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'Park Si-hoo QS Pitching + Jeonsan Cannon Explosion' SSG Future Team Wins Series Over Hanwha 2nd Team

The SSG Future Team (2nd team) won both a hard-fought game and a hard-fought series thanks to a strong pitching performance from its starting pitcher and a cannon from its center fielder.

SSG Futures Team 2 won the Futures League matchup between Hanwha Hanwha 2 and SSG Futures Team 2 at Seosan Stadium on Friday, 2-1, thanks to a strong pitching performance from starter Park Si-hoo, a solid mound defense, and a home run from Jeon Eui-san. The SSG Futures swept the series to improve to 12-8 on the season.

SSG Future starter Park Si-hoo threw 88 pitches over six innings, allowing just one run on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. The Future Team was pleased with his quality start (3 earned runs or less in at least six innings), which is rare for the coaching staff. Yoo Hosik came on in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless inning to earn the hold, while Park Sung-bin pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth to earn his sixth save of the season.

At the plate, Jeon Eui-san provided the long ball with a solo shot, while Choi Sang-min, who returned from injury, was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Kim Min-sik had one hit and one walk, while Ahn Sang-hyun and Kim Chang-pyeong added one hit apiece.

After scoring one run in the first inning, the SSG Future Team was stymied by the opposing mound until the third inning. However, they came back from a 0-1 deficit in the fourth inning. SSG Future tied the game two batters later when Jeon Eui-san hit a solo shot over the center field wall. Ahn Sang-hyun then kept the momentum going with a single to left after a 10-pitch at-bat, stole second and came home on Choi Sang-min's single to right-center.

Spurred on by the run support, Park retired the side in order in the fourth inning, then gave up a leadoff single in the fifth, but was able to hold off the next batter to earn the win. In the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead, he allowed the leadoff batter to reach base, but again did not allow a run to score. SSG Futures then relieved Yoo Hosik and Park Sung-bin to keep Hanwha's rally alive.

After the game, SSG Futures team officials said, "Park has improved his upper and lower body separation, stabilized his pitching balance, and has a consistent arm swing and release point. He used his slider appropriately in the count and utilized it effectively, especially against lefties." "Overall, he is pitching in the strike zone and has been showing stable pitching content without ups and downs lately," said a SSG Future team official.

"Jeon is focusing on making in-play pitches at the plate and focusing on making contact and getting ahead of the hit point rather than swinging hard. Kim sees a lot of pitches at the plate and cuts pitches in the zone, forcing pitchers to throw a lot of pitches. He is also showing active base running, getting on base and stealing bases by reading the pitcher's timing." "Sang-hyun Ahn has shown that he stays focused and cuts even in unfavorable counts, and he has shown good movement and stability in handling ground balls on defense."