After snapping a personal 19-game losing streak, pitcher Jang Si-hwan (36-Hanwha)카지노 is coming out of a long tunnel and getting back into the win column. It’s a big boost for Hanwha, whose bullpen has been faltering.
In the eighth inning of a 1-1 tie against Doosan in Daejeon on April 2, Jang gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out three and pitched a scoreless inning.
After striking out leadoff man Yang Seok-hwan on a curveball in a seven-pitch at-bat, Jang walked Yang to load the bases. A single to left by Kang Seung-ho put runners on first and second, but he struck out Kim Jae-hwan with a fastball and Park Kye-beom with a curveball to overcome the Doosan center field.
On the day, Jang’s fastball was measured by Trackman at a high of 152 kilometers and an average of 150 kilometers. He threw a 151-kilometer fastball to Kim Jae-hwan to induce a check swing and strike him out. As his command improved, he also showed power with a big-angle curveball as his deciding pitch.
Jang Si-hwan, who re-signed with Hanwha after last season on a three-year, up to 930 million won free agent contract, had a rough start to the year. On April 1, he took the loss in the opening game against Gochuk Kiwoom, and on April 7, he blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning against SSG in Daejeon.
He spent nearly three months in the second team after being removed from the first team roster on April 9 due to a cold. He returned to the first team on May 4 after taking enough time to recover. Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said, “Jang Si-hwan’s pitching has improved. I think he should come out a little more often.”
[OSEN=Ji Hyung-jun] Hanwha Jang Si-hwan. 2023.04.07 /firstname.lastname@example.org
[OSEN=Reporter Choi Kyu-han] Hanwha’s Jang Si-hwan. 2023.07.29 / email@example.com
Since returning to the first team, he has stabilized with a 1-0 record in eight games (7⅔ innings) with a 2.45 ERA, seven strikeouts, and a 1.054 WHIP. With a save against Gochuk Kiwoom on March 25, he snapped a personal-best 19-game losing streak that began in September 2020.
At the time, Jang said, “I was always anxious during the 19-game losing streak. It was a bad record, and some days I was afraid to go on the mound. Honestly, I thought I should retire,” he confessed.
The next day, on the 26th, he earned his first save against Kiwoom. He has continued to stabilize and has now become one of the best in the bullpen. Jang’s role has grown as key closer Kang Jae-min has recently been sent down to the second team due to his recent struggles. Jang’s rebound would have been dizzying for Hanwha, which has lost four straight games, the longest losing streak under Choi Won-ho.
[OSEN=Dae-sun Lee] Hanwha’s Jang Si-hwan shares the joy of victory with coach Choi Won-ho. 2023.07.26 /firstname.lastname@example.org