“He had some stiffness in his back.”
Kim Won-hyung was referring to Game 1 starter Roenis Elias ahead of Game 2 against the NC Dinos in the best-of-five semifinals of the 2023 KBO postseason at SSG Landers Field in Incheon.
Despite taking the loss in Game 1, Elias pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits (one home run) with six strikeouts and no walks. He was perfect through three innings before giving up his first hit in the fourth. However, he continued to pitch a scoreless inning.
He didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning. At this point, he had thrown 66 pitches. He then shut down the NC bats in the seventh inning. He only needed 78 pitches. In the seventh, he got Park Gun-woo to ground out to the second baseman, Martin to ground out to the first baseman, and Kwon Hee-dong to fly out to right field.
Elias gave up an infield single to Seo Ho-cheol, the first batter of the eighth inning. Shortstop Park Sung-ho stuck out his glove to catch Seo’s hard-hit ball but couldn’t get it. Kim Hyung-joon’s attempted outfield bunt was thrown to second base by Elias, who caught Seo at first. However, with one out, Oh Young-soo pinch-hit for Kim Sung-wook for a two-run home run. 카지노사이트
Kim said of foreign pitcher Roenis Elias, who pitched eight innings of two-run ball the day before, “He pitched really well. He had one bad pitch, but he pitched well.” Elias pitched efficiently with 88 pitches until the eighth inning. He could have pitched into the ninth, but the bench decided to go with the bullpen.
As it turned out, the bullpen gave up an extra run, making the situation more difficult to overcome. “After pitching until the seventh inning, I felt a little stiffness in my back,” Kim said of Roenis’ replacement. We checked him, and he pitched until the eighth inning before being replaced.”
Meanwhile, SSG’s starting pitcher for Game 2 is Kim Kwang-hyun. Kim went 9-8 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 regular season games (168⅓ innings) this year. Against NC, he went 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three games (16⅓ innings).
NC will pitch Myung-ki Song. Song is 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 35 games (104⅓ innings) this season. Against SSG, he hasn’t had much luck, going 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 11⅓ innings, but he’s pitched well.