An 800km baseball trip across the sea for “KBO Dream”…”10K + QS Life to Life.” Will independence leaguer continue life in Korea

He is getting stronger. Will SSG Landers pitcher Kirakawa Keisho continue his KBO league career.

Shirakawa started the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the NC Dinos in the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday. He had seven hits (two homers) and 10 strikeouts, one walk and two runs in six ⅓ innings.

This is truly a life-long battle. Since his debut at the game against the Kiwoom Heroes in Gocheok on May 1, he has recorded the most innings (five innings in the previous game) and the most strikeouts (six strikeouts in the previous game). In addition, he has recorded his first quality start (less than three earned runs in six innings as a starter) in the KBO league.

SSG pitcher Shirakawa started the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” NC” held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday. He allowed two runs in six ⅓ on the day, but lost two games (two wins) due to his team’s 2-3 loss. SSG Landers

Shirakawa displayed a maximum speed of 151 kilometers per hour with four-seam fastballs (53 pitches), while his curves (18 pitches), forkballs (18 pitches), sliders (9 pitches), cutters (6 pitches) and changeups (2 pitches) were well-matched. The SSG lost 2-3 to NC in a close game, but Shirakawa’s pitching was clearly outstanding.

Shirakawa is a substitute foreign pitcher for Roenis Elias and wears an SSG uniform. The contract period is six weeks.

SSG pitcher Shirakawa started the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” NC” held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday. He allowed two runs in six ⅓ on the day, but lost two games (two wins) due to his team’s 2-3 loss. SSG Landers

It is 798.32km straight from Mutsumi Stadium, the home of the Tokushima Indigo Sox, the independent Japanese team where Shirakawa played, to SSG Landers Field, the current home stadium of SSG. Shirakawa, who failed to join the Japanese professional baseball (NPB), is dreaming of a “KBO dream” by starting his first professional career in Korea, about 800km across the sea.퀸알바

However, he is not a full-time employee. He has to leave SSG early next month as he is a six-week replacement. It is inevitable due to the regulation, but things may change as Shirakawa has recently rebounded. SSG can choose Shirakawa instead of Elias by deducting the number of foreigner replacements. Shirakawa is the only way he can remain in Korea.

SSG pitcher Shirakawa started the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” NC” held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday. He allowed two runs in six ⅓ on the day, but lost two games (two wins) due to his team’s 2-3 loss. SSG Landers

Elias left the mound on April 21 due to injury to his left medulla oblique muscle. Since then, he has started rehabilitation and is in the process of gradually improving his physical condition. He pitched in a Futures League game against the Goyang Heroes on the 20th and pitched for the first time in his return with one run (no earned run) in three innings. He is ready to return. Still, Shirakawa is showing off his skills as if he has adapted to the KBO league. SSG is having a hard time choosing between Elias and Shirakawa.

Shirakawa is expected to take the mound in the wake of SSG coach Lee Soong-yong’s consideration. The coach sent him to the starting pitcher eight days after the match against the Kia Tigers in Incheon on Friday, as he would be exhausted from frequent appearances, which is different from that of the independent league.

SSG pitcher Shirakawa started the first game of the three consecutive weekend series against the “2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League” NC” held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Sunday. He allowed two runs in six ⅓ on the day, but lost two games (two wins) due to his team’s 2-3 loss. SSG Landers

Shirakawa, in return, showed his best pitching since his KBO debut. He has won two games and lost two games this year, with an ERA of 5.09 22 strikeouts in 17 ⅔ innings. He has displayed so outstanding pitching that he has never given up more than two runs except for eight runs (seven earned runs) in one ⅓ against the Lotte Giants on the 7th.

The time to make a decision is approaching. The maximum period of time is two weeks. Will Shirakawa, who dreams of “KBO Dream” through the Japanese independent league, continue his life in Korea? What choice will SSG make.

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