The KT Wiz will host the NC Dinos in Game 5 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Postseason Playoffs on Friday at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, South Korea.
This one game will determine which team advances to the Korean Series. The teams have a 2-2 series record. Everything will come down to this one game.굿모닝토토 주소
KT dropped both Games 1 and 2 at home to NC. In the first game, ‘ace’ William Cuevas was pulled early after giving up seven runs (four earned) in three innings, giving NC a 1-8 lead through four innings. After giving up a run in the top of the ninth, they closed the gap with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, but lost 5-9.
Wes Benjamin started game two. Benjamin went five innings and allowed three runs (three earned). The Tigers scored two runs in the eighth inning to pull within one run and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but Oh Yoon-seok’s fly ball was caught by shortstop Kim Joo-won.
After being pushed to the brink, KT started to settle down in the third inning. Ko Young-pyo pitched six scoreless innings, and Son Dong-hyun, Park Young-hyun, and Kim Jae-yoon took turns shutting down the NC bats without allowing a run. In the batting order, Choi Byeong-dae and Moon Sang-chul exploded. In the top of the second inning, Bae Joo-dae hit a two-run home run to take the lead, and in the top of the seventh inning, Moon Sang-chul drove a wedge with a solo arch.
The KT bats were hot in Game 4 as well. They scored two runs in each inning from the first to the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. They added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Cuevas, who took the mound after three days of rest, pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Although the Sovereigns scored two runs, the damage had already been done.
KT evened the series at 2-2 with a pair of wins in the red zone, and Benjamin will start again in the winner-take-all game.
Benjamin has appeared in 29 games this season, posting a 15-6 record, 160 innings pitched, 79 runs (63 earned), 157 strikeouts, and a 3.54 ERA. He ranks second in wins and fourth in strikeouts.
In three regular-season NCAA games, he went 1-2 with a 5.65 ERA and 12 runs (12 earned) in 14 1/3 innings. In Game 2, he took the loss after allowing three runs (three earned) on four hits (one home run) and two walks in five innings.
Benjamin had a good experience in fall baseball last season. In Game 2 of the semifinals against the Kiwoom Heroes, he pitched seven innings without allowing an earned run, giving up five hits, one walk, and striking out nine. He then gave up four runs (four earned), eight hits (one home run) and three walks in five innings in Game 5, but he should be able to forget the bad and remember the good.
NC pulled out the Shin Min-hyuk card for the starting pitcher. Eric Peddy was expected to start, but he’s not feeling well, so Shin Min-hyuk will get a rematch with Benjamin. Shin picked up the win in Game 2, throwing 6 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. He has now pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason.
Meanwhile, there is a high chance of rain at KT Wiz Park today. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration’s forecast, it will rain heavily in the morning, with a brief respite before the start of the game, but the rain is expected to return at 4 p.m. The rain will also play a big role in deciding the fate of the two teams.