KT WIZ’s foreign pitcher William Cuevas (33) narrowly missed a no-hitter with two outs.
Cuevas struck out seven with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning in a no-hitter against the visiting Kia Tigers of the 2023 KBO at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju.
He issued three walks but did not face a single hit, leaving him one out away from a no-hitter.
However, KIA broke Cuevas’ no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning when second-year Kim Do-young, who came to bat with one out, hit a triple to the top of the left-center field fence.
The next batter, Kim Sun-bin, drew a walk to put runners on first and third, but KT brought in reliever Kim Jae-yoon to end Cuevas’ perfect game.
KT took the lead in the top of the first inning when Park Byung-ho hit a two-run home run to left field.
KT added a run in the top of the seventh on a single by pinch-hitter Moon Sang-cheol, and made it 4-0 in the eighth when pinch-hitter Kim Jun-tae drove in a run on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the ninth, with runners on first and third, KIA scored a run on Choi Hyung-woo’s infield grounder to end the game.
With the 4-1 win, KT maintained its two-game lead over the third-place NC Dinos, who lost on the day.
With a 10-0 record on the season, Cuevas booked the winning percentage title.
KIA, on the other hand, slipped to sixth place after one day.
In Incheon, the SSG Landers moved back into fifth place with a 4-2 win over the Lotte Giants.
SSG took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Guillermo Heredia drove in Oh Tae-gon with a double to right-center field.
Lotte answered in the top of the third when Hwang Sung-bin drew a walk against reliever Oh Won-seok, advanced to third on two wild pitches, and scored on Han Dong-hee’s RBI single to make it 1-1.
SSG, however, took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Choi Hang hit a two-run double to left center, 카지노사이트 followed by RBI singles by Oh Tae-gon and Kim Chan-hyung to make it 4-1.
Lotte scored a run in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Jeon Jun-woo, but could not get any closer.
SSG starter Kirk McCarty was pulled after the second inning due to side pain.
In relief, Oh Won-seok pitched 5⅔ innings, allowing two runs on five hits to earn the win.
In Changwon, where the third- and fourth-place teams met, the Doosan Bears defeated the NC Dinos 3-1.
Fourth-place Doosan, riding a three-game winning streak, moved to within 1.5 games of third-place NC.
The tie was broken in the seventh inning when Lee Jae-hak and Raul Alcantara started the game.
Doosan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh when Kim Jae-ho lined a single to right field with runners on first and second.
The next batter, Jose Rojas, singled to left to make it 2-0, and with two outs, Kim Jae-hwan drove in a run on a passed ball to make it 3-0.
NC got one run back in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Kwon Hee-dong.
Doosan starter Alcantara was hit on the right hand by Park Min-woo’s straight hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In Jamsil, the LG Twins defeated the Hanwha Eagles 3-1.
Hanwha took the lead in the first inning when Chae Eun-sung hit a solo home run.
However, LG tied the game with an RBI single by Kim Hyun-soo after a pitching change and scored on a double by Austin Dean and a subsequent grounder to make it 2-1.
In the third, two batters later, Oh Ji-hwan hit a solo home run to right field for a 3-1 lead.
LG starter Chan-kyu Lim pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits to improve to 12-3 on the season. 슬롯