Boston Red Sox Japanese hitter Masataka Yoshida hit fellow Japanese pitcher Toronto Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi.
Yoshida started as the designated hitter in the home game against Toronto held at Fenway Park on the 3rd (Korean time) and hit a solo home run in the middle of the month after one out in the bottom of the 4th inning to lead 2-0.
In the second at-bat in the first at-bat, Yoshida stepped back with a ground ball to second baseman, and in the second at-bat of the fourth inning, Toronto starter Kikuchi hit a 95.3-mile fastball in the middle of the 5th pitch and drew a solo arch that went over the right wall. The fifth home run of the season with a launch angle of 34 degrees, an exit velocity of 103.1 miles, and a distance of 392 feet.
It was the first time in six days that Yoshida had hit a home run since the match against the Baltimore Orioles on the 27th of last month. With this home run, Yoshida continued his streak of hits in the last 12 games.
When Toronto scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning and turned the tide to 3-6, Boston caught up with a 1-run lead thanks to Yoshida’s timely hit at the end of the 5th inning. Leading Alex Verdugo’s 4th ball, Justin Turner’s heavy hit made it safe in 1st and 2nd base, Rob Lefsnyder’s left-handed hit added a point, and Yoshida continued with 2nd out, 2nd and 3rd base, and opponent Jack Pop’s 95-mile fastball. , and brought in a point with a left-handed hit, and pursued 5-6.
Boston tied the game 6-6 with Conor Wong’s solo home run in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Wong went out as the lead batter and hit a home run to left center to score the winning run. In the ball count 2B1S, Toronto right-hander Eric Swanson pulled a fastball in the middle of the 93rd mile on the 4th pitch and passed the green monster in the middle left.
Kikuchi allowed 5 runs on 9 hits, including 2 home runs, in 4⅓ innings. He maintained a 4-win undefeated record regardless of wins or losses, but his earned run average deteriorated from 3.00 to 4.02.
Kikuchi threw more than 5⅔ innings in the last 3 consecutive games, including against the Chicago White Sox on the 27th, and allowed less than 1 run, continuing his more stable pitching this season.
With 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and 1 walk, Yoshida raised his batting average to 0.298 (28 hits in 94 at-bats) and was about to hit 30%. Also, 5 home runs, 19 RBIs, 17 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.902 were marked, and he was looking for his pace.메이저사이트
Boston won 4 games in a row and maintained 4th place in the AL East with 17 wins and 14 losses. On the other hand, Toronto fell into a three-game losing streak and recorded 18-12, maintaining third place, but the gap with Boston narrowed to 1.5 games.