Collapsing 99 pitches with 5 runs in 3⅓ innings… 1.7 billion foreign pitcher betrayed again, he was not an ace

KT Wiz ace Wes Benjamin again threw a disappointing pitch and failed to save the team in crisis. 

Benjamin started the 4th game of the season against NC in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 9th and took the mound for the 3rd loss (3 wins) of the season with 3⅓ innings, 5 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts and 5 runs (3 earned). got hit He came down the mound during the fourth inning, and his pitch count reached 99. 

From the first episode, he suffered from extreme difficulty in retrieval. It seemed to end the inning easily by striking out second baseman Park Min-woo and first baseman Park Kun-woo, but Jason Martin and Kwon Hee-dong gave up consecutive walks, causing the bases to be loaded with two runs. He caught Park Se-hyeok on a foul fly at third baseman and barely finished the inning, but only after throwing 36 in the first inning. 

The second time was also difficult. After one out, Oh Young-soo got a walk at the end of the full count, and Kim Joo-won was sent out as a right-handed hit. He struck out Son A-seop and took a breather, but Park Min-woo hit a one-run first-time hit. Afterwards, he met Park Kun-woo and induced the third baseman to ground at the end of the 10th pitch, but again, third baseman Kang Min-seong made a catch mistake and gave home to both Kim Joo-won and Park Min-woo. He then struck out Martin to end the inning. 

In the 3rd inning, trailing by 1-3, he showed a temporary comeback. Leading Kwon Hee-dong walked and Park Se-hyeok sacrificed bunts, and Seo Ho-chul and Oh Young-soo at second base were hit by looking strikeouts in succession. 

However, peace was hit again in the 4th inning when the match was 3-3 for a while. After a run, Son Ah-seop’s double hit gave Park Min-woo a timely hit with an RBI. The role ended here. In the 4th inning, trailing by 3-4, Cho Yi-hyeon was replaced with 1 out and 2nd base, and the game ended early. It was the moment when the average ERA soared from 5.40 to 5.65.  먹튀검증

Benjamin, who became KT Man as a substitute for William Cuevas last year, renewed the contract for a total of $1.3 million (about 1.7 billion won) and became KT’s ace for the 2023 season. After that, on April 1st, he won 2 consecutive wins with 6 innings and 1 run in the opening match against LG (visa), and 3 runs in 6 innings against Sajik Lotte on the 8th. 6 runs in an innings) and on the 26th against Gocheok Kiwoom (5 runs in 5⅓ innings), it was shaken one after another. In the recent game against SSG Incheon on the 2nd, he rebounded with a victory with 3 runs in 6 innings, but it was literally a rebound.

KT, whose ace collapsed, lost 3-14 to NC and fell into a quagmire of 4 consecutive losses. The ranking is still the lowest. The sluggishness of the ace came even more painfully as the KT lineup tied with two home runs against Eric Peddy with an ERA of 0.47. Peddy hit the first home run in the KBO League that day.

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