’18 consecutive losses’ Hanwha Jang Si-hwan, different from Shim Soo-chang

’18 consecutive losses’ Hanwha Jang Si-hwan, different from Shim Soo-chang
’18 consecutive losses’ Hanwha Jang Si-hwan, different from Shim Soo-chang

Jang Si-hwan
ⓒ Hanwha Eagles

Leading SSG defeated Hanwha and came one step closer to winning the regular season.

SSG Landers, led by coach Won-hyung Kim, won the 2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against the Hanwha Eagles at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 22nd, hitting 7 hits, including one home run, to win 10-1. SSG, who won by creating a ‘big inning’, scoring 9 points at the end of the 8th inning against a tight 1-1 match, played 3.5 games against the second-placed LG Twins, who lost 1-7 to the Lotte Giants, and set their magic number to ‘9. ‘ (84 wins, 4 draws and 46 losses).

For SSG, veteran Noh Kyung-eun, who pitched one inning in the eighth inning while starting Park Jong-hoon blocked seven innings with five hits and seven strikeouts and one run, took his 11th win of the season. In the batting line, Choi Ji-hoon, who succeeded in the 8th squeeze bunt, became the main character of the final blow, and foreign batter Juan Lagares was the only one to record a multi-hit. On the other hand, Sihwan Chang, who started as Hanwha’s second pitcher in the 8th inning, suffered his fifth loss of the season with three runs in 0.2 innings and two hits, recording an 18-game losing streak, the longest losing streak in history.

’18 streak’ became a record symbolizing Shim Soo-chang’s active service

Shim Soo-chang, who retired from LG after playing with the LG Twins, Nexen Heroes (currently Kiwoom), Lotte Giants, and Hanwha Eagles during his active career, received a lot of love from fans for his handsome face and sincere attitude toward baseball. After his retirement, Shim Soo-chang, serving as a commentator for MBC Sports Plus, is continuing his active activities, including regular appearances in sports entertainment and and even running a personal YouTube channel.

One of the representative programs of Shim Soo-chang, who is as busy as his active duty as a ‘spottainer’, is , a sports talk program on the YouTube channel operated by MBC Sports Plus. is a sports talk show where caster Jung Yong-guk, former announcer of MBC Sports Plus, hosts the show, and Shim Soo-chang appears in a fixed panel format.

From the early days of , Shim Soo-chang used a lot of ‘self-indulgent gag’ to capture the character. He has been transforming on the professional stage and sublimating the years he has endured for 16 years into a gag. Among them, the material that appeared as a regular was Shim Soo-chang’s representative record of infamy, 18 consecutive losses. From June 2009 when he was LG to August 2011, when Shim Soo-chang was transferred to the Heroes, he suffered a KBO league record of 18 consecutive losses, and Shim Soo-chang used it as a gag material after his retirement.

However, Shim Soo-chang’s 18 consecutive losses cannot be said to be a shameful record. In fact, Shim Soo-chang recorded five quality starts in 15 of his 18 starts. And when Shim Soo-chang set a losing streak record (2009-2011), his team LG was not good enough to be 7th, 6th, and 6th in the eight club systems. Considering that a pitcher’s victory and defeat is directly related to the support of the team’s other lines, Shim Soo-chang did not receive adequate support from other lines during his consecutive losing streak.

President Huh Gu-yeon, who is now the head of the Korea Baseball Organization, also commented, “If Shim Soo-chang had not been worthwhile as a starting pitcher, he would have gone down to the second team earlier.” Park Cheol-soon, the ‘Phoenix’, who wrote the myth of 22 consecutive wins in his first year as a professional, also emphasized that Shim Soo-chang’s 18-game losing streak is more difficult than his own 22-game winning streak.

18 consecutive losses after losing 80 games from September 2020

As such, 18 consecutive losses seemed to remain as unique records that symbolized pitcher Shim Soo-chang, such as Choi Dong-won’s 4 wins in the Korean Series and Song Jin-woo’s 200 wins. Shim Soo-chang also did not hide his affection for his 18th consecutive losing streak, saying, “Don’t look beyond my record” through the broadcast. But now Shim Soo-chang shares his 18-game losing streak with his junior pitchers. This is because in the SSG match on the 22nd, Hanwha’s Sihwan Jang appeared in a tie situation and conceded three points and became the losing pitcher.

Sihwan Chang’s losing streak started with his defeat against the NC Dinos on September 27, 2020 (5 innings, 6 hits and 4 runs (3 earned)). He appeared in 19 games last year, but he was very sluggish with 11 losses and a 1 hold ERA of 7.04 without a win. It can be said that it was unfortunate that he did not win as he started 17 times, but Sihwan Jang made only one quality start out of 17 starts last year. The pitching content was not good enough that it was only .

Sihwan Jang, who showed his limits as a starting pitcher last year, turned into a bullpen pitcher this year. Sihwan Jang, who was active as a midfielder at the beginning of the season, transformed into a finisher while Woo-ram Jung left with a shoulder injury and recorded six consecutive saves and seemed to find his aptitude as a closing pitcher. However, Jang Si-hwan, who could not secure a victory until June, added three losses without a win in July alone, increasing his losing streak to ’17’ and giving up his finishing spot to his junior Kang Jae-min.

In fact, Sihwan Jang had a golden opportunity to escape from a losing streak against the KIA Tigers on the 16th. Jang Si-hwan, who stopped the crisis by appearing at 1 company and 1 and 2 bases at the end of the ninth inning, met Hanwha with one point in the early 10th inning and met the requirements for a winning pitcher. However, Jang Si-hwan, who came back to the mound at the end of the 10th inning, made a blow save with no ERA by making lead Hyeong-woo Choi on base and allowing Ji-hyeok Ryu a just-time hit. And Jang Si-hwan finally (?) caught up with Shim Soo-chang’s record of 18 consecutive losses, which no one had ever surpassed a week later.

In fact, if Hanwha paid attention to veteran pitcher Jang Si-hwan’s escape from a losing streak, since the ranking battle has lost much meaning, it is also possible to turn Jang Si-hwan to the starter or to pitch in the 5th inning, led by Hanwha, to throw 1 or 2 innings to secure victory. there was. However, Hanwha coach Carlos Subero did not use any ‘tricks’ and put Sihwan Jang, the ‘Pilseungjo’, from a normal match. How long will Jang Si-hwan’s losing streak last?

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Tags: consecutive losses Hanwha Jang Sihwan Shim Soochang

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