on Thursday to preserve a 5-3 victory.

Oh, who turned professional in 2005 in a Samsung uniform, reached the 400-save milestone in 668 games.

Combined with his 122 saves in the United States and Japan, Oh has 522 career saves.

Seung-hwan Oh reached 500 saves in his Korean-American career on 6 June against the NC Dinos.

With Oh Seung-hwan on the mound, SSG brought in Kim Kang-min, who is the same age as Oh Seung-hwan, 41, and then replaced him with another 41-year-old, Choo Shin-soo.

Choo spun his bat sharply on a three-ball two-strike at-bat, but Samsung first baseman Lee Sung-kyu made a great catch of a hard-hit ball flowing over the top of the infield to take the pressure off Oh Seung-hwan’s shoulders.

Oh gave up singles to Oh Tae-gon and Han Yoo-seom in the ninth to put runners on first and second, but he got Guillermo Heredia to fly out to right field for the final out.

He then gave up a huge foul home run to Park Sung-ho that just cleared the right-field fence, but regained his composure and lined it straight to left field, finally smiling.

With one game left in the regular season, Samsung used two foreign pitchers, David Buchanan and Taylor Widener, back-to-back for its final home game to give its fans a win.

Trailing 1-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Samsung scored three runs with runners on first and second on back-to-back singles by Kang Min-ho and Ryu Ji-hyuk and a sacrifice fly by Jose Pirela to take a 4-3 lead.

Lee Sung-gyu, who relieved Oh Seung-hwan in the bottom of the eighth, drove in the winning run with a triple to right-centre field. 스포츠토토

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