After 78 at-bats, the home run was finally hit.
Nippon Professional Baseball’s Murakami Munetaka (Yakult Swallows) added a home run. Murakami, who fell to the bottom of the batting average, rebounded with his third home run of the season and multiple hits.
Murakami started as a third baseman on number 4 in the game against the Yomiuri Giants held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 4th.
Prior to the game, Murakami had a batting average of 105.6. He was last among the 31 hitters who filled regulation at bats in the Central League.
He came out as the leadoff batter in the second inning and walked and got on base. Afterwards, he also scored with a timely hit by the follow-up hitter. He hit a heavy hit with second out and first base in the third inning.
However, he struck out in the 5th inning with 1st out and 1st and 3rd base chances, and he could not save the RBI opportunity. In the 7th inning, trailing 4-6, he pulled a 139km fastball from 1st out and 1st base, and fired a tying two-run home run that went over the right fence.
A home run after the game against Yokohama on April 11th. It was a home run after 78 at-bats in 18 games. In addition, he recorded multiple hits in about a month after the match against Chunichi on April 5th.
Murakami added a homer in just 61 at-bats before hitting 56 in his final game of the season last year, this time suffering a longer home run silence than that. After the match, Murakami said, “Was it longer? He has bad times too. My senses have returned since yesterday,” he said.먹튀검증
In the last 4 games, he has 4 hits in 13 at-bats and a batting average of 307. His numbers improved with three strikeouts and four walks in his four games.
Murakami, who achieved the ‘Triple Crown’ last year with 5 homers in consecutive hits, a new record in Japanese professional baseball, and a new record for the most home runs in a single season in Japan (56 homers), is in extreme slump this season.
In 28 games, he has a batting average of 1.7, 3 home runs, an OPS of .623, and a whopping 42 strikeouts. His batting average is the lowest and he leads the league in strikeouts. In the Central League home run category, Nakada Sho (Yomiuri) leads with seven.