Can KT Wiz slugger William Cuevas make KBO history?
Cuevas started the 11th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the KIA Tigers at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju on Wednesday and pitched 8.1 innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking one to earn his team’s 4-1 victory and 10th win of the season.
It was a complete game performance. Cuevas pitched a no-hitter, not allowing a single hit from the first inning until the ninth inning with one out. After giving up a hit by pitch to Kim Sun-bin and a walk to Choi Hyung-woo in the first inning, he retired 17 consecutive batters from the last batter of the first inning, Socrates Brito, to the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning, Kim Sun-bin.
In the top of the seventh, Choi gave up a single to Choi Hyung-woo, but Socrates and Lee Woo-sung were both retired. In the eighth, he struck out Kim Tae-gun, Ko Jong-wook, and Byun Woo-hyuk.
In the bottom of the ninth, he got the leadoff hitter Lee Chang-jin to fly out to right field and was on his way to a no-hitter, but he gave up a triple to left-center field to Kim Do-young and a walk to Kim Sun-bin, putting runners on first and third.
At this point, the KT bench sent Cuevas down to bat for Choi Hyung-woo and brought up Kim Jae-yoon. The no-hitter was broken, and the no-hitter’s chances of a perfect game were blown. Kim Jae-yoon allowed Choi Hyung-woo to hit a ground ball to score Cuevas’ run.
Socrates followed with a single, but Lee struck out swinging to end the threat.
Since returning to KT in the middle of the season to replace Bo Schuler, Cuevas has been pitching flawlessly to keep KT on track. In 16 games so far, he has a 10-0 record with a 2.71 ERA. In August, he went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in five games and was named the KBO League Monthly MVP.
For KT fans, Cuevas has been unforgettable. From the 2019 season to the beginning of the 2022 season, Cuevas went 33-23 in 82 games before leaving due to injury. Especially in the 2021 season, he made a big contribution to KT V1.
Even in the middle of the season, Cuevas has been pitching flawlessly and currently has a 100 percent winning percentage. At this rate, he’s a shoo-in for the KBO’s win percentage title. The KBO Pitcher Winning Percentage Award is given to the pitcher with the highest winning percentage among pitchers with 10 or more wins, regardless of the number of innings pitched.메이저놀이터
There has never been a starting pitcher with a 100 percent winning percentage. Of course, Samsung’s Oh Bong-ok went 13-0 in 1992 and Samsung’s Kim Hyun-wook went 10-0 in 2002. However, Oh and Kim were relief pitchers. No starting pitcher has ever gone undefeated and had a 100% winning percentage.
Of course, it can be broken. KT has 13 games left to play. Cuevas will likely get three or four starts. He will need to maintain his current form without losing.
Cuevas had to say goodbye to KT fans in tears last season due to injury. Since his arrival, he has been a great support for KT, but can he become the first KBO pitcher to do so?