Left-handed foreign pitcher Roennis Elias led SSG Landers to escape from 5 consecutive losses.
Elias started in the home game 스포츠토토 against the LG Twins in the 2023 professional baseball KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 20th.
Elias, who worked with SSG ahead of this season, has powerful pitches, but has been evaluated as somewhat lacking in stability. Prior to this LG match, his performance was only 5 wins, 5 losses, and an average ERA of 4.10.
However, on this day, Elias showed a power struggle and tied the batting line of the first place LG. Added to this is the stable game management ability, and he kept the mound until the 8th inning, the most individual innings in the KBO League.
From the beginning, Elias boasted a good condition. At the beginning of the first inning, he tied Hong Chang-ki and Shin Min-jae with a shortstop ground ball and a pitcher straight hit, respectively. He got a heavy hit from Kim Hyun-soo, but put Austin Dean to sleep with a fly in left field. In the beginning of the second inning, he calmly increased his outcount against Bo-kyung Moon (left fielder fly), Seong-joo Moon (grounder shortstop), and Min-seong Kim (strikeout), completing his first three-way inning of the day.
The fighting continued in the top of the third inning. Heo Do-hwan (left fielder fly), Park Hae-min (second baseman grounder), and Hong Chang-ki (catcher grounder) all led to beomta. In the beginning of the 4th inning, lead batter Shin Min-jae gave an infield hit to second base, but Kim Hyun-soo was induced with a shortstop double hit, and even Austin tied the pitcher with a grounder, ending the inning with three batters.
The 5th inning was also neat. Moon Bo-kyung and Moon Seong-joo were blocked by first baseman fly and first baseman ground ball, respectively, and Kim Min-seong handled it with shortstop ground ball.
However, the 6th inning was disappointing. Heo Do-hwan, lead hitter, hit a solo arch that went over the left wall. Fortunately, Park Hae-min (shortstop fly), Hong Chang-ki (second baseman grounder), and Shin Min-jae (left fielder foul fly) led the team with beomta and did not give any more atmosphere.
The top of the 7th inning was fine again. The first batter, Kim Hyun-soo, was tied with a first baseman ground ball. Austin allowed a hit to the left, but Moon Bo-kyung and Moon Seong-joo were followed by left field flies.
Elias, who came to the mound in the top of the 8th inning, completed his mission that day by boasting an outcount against Min-seong Kim (third baseman grounder), Heo Do-hwan (catcher grounder), and Park Hae-min (first baseman grounder). As he returned to the dugout, he raised his hands high and encouraged his teammates.
The final score was 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 home run, 1 strikeout and no run. Out of a total of 104 balls thrown, he made the most use of his fastball (60 pitches), which measured to a maximum velocity of 152 km, along with his changeup (25 pitches) and slider (19 pitches). In addition to Elias’ reverse fight, SSG, with the active performance of Kang Jin-seong (3 hits in 3 at-bats and 1 point), defeated LG 2-1. With this, SSG, which broke the long chain of 5 consecutive losses, recorded 56 wins, 1 draw and 46 losses.
After the game, Elias, who won his 6th win of the season with a good pitch, said, “I pitched my best. I thought the bullpen was overloaded this week, so I took the mound in the 8th inning,” he said. “Every time I go out, I aim to contribute to the team’s victory. Today, I only thought about that and participated in the game,” he said with strength.