Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston Red Sox), who led the Japanese national team to the WBC championship, successfully debuted in the major leagues.
On the 31st (hereafter Korean time), Yoshida started in left field 4 in the opening game against the 2023 Major League Baseball Baltimore Orioles held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He went 4-for-2 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He showed why he signed a five-year, $90 million contract.
The protagonist of the WBC Japan national team’s victory, the fourth hitter, and the main character who became the RBI leader with 13 RBIs. Yoshida met Baltimore starting pitcher Kyle Gibson in the bottom of the first inning when the game was tied 1-1 with no runners and two outs. He turned to a grounder to second base on a seven-pitch changeup on a full count. 메이저사이트
In the bottom of the 4th inning, with the score trailing 1-5, Yoshida reached base with a hit ball from 1st and 3rd base. He failed to score. At the end of the 6th inning, trailing 2-8, he hit a 2-pitch, 91 mile high fastball against left-hander Keegan Akin, the first and second baseman, and scored a heavy hit with one RBI. His first hit in his major league debut was a timely hit.
Yoshida’s activity continued. In the bottom of the 8th inning, trailing 4-10, he connected with a right-handed hit with a 95 mph four-seam by first baseman Brian Baker with 1 out. He also scored on Christian Arroyo’s left-footed two-run double. It was his first run in his major league debut.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing 8-10, he attacked Felix Batista’s 97-mile four-seam with one company, first and second baseman, and hit a normal shortstop ground ball. The shortstop stepped on second base and threw to first base, but threw badly. Boston lost 9-10 due to a misfired follow-up even though they had a come-from-behind chance.