KT KBO League first regular season championship in 7 years

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1-0 win over Samsung in the first place match

KT Wiz won the historic ‘first regular season first-place match in a single league’ and set the record for the shortest regular season championship for a new KBO League club.

KT defeated the Samsung Lions 1-0 in the first place match of the professional baseball 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO regular season held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 31st.

KT and Samsung finished their regular season 144 games with 76 wins, 9 draws and 59 losses, and played a single game to determine the top spot.

By winning their 145th game this year on the last day of October, KT became the final winner of the 7-month long pennant race.

It was a victory made by the fighting spirit of William Cuevas. Cuevas, who threw 108 balls against the NC Dinos on the 28th, took a break for just two days to start, and played a counterattack with one hit and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Cuevas overcame physical limitations and threw 99 balls.

In KT, Kang Baek-ho scored a left-handed hit from 2 companies 1st and 3rd base, which was obtained due to an opponent’s error, and hit one RBI just in time. It was the only score that came out that day.

At the end of the 7th inning, Cuevas was pushed into a crisis of 1 company 1 and 3 base due to a catch error by KT right fielder Jared Hoing, but escaped the crisis by striking out Kang Min-ho and second baseman Won-seok Lee.

KT, who entered the first-team stage since 2015, won the regular season championship trophy for the first time in seven seasons. KT climbed to the top one season earlier than the NC Dinos (joined the first team in 2013, won the championship in 2020) and the SK Wyverns (joined the first team in 2000, won the championship in 2007), who won the first time in eight seasons.

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Excluding the ‘Original Member’, which was founded in 1982, it was the fastest to win the championship.

KT finished at the bottom (10th) in 2015-2017, and barely succeeded in finishing last in 9th in 2018.

What has happened since then has been great. Starting in 6th place in the 2019 season, they succeeded in going straight to the playoffs in 2nd place in 2020. And in 2021, he finally emerged as the regular season champion.

/yunhap news

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