Japanese major leaguer Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) had the best day since his big league debut, hitting two home runs in one inning, including a grand home run.
On the 24th (Korean time), Yoshida led the team to a 12-5 victory with 2 hits and 6 RBIs in 4 at-bats as the 4th hitter in left field at the Milwaukee away game held at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA on the 24th (Korean time). Both hits were home runs.
Yoshida’s bat spewed fire in the top of the 8th inning when the score was 3-4. Following Justin Turner, the third hitter, he hit a back-to-back home run and turned the game around 5-4 at once. It wasn’t over. The batting order turned around, and with a huge lead of 8-4, Yoshida entered the plate again. Yoshida, who was being dragged with 2 outs and bases loaded and the ball count 0-2, pulled Milwaukee pitcher Harvey Guerra’s 136 km/h slider on the 4th pitch as it was. The ball with a speed of 170km and a flight distance of 124m went well over the right wall. It was the moment Yoshida hit his first slam home run in his major league debut and the first multi-inning home run of his career. 메이저놀이터
Two home runs in one inning, including a grand slam, is the first time in 10 years since Edwin Encarnacion in July 2013. Coincidentally, this is also the day Fernando Tatis hit two home runs against the same pitcher in one inning 24 years ago. As is well known to domestic fans, it was Park Chan-ho who allowed Tatis an immortal record while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yoshida took the opportunity to rebound with a hard hit that day. Until this day, he was extremely sluggish with a batting average of 0.213 and one home run in 16 games.
Yoshida said that taking a slightly open stance to see the pitch better worked. “It’s a really good day,” he said, “but it’s the beginning of the season. I will prepare well and play hard.”