“We are adjusting to the opening game.”

KT ‘foreign ace’ Wes Benjamin (30) made a good pitch in the final test of the demonstration game. There were times when the ball wobbled a little, but it wasn’t a big problem. Crisis management was excellent.

Benjamin started on the 26th in the 2023 KBO League demonstration game SSG held at Suwon KT Wiz Park and scored 4.1 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 1 run.

The four-seam, which reached a maximum speed of 150 km/h, was powerful. He showed off various pitches such as slider (16), cutter (16), curve (10), two-seam (8) and changeup (6) against the SSG lineup.

There is a sense of difficulty, such as allowing the lead batter to get on base once and 3 to 5 times. My pitching wasn’t very good either. There are 32 balls out of 83 pitches. Still, when there were runners around, he knew how to control follow-up hits. That’s why he only gave up 1 point.

He made his first appearance in the last 14 days. It was good with 2 hits, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 1 run in 2.2 innings. He came out for the second time on the 20th, and recorded 4 innings, 3 hits, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 run.

He took 5 days off and got back on the mound. This is a situation that coach Lee Kang-cheol announced early on as a selection for the opening game. After taking the mound on this day, he will rest for 5 days and sortie for the opening game on the 1st. And his final inspection was relatively well done.

I was in danger in the first inning. Shin-soo Choo got a hit, and Shin-soo Choo went to second base while Ji-hoon Choi was grounding. The runner advanced again as Foyle came out and gave Guillermo Heredia a walk. 1st and 3rd base. However, he induced a ground ball to Choi Jeong and ended the inning with a double play.

In the beginning of the second inning, Kim Sung-hyun, Kim Kang-min, and Park Seong-han were blocked with a fly ball, strikeout, and strikeout. In the top of the third inning, Oh Tae-gon walked and even gave away a stolen base. However, he struck out Choi Ji-hoon and succeeded in escaping the crisis.

A run was made in the fourth inning. He was hit by a left-handed double by Heredia. I induced Choi Jeong to ground a ball, but there was an error. Seong-Hyun Kim gave up a double steal at the plate and became second and third base, and while Seong-Hyun Kim grounded, the runner on third stepped home. Kim Kang-min and Park Seong-han were blocked with a hit and ended the inning. 스포츠토토

After giving Oh Tae-gon a hit in the top of the 5th inning, he caught Lee Jae-won with a floating ball. 83 pitches so far. Benjamin’s mission ended here.

After the game, Benjamin said, “I am focusing on the start of the opening game. I am checking the pitches I have in various ways. Whenever I increase the number of pitches according to the schedule, my condition is also improving. Overall, I am satisfied with my current physical condition.”

“Since it was an exhibition game, I focused more on how to deal with the regular season depending on various situations that could arise rather than focusing on the team scoring. Still, the batters in today’s game gave up the first run, so I was able to throw the ball with a comfortable mind.” raining99@sportsseoul.com

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