September 20, 2016 10:20
Oh Seung-hwan of the St. Louis Cardinals is just two saves away from 20 in his rookie season as a Major League Baseball player.
Oh pitched in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, picking up his 18th save by sending three hitters away in a row. The Cardinals won the game 3-0. The previous night, Oh picked up his fifth win of the season.
Until Sunday, Oh has pitched 75 and 1/3 innings in 72 games, and has five wins, two losses, and 18 saves. He has struck out 98, and his ERA is 1.79.
There are just five rookie pitchers in the MLB to reach 20 saves and 100 strikeouts in their first season.
Kim Byung-hyun, who currently plays for the Kia Tigers in Korea, is the only Korean pitcher to have achieved 20 saves in the MLB when he did so with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002.
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