Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston), who once had a batting average of 10%, was perfectly revived by hitting 12 consecutive hits.
On the 3rd (Korean time), 메이저놀이터Yoshida started as the designated hitter number 6 in a home game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and recorded 2 hits (1 home run), 2 RBIs, 1 walk and 1 run in 3 at-bats. The season’s batting average rose to 0.286.
Prior to this season, Yoshida signed a 5-year, 90 million dollar (approximately 120 billion won) large-scale contract with Boston to challenge the American stage.
Before entering the major leagues in earnest, Yoshida played an active part in the WBC. As the main hitter of the Japanese national team, he led Japan to the championship by posting a new tournament record of ’13 RBIs’.
And he went back to America to prepare for the season. He had a bad start to the season. He also had a hamstring injury, and the sluggishness continued.
From the end of April, he started to get back on track little by little. The streak continued.
On this day, Yoshida hit Yusei Kikuchi with a solo shot over the middle fence in the second at-bat in the 4th inning with a 2-0 lead. Season 5 issue.
Then, in the 5th inning, where the team was behind 4-6, with 2 out, 2nd and 3rd base, the changed pitcher Jack Pop hit a timely one RBI in pursuit of the left fielder. And in the last at-bat in the 7th inning, he picked a walk and went on base, completing the game on 3 bases.
With this, Yoshida hit the last 12 games in a row since the Minnesota Twins game on the 21st of last month. He also spewed extra-base hits in three straight games.
Yoshida’s batting average plummeted until the middle of last month until he reached 1. In addition, there were many problems such as the batting ball not opening.
However, starting with a multi-hit game against Minnesota on the 21st of last month, Yoshida is striking a surprising blow.
His last 12 games batting average is 0.435 (20 hits in 46 at-bats), 4 home runs and 13 RBIs. With this, Yoshida recorded a season batting average of 0.298, an on-base percentage of 0.391 and an OPS of 0.902 until this day. He had a .300 batting average, and his OPS went up to 0.902.