KT Wiz first starter Wes Benjamin (30) was shaken for two consecutive games.
Benjamin started on the 26th in the 2nd game of a 3-game series against the Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, but scored 7 hits (2 homers) and 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings. He came down the mound with his team losing. This is the 2nd loss (2 wins) of the season.
Benjamin was hit by foreign hitter Edison Russell in the top of the first inning. Although he got an infield hit from batsman Lee Yong-gyu, he seemed to overcome the crisis by handling follow-up hitters Lee Hyung-jong and Lee Jung-hoo with fly balls and ground balls, respectively. However, the first pitch thrown by Russell at 146 km/h was driven to the center, and it was hit as it was, leading to a large home run that flew 125 m.
Benjamin then endured the second and third innings without conceding. However, in the second inning, he walked lead batter Kim Hwi-jip and gave up four pitches to follow-up hitter Kim Dong-heon, showing a wavering appearance. He overcame the crisis with difficulty by dealing with Lee Hyeong-jong at full base. He gave up a walk to Kim Hui-jip in the third inning.
Benjamin gave up 6 runs against SSG Landers on the 20th, the previous appearance. Two home runs were also a problem for him, but it was more regrettable that he gave up three walks. He is a player who recorded a total of 3 in the preceding 3 matches.
Benjamin again gave up two runs on defense in the fourth inning. In the second out and first base, Lee Hyung-jong gave four pitches and Lee Jung-hoo walked, causing a crisis, and allowed Russell, who had previously hit a home run in the first inning, to hit right handedly.
Benjamin entered the KBO League last season as a substitute foreign player for William Cuevas, and won a new contract with an average ERA of 2.70 with 5 wins and 4 losses in 17 games. He is friendly and has excellent language acquisition skills. Above all, he was a pitcher with a good breaking ball. Benjamin was also selected for the opening match of this season (against the LG Twins).
KT has only 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 5 matches. They haven’t scored more than 2 points in their last 3 games. When the batting line sinks like this, the ace must endure with the minimum number of runs. However, it is Benjamin who suddenly shakes his head. 스포츠토토
He also allowed an extra run. In the beginning of the 6th inning, Benjamin hit a solo home run that went over the left wall to Hyung-Jong Lee, who did not allow a hit in the absence of a runner. Two home runs in two consecutive games.
Russell came down the mound with KT losing 2-5.