Although his batting order has dropped to 8 in 4 years, he is hardly getting out of the slump. He got a hit, but it’s questionable whether he’ll survive. This is the story of Captain Oh Jae-il (37).
Samsung lost 6-7 in 메이저사이트the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 17th. With this defeat, they fell into a 4-game losing streak.
The starting lineup was released ahead of the game that day, and Oh Jae-il’s batting order stood out. He went down to a whopping eight.
It was only 1429 days after the Jamsil NC match on June 18, 2019, when he was in Doosan, that Jae-il Oh was named in the starting lineup in the 8th batting order. This is a story from 4 years ago.
He is only batting 0.171 (19 hits in 11 at-bats) in 32 games this season. He has 4 homers and 20 RBIs, but he has had no hits in 5 consecutive games and 19 at-bats (17 at-bats) before the game that day.
The previous day (16th), the game went to number 6, but today it went down two more steps.
Director Park Jin-man pointed out, “I’ve been listening to the story of the slow starter for nearly 20 years. I must be stressed. There are no big problems in the technical part. It seems that I have a burden.”
It is a lower batting order that does not fit Jae-il Oh. Even so, Oh Jae-il did not survive.
He retired with a fly ball to center field in the first at-bat with 2 out in the bottom of the second inning, and even after coming out as the lead batter in the 5th inning, it was only a fly by center field. He hit the ball, but couldn’t get it far.
Oh Jae-il succeeded in getting on base for the first time in his fourth at-bat. He went on base after picking a walk against pitcher Lee Joon-young, who had changed from 2nd out and 1st base at the end of the 6th inning, as the team succeeded in pursuing with a score of 3-6. But he couldn’t score.
Samsung’s last attack in the bottom of the 9th inning with a score of 3-7. Oh Jae-il came out as the lead hitter. KIA finisher Jung Hae-young attacked the second pitch and pulled out a right-handed hit. It was a hit that came out after 22 at-bats (19 at-bats). He finished with 1 hit in 3 at-bats.
He was also sluggish in April, but it is getting worse in May. Including the game on this day, the batting average is 0.129 (1 hit in 31 at-bats) in 6 games in May. It ranks at the bottom of the KBO League hitters who have filled the required at bats. In other words, he is not able to play his part in the lower batting order, not in the center batting line.
Can we find a clue to the sluggish hitting with this hit? The center batting line should be revived as soon as possible. Soon, Samsung fell into a four-game losing streak