SSG’s new foreign pitcher, Dugger, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings in his first appearance in the KBO

Perhaps because of the cold weather, control was difficult.
SSG Landers foreign pitcher Robert Dugger

New foreign pitcher Robert Dugger (28) of the professional baseball SSG Landers was shaken during his first official appearance on the mound in the KBO League.

Dugger appeared as a starting pitcher in an exhibition game against Kiwoom Heroes held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 14th, and was shaken with 61 pitches, 5 hits, 1 strikeout, and 3 runs (2 earned) in 2⅓ innings.He also gave up three walks, exposing his unstable control.

SSG gave up on renewing the contract with Kirk McCarty, who was unable to play in many games last year due to frequent injuries, and signed Dugger for a total of $900,000.

Dugger did not leave a strong impression in the major leagues with a total of 27 games, 7 losses, and an ERA of 7.17, but in the minor leagues, he gained a variety of experiences with a total of 154 games, 39 wins, 42 losses, 2 saves, and an ERA of 4.21.

Last season, he ranked first in ERA (4.31) and strikeouts (143) in the Triple-A Pacific League.

Dugger raised expectations by reaching a top speed of 151 km/h early on in spring training.

SSG coach Lee Soong-yong said, “I want to give him 100 points for both personality and skill. He is a pitcher who will achieve more than 10 wins if he stays healthy.”

However, he failed to leave a strong impression in his first KBO exhibition game appearance.

SSG Dugger pitching live

Perhaps due to the chilly weather, the top speed was limited to 149 km/h, and the control was also shaky.

Dugger put himself in danger with two walks in the first inning, with two outs and first and second bases on base, and then gave up one run due to a throwing error by catcher Cho Hyeong-woo during a double steal.

In the second inning, even with the bases loaded with one out and two hits and a walk, Kim Hye-seong and Ronnie Dawson were hit and out of trouble.

However, he allowed three straight hits in a row and came off the mound.

Leadoff hitter Kim Hwi-jip hit a single directly at the top of the left fence, and Choi Joo-hwan hit a triple directly at the right fence.

With one out and runners on third base, Kim Dong-heon hit a left-field hit, and eventually handed the mound to Cho Byeong-hyun. 사설토토

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