The Boston Red Sox wrote a record in the opening three games. Scored nine or more runs in three straight games for the third time since 1901. At the center was Masataka Yoshida, a Japanese major leaguer whom Boston had brought in for five years and 90 million dollars. With 13 RBIs in the WBC (World Baseball Classic), Yoshida is making a strong impression with his debut as a Boston center hitter.
MLB.com reported on the 3rd that “Boston wrote a historic opening series record” and “scored 27 points in 3 games while dominating the series with the Baltimore Orioles.”
Boston scored 9 points in three consecutive matches, from the opening game on the 31st of last month to the game on the 2nd and 3rd. After Cincinnati in 1976 and Milwaukee in 1978, they became the third team in history to record nine or more points in each of their first three games after opening.
Zander Bogatz (San Diego) and JD Martinez (Dodgers) transferred, but the firepower of the newly joined players stood out. Yoshida and Justin Turner took the place of the departed players.
From the opening day on the 31st, Yoshida served as the 4th hitter and played an active role with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats. Although Boston lost 9-10, it showed the power of the bat by leading a slugfest. In addition to Yoshida, four other players, including Alex Verdugo, Raphael Devers, and Turner, recorded multi-hits.
In the game on the 2nd, he was silent with no hits in 5 at-bats. Instead he became a lucky man. In the bottom of the ninth inning, which was trailing 7-8, he launched the ball toward left field with no runners on second out, and Baltimore left fielder Ryan McKenna put the ball in his glove and dropped it. Adam Dubal hit a home run that went slightly over the left field ‘Green Monster’, giving Boston a 9-8 come-from-behind victory.
In the game on the 3rd, he again went 4 at-bats with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, leading Boston to a 9-5 victory. In the first at-bat, he made a first run with a ground ball. In the 5th inning, when the score was 3-3, he scored the final blow of the game with a timely hit. In the 8th inning, he also stole second base.
Boston manager Alex Cora said,안전놀이터 “We hit the ball in play. It wasn’t the best day for exit velocity. Instead, we hit the ball in play at the crucial moment. That’s our goal.” Yoshida struck out only once in 15 at-bats in three games, making the baseball that the manager hoped for a reality.