Samsung Lions first baseman Oh Jae-il had a difficult 2023 season. He was in a terrible batting slump, and he couldn’t exert much power at the 메이저놀이터 plate. In 82 games this season, he has a batting average of .194 with 51 hits, 9 home runs, 42 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Considering the value of Oh Jae-il’s name, it is a somewhat disappointing number.
On top of that, he had more strikeouts (96), the third most in the league, and a hamstring injury, and he had more moments of lowering his head than laughing. After coming down from the 200% batting average after the match against Daegu Kiwoom Heroes on May 4, he has never reached the 200%.
Oh Jae-il, who played for Samsung from the 2021 season, led Samsung’s fall baseball with a batting average of 0.285, 119 hits, 25 homers, 97 RBIs and 64 points in 120 games that season. Jae-il Oh, who was like that, was sluggish, so Samsung coach Park Jin-man and Samsung fans couldn’t help but feel a lot of regret.
Oh Jae-il saved Samsung on the 26th and 27th. He entertained Samsung fans with his hot hitting feeling.
First, on the 26th, the Kiwoom exhibition was held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu. Oh Jae-il, who was excluded from the starter that day, entered his first at-bat with the bases loaded safely in the 8th inning when he was trailing 2-5. Oh Jae-il hit Lee Myeong-jong’s two 120 km slider pitches and turned it into a home run that went over the middle right. Not only the fans who visited Rapac, but also the Samsung bench were delighted. With this home run, Samsung was able to avenge Kiwoom for the previous day’s loss.
On the 27th, he came out as a starter. He pulled out a cool long hit from the first at-bat. He made a double with a course similar to the home run the previous day. He also hit right-handed in the third and fifth innings. On this day, Jaeil Oh recorded 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run in 4 at-bats. And in the ninth, he broke Ronnie Dawson’s fast batted ball with his body and broke the opponent’s will to pursue. Samsung succeeded in bringing 3 consecutive winning series with an 8-6 victory. It has been 78 days since Oh Jae-il played a game with more than 3 hits on June 10th (4 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 homers, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) against the Lotte Giants in Daegu.
It is still lacking, but entering the batting average of 200% is right in front of you. With a batting average of 0.286 in the last 10 games, it is no exaggeration to say that he has the best pace in the season.
Samsung moved up from the bottom of the ranking in the second half to 8th, raising the rankings one step at a time. Now, the 7th place Lotte Giants and the game car are two and a half games away. At the current pace, it is not impossible to catch up.
It’s a bit late, but Samsung wants to continue cruising in the second half with Oh Jae-il, who has returned to what we know.