The Samsung Lions have been having a difficult time in recent weeks. They suffered 10 losses in a row after their defeat against KT Wiz Tuesday night. Also, it was a demoralizing defeat as Lions’ closer Oh Seung-hwan collapsed at the bottom of the ninth frame.
The Lions were three outs away from ending the losing streak when Oh Seung-hwan took the mound to protect a 3-2 lead. However, KT Wiz won with Bae Jung-dae and Anthony Alford’s solo homers. As a result, the Lions dropped to 35-49 and 8-and-a-half games behind the final playoff spot.
According to Sports Toto players, it is only the second time in Lions’ franchise history that they had a losing streak of ten or more games. The last time they lost ten straight games was in 2004. Additionally, it was the first time Oh had given back-to-back homers since 2005.
10 Losses in a Row for the Lions
Sports news reports show Oh has been struggling to close out games this season. Nevertheless, the Lions’ closer is the career leader in the league with 357 saves. Although he is in his late 30s, Oh was a reliable reliever in the KBO.
However, Oh struggled in his last three appearances in July. Last week, Oh took the mound in the ninth inning with the score even at 9-9 against the Twins. However, he gave up a solo homer to Yoo Kang-nam to earn a 10-9 loss.
The Lions closer walked three batters in a row during the game against SSG Landers. He allowed three earned runs in one-and-a-third innings. Also, it was the first time he walked more than one batter in a single game. According to people who bet on sports, he walked three batters before the match against the Landers.
Losses kept piling up for the Lions. Thus, manager Huh Sam-young is feeling the pressure. He demoted four coaches to the minor leagues and replaced them with new faces.