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Oh Seung-hwan can't stop Blue Jays' losing skid despite scoreless outing

2018/06/14 07:41

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SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- Toronto Blue Jays' South Korean reliever Oh Seung-hwan has tossed his fourth consecutive scoreless outing, with his club dropping its third straight game.

Oh held the Tampa Bay Rays off the board in his one inning of work, but the Jays went on to lose 1-0 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday (local time).

Oh relieved starter J.A. Happ to begin the bottom of the sixth. The right-hander struck out his first batter, Willy Adames, before hitting C.J. Cron with a first-pitch fastball.

But Cron was forced out at second on a grounder by Joey Wendle, and Oh got Carlos Gomez to go down swinging on a 1-2 fastball to end the inning.

Matt Duffy's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth completed the three-game sweep for the Rays.

Oh has settled down and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in four appearances since getting roughed up for six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles in back-to-back outings earlier this month. Oh has shaved his ERA from 4.00 to 3.52 over his past four games.

For the season, Oh is 1-2 with a save in 31 appearances. He has struck out 32 and walked nine in 30 2/3 innings.

A former closer with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Korea Baseball Organization's career saves leader, Oh was expected to get some save opportunities after Toronto lost All-Star closer Roberto Osuna, who was taken off the active roster on May 8 after getting charged with assault.

But Tyler Clippard and later Ryan Tepera took over the closing duty in Osuna's absence.

In this Associated Press photo, Oh Seung-hwan of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning of a major league regular season game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 13, 2018. (Yonhap) In this Associated Press photo, Oh Seung-hwan of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning of a major league regular season game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 13, 2018. (Yonhap)

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