The KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) held on to third place in the standings with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Doosan Bears. KT won 1-0 behind foreign starter William Cuevas, who pitched eight scoreless innings of relief against visiting Doosan in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) 2023 Shin han Bank SOL Baseball League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Friday .KT extended its winning streak to three games, while fifth-place Doosan dropped its third straight. Cuevas and Doosan starter Raul Alcantara put on a “masterpiece pitching performance” to keep their streaks at zero .Cuevas pitched three perfect innings before giving up an infield single to leadoff hitter Jung Soo-bin in the bottom of the fourth, and Alcantara held the opposition to just one hit until the fifth .Cuevas got a boost in the fifth inning when the bases were loaded. Leadoff hitter Kim Jae-hwan made a diving catch at second base to extend the out count, and shortstop Kim Sang-soo expertly handled Jang Seung-hyun’s deep fly with two outs .Doosan was not done. In the top of the sixth inning, with runners on second and third, Doosan’s catcher Jang Seung-hyun, sensing KT’s double-steal attempt, pretended to throw the ball to second base and caught Kim Min-hyuk at third .Alcantara made a spectacular glove-handling catch of Kim Jun-tae’s hit behind him with two outs in the top of the seventh inning .The game came down to the eighth inning, when the two starting pitchers switched places .With the score tied at 0-0, KT scored a run in the top of the eighth against their second pitcher, 스포츠토토존 Park Chi-guk. Two batters later, Choi Jae-dae singled to right and stole second base as Kim In-tae, the opposing right fielder, fumbled the ball .Kim Min-hyuk followed with a timely triple to left-center field. Kim was thrown out trying to rush home while the ball was missing .KT held on to the hard-earned run with the help of Pil Seung-jo. Set-up man Kim Young-hyun came on in the eighth and Kim Jae-yoon in the ninth to close out the game. Cuevas pitched seven innings of two-hit ball with two walks and seven strikeouts to earn his sixth win of the season. With his 20th save, Kim became the sixth KBO player to reach the 20-save plateau in four consecutive seasons. Alcantara took the loss despite pitching seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out six and walking none.

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