I missed the victory, but a comeback match that met expectations… This is why KT waited for Cuevas

KT Wiz foreign pitcher William Cuevas stepped onto the mound for the first team after a year and two months and presented a pitch that met the team’s expectations.메이저놀이터

Cuevas started as a starting pitcher in the home game against Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 17th, recording 4 ⅔ innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs.

Cuevas has won a total of 33 wins in a KT uniform for four years since 2019, and in the 2021 match against Samsung, he pitched a scoreless 7 innings and helped the team achieve a unified victory.

However, Cuevas complained of elbow pain in April of the following year, and had to leave Korea after receiving a notice of release on May 18. Fans and players were saddened by the unexpected breakup.

In June of this year, about a year after that, KT decided to re-enlist Cuevas. This is because he could not wait any longer for Bossul Seo, who had been sluggish throughout the season. Cuevas, who signed a contract with KT for a total of $450,000, entered the country at dawn on the 12th and played a comeback in the first team less than a week later.

The KT club held a ‘Welcome back Cuevas’ event to welcome Cuevas’ return, and recorded a video of Cuevas’ past performance and sent it to the electronic board. KT fans who filled the stands greeted Cuevas’ return with generous applause and cheers.

Returning to Wiz Park amidst the warm welcome of the fans, Cuevas continued a smooth flow at the beginning of the game.

After ending the first inning with a tripartite, Cuevas continued the scoreless march through the second and third innings. He cooked Samsung batters by mixing various pitches such as fastball, cut fastball, two-seam, and slider.

Cuevas, who passed the 4th inning with a tripartite offense, could meet the requirements for a winning pitcher if he caught only 3 out counts. But he couldn’t get past the hurdle.

After lead hitter Kim Jae-seong’s double in the top of the 5th inning, Cuevas grounded balls to Kim Dong-yeop and Ryu Seung-min in turn, but the follow-up hitter Kim Young-woong hit a timely RBI. Here, he gave up a walk to Kim Ji-chan, and allowed one more point with Kim Hyun-jun’s one RBI and timely hit.

In the end, the KT bench put Son Dong-hyun on the mound instead of Cuevas, and with Pirella’s 1 RBI timely hit, even the successor runner stepped home, increasing Cuevas’ runs.

However, while the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings from the sixth inning, the hitters scored a large number of five runs only in the bottom of the seventh inning, saving Cuevas from the brink of defeat. KT, who contributed 2 points in the 9th inning, but kept the lead until the end, won 6-5 and won 4 consecutive wins, securing the winning series.

His first win of the season was postponed to the next opportunity, but Cuevas clearly imprinted his presence in just one game. KT, who has not let go of hope for fall baseball, is looking at a higher place with the addition of Cuevas.

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