Not exactly a ‘big game pitcher’. KT Wiz ace William Cuevas gave up an unexpectedly large number of runs and collapsed early.
KT sent Cuevas out to start the first game of the playoffs against the NC Dinos in the best-of-three PO-5 series at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Tuesday. It made sense. Since returning to the rotation in June as Bo Schuler’s replacement, Cuevas has gone 12-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 18 games.토토사이트
Above all, Cuevas was strong in the big games. In 2021, he pitched seven shutout innings in the first-place game against the Samsung Lions to help the team advance to the Korean Series (KS). He did so on just two days’ rest after his regular-season start. In Game 1 of the KS against the Doosan Bears, he pitched seven and two-thirds innings of one-run ball to help the team win the series.
However, it was a different story in his second appearance in fall baseball. Cuevas gave up a leadoff single to Son As-seob in the first inning and a double to Park Min-woo in the second. He struck out Park to give himself some breathing room, but eventually gave up a sacrifice fly to Jason Martin to take the lead. In the second inning, Oh gave up a solo shot to Young-Soo Oh. The pitch was high on a 3-ball-2 strike, and it was a home run.
Luck was not on his side. In the top of the third, an error by third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun allowed Park Min-woo to walk and Park Gun-woo to hit a double down the left field line. Park Min-woo stole second and third and came home on the replay. In the next at-bat, Kwon Hee-dong singled to score the fourth run.
Moon Sang-chul’s homer made it 1-4, but the gap widened again. Kim Hyung-jun walked, and when Kim Joo-won laid down a sacrifice bunt, Cuevas made a throwing error. He made a quick grab and threw to second for the out, but the throw was short and went behind the plate. Son was hit by a pitch.
Eventually, Cuevas, who was hit by a pitch, handed the mound over to Uhm Sang-baek. Uhm allowed the tying run to score, bringing Cuevas’ final line to 7 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings. Kwon Hee-dong’s two-run double cut the deficit to 1-8 and seven runs, and KT’s game plan went awry.