KT’s ace Cuevas also had weaknesses. If you meet only LG, it will become smaller. In total, against LG, 5 games and 3 losses, an average ERA of 7.33, was the worst among the 9 clubs. Cuevas also thought that he would show a good figure in fall baseball only when he surpassed LG.
He came out as a starter in the 7th confrontation of the season against LG in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 6th. It was expected that it would continue in the LG match as it was Cuevas, who was on an upward curve by showing QS pitching in the last two games in a row.
However, from the bottom of the first inning, he allowed leadoff Hong Chang-ki a right-handed hit and showed an uneasy start. Fortunately, Moon Seong-joo was caught with a fly ball from third baseman, and the inning was finished with a check from first base runner Hong Chang-ki and a strikeout from Kim Hyeon-soo.
In the second inning, Park Dong-won was allowed to walk after a full count match after two outs, but Moon Bo-kyung was caught with a floating ball in center field to finish the inning.
Cuevas, who neatly blocked the 3rd and 4th innings, dedicated a big inning in the 5th. In the bottom of the 5th inning, when they were leading 2-0, Park Dong-won’s hit and Moon Bo-kyung’s walk led to the first and second bases safely. After that, Park Hae-min’s sacrifice bunt came out and became 1 company, 2nd and 3rd base.안전놀이터
Shin Min-jae entered the plate. Shin Min-jae had no hits in three at-bats against Cuevas in his career. However, he allowed 1 RBI and a timely hit and allowed 2vs1 pursuit.
Here is not the end. With Shin Min-jae’s stolen base, 1 out, 2nd and 3rd base, and Hong Chang-gi’s 1 RBI, center fielder Heeple came out, and the score was tied at 2vs2.
LG’s momentum did not stop at a tie. In the situation of 2 out and 3 base, Seong-Joo Moon got a 1 RBI and timely hit and dedicated a comeback. Soon after, Moon Seong-ju stole base and Kim Hyun-soo 1 RBI and timely hit came out, and he dedicated 4 points only in the 5th inning.
Fortunately, in the beginning of the 6th inning, the kt line-up scored 5 points against LG starters Kelly and Park Myung-geun, making Cuevas meet the requirements for a winning pitcher with a reversal. However, the bullpen pitchers who came up after them could not keep the lead. With 2 points in the 6th, 1 point in the 7th, and 1 point in the 8th, Cuevas’ victory was postponed to the next opportunity.
On this day, Cuevas failed to overcome LG phobia by struggling with 7 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 4 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. To make matters worse, the team also lost 7vs8, ending their winning streak at 4.