Jang Si-hwan of the Hanwha Eagles finally broke the record of 19 consecutive losses in KBO history.아톰카지노
Hanwha won a 16-6 away match against Kiwoom in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 25th. Jang Si-hwan, who took the mound as the fifth pitcher for Hanwha at the end of the 7th inning when the team was trailing 3-6, blocked an inning with just 7 pitches and became the winning pitcher with 13 points for Hanwha in the top of the 8th inning.
Until this day’s victory, Jang Si-hwan’s memory of victory was the last match against Doosan in Daejeon on September 22, 2020. On September 27, 2020, Jang Si-hwan, who started the game against Daejeon NC and became a losing pitcher, added one more loss afterwards, and recorded only 11 losses and 1 hold without a win while throwing 19 games in 2021.
Even on days when he threw well, he had no particular relationship with victory. His losing record continued as he moved to the bullpen. He had several chances for salvation, but the victory always missed Jang Si-hwan. He posted 14 saves and 9 holds in 2022 as well, but reached his 18th straight losing streak, tying the KBO’s all-time losing streak, while adding 5 losses without a win.
And in the game against Gocheok Kiwoom on April 1, which was the opening game of this season, he allowed an extra hit to end, eventually writing a new record for the most consecutive losses in history with 19 consecutive losses. Then, about four months later, he ended his long losing streak by becoming the winning pitcher against the same team at the same venue.
Jang Si-hwan, who had already blushed while doing a broadcast interview after the game, seemed choking even in front of the reporters. Zhang Si-hwan said, “The time of 19 consecutive losses in three years passed like a kaleidoscope. He felt once again that winning was such a good thing.”
■ “Should I retire?”
He said, “I thought it was a joke of fate.” On August 26, 2021, against Gocheok Kiwoom, Jang Si-hwan, who was in the midst of 11 consecutive losses, started on this day, pitched 7 innings and 2 runs, and went down the mound with victory requirements. However, Hanwha, who was leading 4-2, allowed a tie at the bottom of the 9th inning, missing both Jang Si-hwan and the team’s victory. Jang Si-hwan smiled bitterly, saying, “I thought that too, and as it continued here, I quit again. Something is strange.”
Jang Si-hwan said, “To be honest, I was always anxious after losing 19 straight games. I wouldn’t have been anxious if it was a good record, but isn’t it a bad record? One day, I was honestly scared to go on the mound because only bad results came out. But I thought I had to hold on. I did” and looked back.
He continued, “I honestly thought about whether I should retire. But the reason I thought I had to endure was because I had a family.” Jang Si-hwan said with a slightly trembling voice, “I feel most sorry for my wife. It’s hard for me too, but how hard it must have been for the people watching. Thank you for sticking with me in that area. He’s a person I’m really grateful to for telling me that I can do it.”
■ “I must have mistaken the role model”
Until Jang Si-hwan lost 19 straight games, the previous record for the most consecutive losses was held by Shim Soo-chang, a commentator for MBC Sports Plus. Commentator Shim Soo-chang lost 18 times without winning over three years from June 26, 2009 to August 3, 2011.
Jang Si-hwan said, “I used Soo-chang as my role model. I think I made a mistake,” he laughed.
But soon he said, “He was a really good senior to me. I had a really hard time when I lost 18 in a row, and the only person who knew that was Soo-chang hyung.” I don’t think I’ll be able to endure it’, but Soochang-hyung said there, “It’s a bad record, but I wrote it because the director and the people around me believed in you.”
“I’ll be in touch”
“I shouldn’t answer”
■ “I hope juniors walk only good roads”
There will be no longer a losing streak now, but that doesn’t mean Jang Si-hwan’s name will be erased. Even so, Zhang Shihuan relieved all the burden on his heart.
Jang Si-hwan, who said, “I was more nervous than when I won my first win,” said, “I took the bad things. I got used to the bad things while losing 19 straight times. The team will become stronger. I hope our juniors will only walk on good paths.”