Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) had four straight multi-hit games. But he stayed cool.온라인카지노
Yoshida went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while batting second in the lineup against the Texas Rangers on Saturday (June 6) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Yoshida’s first opportunity came in the bottom of the first inning, when leadoff hitter Jared Duran singled and stole second. However, he was stranded at second on a grounder to the third baseman. Boston then took the lead on Turner’s RBI single. Rafael Devers flied out to right field, but after Alex Verdugo walked, Adam Duvall singled to put runners on first and second for a 2-0 lead.
Yoshida stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning with runners on first and second, but was stranded on a fielder’s choice.v But he found his groove in the bottom of the fifth. Yoshida led off with a walk and stole second. Turner followed with an RBI single, scoring Yoshida. The score was 3-0.
Texas responded with a two-run homer by Adolis Garcia in the top of the sixth, but Boston answered with an RBI single by David Hamilton in the bottom of the inning.
Yoshida led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. However, he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity as Turner followed with a double.
In the top of the ninth, Kenley Jensen struck out the side to end the game. The Red Sox won 6-4.Yoshida had been hitting poorly at the end of last month. He didn’t get a hit in four straight games. He went 0-for-11 and his batting average dropped from .307 to .294. However, his bat came alive on April 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
He went 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI, and one run scored in Toronto. He followed that up with a 2-for-3 day with a double and an RBI. Yoshida was hit in the upper shin by a 101.8 mph (164 km/h) fastball from Nate Pearson in the top of the seventh inning. Luckily, he avoided a fracture.
After two days off, Yoshida continued to hit well. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against Texas on Friday. On the season, he is batting .310 with an OPS of .861.
According to Japanese media outlet Full Count, Yoshida was nonchalant about his recent hitting after the game. He said, “I don’t feel like I’m getting better. I’m not getting carried away,” he said, adding, “(The hits) are coming, but I’m looking at the content. I’ll look at the batting average at the end.”
Yoshida will attempt to become just the third Japanese hitter ever to reach the major leagues with a triple-digit batting average. Ichiro Suzuki, who played for the Seattle Mariners, hit in the triple digits for 10 consecutive seasons starting in his rookie year. Hideki Matsui, who played for the New York Yankees, followed with a .305 average in the 2005 season. Yoshida is following in the footsteps of these two players.