SSG Elias, who endured to the end, faced off with Hanwha Sanchez and won by decision

A confrontation between left-handed foreign pitchers. The one who laughed was Loenis Elias (SSG Landers).

On the 8th, the 2023 Professional Baseball KBO League SSG and Hanwha Eagles match was held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon. As if to appease the disappointment of the cancellation of the rainy day the previous day (7th), the 12,000-seat spectators enthusiastically cheered for their team with booming voices.

This game also drew a lot of attention as the starting matchup between left-handed foreign pitchers. First of all, the starting pitcher for SSG was Elias, who was recording 3 wins and 3 losses with an ERA of 4.07 before this game.

Wearing the SSG uniform from the middle of the season as a substitute for Eni Romero, who was released due to injury, he played against Incheon Lotte Giants on June 18 (5 innings, 4 runs, 3 earned runs) and Incheon Samsung Lions on the 24th of last month (5 innings, 6 runs) in a row. It was sluggish. In the match against Gocheok Kiwoom Heroes on the 1st, he blocked 6 innings with 3 runs, but as can be seen from 11 hits, it was difficult to see that he was completely on track.

However, Elias showed off a not-so-bad pitch that day and provided an opportunity for a rebound. In the bottom of the first inning, he struck out Lee Jin-young and Nick Williams, respectively, and caught it with a fly to left field. He walked the follow-up batter Noh Si-hwan, but ended the inning by leading Chae Eun-seong to a ground ball to third baseman.

At the end of the second inning, the crisis management ability was outstanding. After inducing Kim Tae-yeon to fly in left field, he was hit by Choi Jae-hoon in the left field. Then, Kim Geon struck out, but he dedicated a left-handed hit to Moon Hyun-bin and faced 2 out 1st and 2nd base. But he didn’t waver. He tied Lee Do-yoon with three strikeouts and prevented a run.

The first run came in the bottom of the third. It was the root cause of the hit that Lee Jin-young, the lead hitter, allowed a heavy hit. Subsequently, Williams and Noh Si-hwan struck out in a row, but Chae Eun-seong hit the left and was driven to 2nd 1st and 2nd base. Here, Elias contributed 1 RBI and timely hit to Tae-Yeon Kim and Jae-Hoon Choi in a row and scored 2 runs. He blocked the follow-up hitter, Kim Geon, with three strikeouts and did not allow any additional runs.

The bottom of the 4th was also dangerous, but no runs were conceded. Moon Hyun-bin (fit ball) and Lee Do-yoon (heavy hit) all got on base, but Lee Jin-young, Williams, and Roh Si-hwan all struck out.

Even in the bottom of the 5th inning, Elias, who came on the mound and tied the lead batter Chae Eun-seong with a foul fly to the first baseman, was hit by Kim Tae-yeon with a double in the left field, then fouled and hesitated. He then gave up a walk to Choi Jae-hoon, and in a situation where he was on 1st and 3rd base, he induced a ground ball from second baseman Jung Eun-won, but in the meantime, he had to watch third base runner Kim Tae-yeon stepping home. He struck out Moon Hyun-bin and did not allow any more runs.

Afterwards, Elias passed the ball to Koh Hyo-jun in the bottom of the 6th inning. The final result was 5 innings, 8 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts, 3 runs and 2 earned runs. The total number of pitches was 108, and the maximum speed was measured up to 152 km.

Against this, Hanwha’s starting pitcher was left-handed Sanchez. Playing for Hanwha since May as a substitute foreign pitcher for Birch Smith, he recorded 5 wins, undefeated average ERA of 1.48, and played an active role as the ace of the eagle corps.

However, on this day, Sanchez’s condition was not good. From the beginning of the first inning, he was hit by Guillermo Heredia’s 1 RBI and left-handed, and scored the first run.

In the beginning of the second inning, the misfortune of making a mistake also overlapped. After catching Kang Jin-seong with a fly in left field, Sanchez dedicated a double to left field to Kim Seong-hyun, and Sanchez, who was driven to second base, allowed Kim Min-sik to hit 1 RBI, right handed, and scored 2 runs. Then, he gave Ahn Sang-hyun a double that flowed down the right field line. At this time, right fielder Lee Jin-young made a throw error, and first base runner Kim Min-sik stepped home, and Ahn Sang-hyun also settled down at third base. Afterwards, Sanchez, who gave Choo Shin-soo an infield hit to first base, earned his fourth run.

In the top of the third inning, Sanchez completely collapsed. After being hit by Kang Jin-seong and Kim Seong-hyun in a row, Ahn Sang-hyun allowed a walk and was cornered with two outs. He gave Choo Shin-soo a 3-RBI double at the right time from left-center, followed by a 1-RBI double at the right time to Choi Ji-Hoon.안전놀이터추천

Then, at the start of the 4th inning, Hanwha replaced the pitcher with Yoon Dae-kyung, and Sanchez’s final result was 3 innings, 10 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 8 runs and 7 earned runs. 3 innings and 8 runs are the minimum innings and the most runs since Sanchez’s debut on the Korean stage. A total of 83 balls were thrown, and the maximum speed was measured to 152 km, but the strike-to-ball ratio (48-35) was not good.

The two foreign pitchers showed such contrasting appearances. The contents of their pitching were directly related to the outcome of the game that day. SSG, led by Elias, who persevered until the end, defeated Hanwha 9-7. With this, SSG, who escaped from 2 consecutive losses, recorded 46 wins, 1 draw and 30 losses. On the contrary, Hanwha, who fell into the mire of two consecutive losses, took the 40th loss (32 wins, 4 draws).

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