Elías Sosa in 2008, at a baseball clinic in Nicaragua.
June 10, 1950 |
La Vega, Dominican Republic
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 8, 1972 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 18, 1983 for the San Diego Padres|
|Earned Run Average||3.32|
|Career highlights and awards|
Elías Sosa Martínez (born June 10, 1950 in La Vega, Dominican Republic), is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent on March 4, 1968. He played for the Giants (1972–1974), St. Louis Cardinals (1975), Atlanta Braves (1975–1976), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976–1977), Oakland Athletics (1978), Montreal Expos (1979–1981), Detroit Tigers (1982), and San Diego Padres (1983).
He had several excellent seasons in the big leagues. He twice had an earned run average below 2.00 (1977 and 1979), and in his rookie year, 1973, he won 10 games, saved 18, and pitched in 71 games, all of which would become career highs.
Other career highlights include:
- 3 scoreless innings to earn a save against the Philadelphia Phillies (June 2, 1973)
- won games on two consecutive days vs. the Atlanta Braves, pitching a combined 4 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts, no walks, and giving up just one hit (September 1 and 2, 1973)
- 4 scoreless innings to earn a save against the Cincinnati Reds (July 26, 1974)
- 4 innings, allowing just one run (unearned), to earn a save against the San Francisco Giants (May 23, 1976)
- 4.1 scoreless innings, with a career-high 6 strikeouts, for a no decision vs. the San Diego Padres (July 10, 1977)
- 3 perfect innings to earn a save against the Toronto Blue Jays (May 2, 1978)
- 4 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, to earn a save against the San Diego Padres (July 15, 1979)
Sosa did not get taken deep too often, giving up just 64 home runs, or one for every 14.1 innings pitched. But one of those home runs became quite famous, for it was the second home run of three hit by Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. For his career, he finished with 59 wins, 51 losses, 83 saves, 330 games finished, and an ERA of 3.32.