William Cuevas (KT Wiz) started the match against the Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in 메이저놀이터 Seoul on the 15th and pitched 7 innings without conceding 2 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts, winning his 6th (undefeated) season. won

Cuevas, who treated episodes 1-3 as a tripartite offense, was put in the first crisis in episode 4. Leading batsman Su-bin Su got on base with a bunt infield hit. The outcount increased by one due to Ahn Jae-seok’s bunt failure, but Jose Rojas’s error at bat made it 1 out and 3 base. However, he had help from the defense. Rojas sent a ground ball in front of the first baseman, and Oh Yoon-seok caught the ball and threw it home to catch Jeong Soo-bin.

Afterwards, Cuevas, who passed the 5th and 6th innings without a major crisis, faced the final crisis in the 7th inning. After getting two outs, he allowed consecutive walks to Kim Jae-hwan and Kim In-tae. However, he struck out Kang Seung-ho, a pinch hitter, and came off the mound.

After the game, Cuevas said, “I am always happy when I win. When I get on the mound, no matter what happens, I always try to enjoy the game.”

The match was against his best friend, Raul Alcantara. The two players had a great pitching battle. Alcantara also pitched well with 4 hits and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings without conceding.

Cuevas said, “I played against a close friend. It was a very enjoyable game. After the game, I texted Alcantara, saying, ‘Good work. You threw well.’ I am honored to be able to play.”

KT’s other line responded to Cuevas’ good fight in the top of the 8th inning. After Bae Jeong-dae made a hit, he advanced to second base due to a catch error by right fielder Kim In-tae. Then, Kim Min-hyeok hit a 1-RBI triple at the right time. This goal was the only goal of the match.

The intense match reminded Cuevas of the tiebreaker match against the Samsung Lions two years ago. At that time, Cuevas started and played a full-fledged struggle with 1 hit, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 7 innings without conceding, leading KT to 1st place in the regular season.

“When you play a game, there are games where the result is 1-0,” Cuevas said. I also remembered the tie-break game. I had a very enjoyable game today.”

When Cuevas returned to KT, KT was in the lower ranks. However, the joining of Cuevas and the return of the injured rode the atmosphere of the upward trend. He moved up to third place with his eighth consecutive winning series. It is threatening even the second place SSG Landers.

Cuevas said, “I’m pitching while dreaming of the Korean Series. When I came to Korea, the team was ranked 7th or 8th, but I always told the players, ‘Don’t worry. If you focus on one week’s games and win a lot, this is a team that can go up’.” I said,” he said, “already climbed to third place.”

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