‘0.167 batting average’ Yoshida, harsh major league adaptation period

Yoshida Masataka (30, Boston Red Sox) is having a harsh adaptation period in the major leagues.

On the 19th (Korean time), in the 2023 Major League Minnesota Twins game held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Yoshida started as the left fielder with the 4th batter and was silent with no hits in 5 at bats.

As he failed to produce hits in the last 4 games in a row, Yoshida’s season batting average fell to 0.167 (8 hits in 48 at-bats). His on-base percentage is just 0.310.

It was a result far below his expectations.

Yoshida, who won the batting title twice in Japanese professional baseball, came to the U.S. with a special treatment of 90 million dollars (approximately 119.1 billion won) for five years with Boston ahead of this season.

Ahead of his first season in the big leagues, he participated in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) early last month and collected a batting average of 0.409, 2 homers and 13 RBIs in 7 games, leading the Japanese national team to the championship. 토스카지노

However, as the major league season begins, Yoshida’s bat is not working.

On the 4th, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he passed Boston’s home stadium ‘Green Monster’ and had his first taste in the big leagues, but that was the only time.

From the 13th to the 16th, he was also absent due to hamstring pain. He returned on the 17th against the Los Angeles Angels, but has yet to hit a single hit after returning.

The silence of his central hitter is adding to the frustration of the batting line.

Yoshida was caught with a ground ball by second baseman in the first inning with a safe second and third base chance, and in the third inning, Yoshida came out as the lead batter and withdrew with a floating ball to center fielder. He returned with a straight hit to left field on first base with no out in the 5th inning, and a grounder with 2 outs on 3rd base in the 7th inning. Even after two outs in the ninth, he was grounded.

In the end, Yoshida was replaced at the start of the 10th inning when the match was 2-2, and the match ended.

Without fourth batter Yoshida, Boston regained the balance with Liz Maguire’s two RBIs and timely hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, which was trailing 2-4. In the 2nd, 2nd and 3rd bases, Alex Verdugo’s ending hit led to a 5-4 victory.

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