Oh Seung-hwan Sets Rookie Save Record for Korean Pitcher in Japan

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Oh Seung-hwan, a closer for the Hanshin Tigers in the Japanese professional baseball league, has the most saves for a Korean pitcher in their first year in Japan. He beat the record set by Lim Chang-yong, who had 33 saves in 2008 when he started playing for the Yakult Swallows.

Oh took the mound in the ninth inning in a home game against the Yokohama DeNA Baystars at Koshien Stadium in Osaka on Thursday. He threw 12 pitches to pick up his 34th save of the season. His ERA is now 2.08 with one win and three losses. The Tigers won 5-3.

Among other Korean players, the manager of the Kia Tigers, Sun Don-yeol, had three saves in his rookie season in Japan in 1996. And Koo Dae-sung who plays for the Sydney Blue Sox had 10 saves in 2001.

Oh is close to breaking Sun’s career high of 38 saves set in 1997 in Japan.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 05, 2014 09:59 KST