Was it triggered late?
Murakami Munetaka (23), the “monster hitter” of the Yakult Swallows, hit a home run in two consecutive games. On the 13th, against the Chunichi Dragons held at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, he played 4th and 3rd base, activated his 15th cannon of the season, and hit 3 homers in the last 2 games.
The second at-bat in the bottom of the 4th inning when the score was 1-2. He entered the plate as the lead batter and faced Chunichi left-hander Shinnosuke Ogasawara. Murakami pushed a knuckleball that fell down the outside low course from the ball count 2B2S and sent it over the left middle wall to the spectators.
The remaining three at-bats were dismissed as beom-ta. In the first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, the second baseman grounded, and in the bottom of the sixth, he struck out after two strikeouts. In the last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, the shortstop hit a ground ball.
Despite Murakami’s tying home run, Yakult lost 2-4. Chunichi firmly blocks the center line
couldn’t In the top of the 6th inning, Shingo Usami scored a 1-run home run, and in the top of the 8th, Takaya Ishikawa, 4th, hit a timely 1 RBI hit and collapsed.
Murakami scored 4 RBIs with 2 homers in the game the day before (12th)메이저놀이터. He hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, and a one-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. He contributed to an 8-5 come-from-behind victory.
Yakult, which aimed to win the championship for three consecutive years, is in 5th place out of 6 teams in the Central League. On this day, it was defeated by Chunichi, the last place, and the number of rides was reduced to 0.5 games. The team that stood at the top for two consecutive seasons is in danger of falling to the bottom.
The sluggish performance of fourth hitter Murakami, who was the main player in winning two consecutive seasons, is painful. The top hitter, who set a new record for the most homers in a single season by hitting 56 homers last year, is struggling. From the beginning of the season, he could not get out of the early 20% batting average. Expectations were high because he hit his first home run in the opening game, but he showed explosive power like last year.
In 80 games until the 13th, batting average was .233 (65 hits in 279 at-bats), 15 homers, and 43 at-bats. It’s a performance that can’t be compared to his last season.
Murakami recorded a batting average of 30.18 (155 hits in 487 at-bats), 56 home runs, and 134 RBIs last year, becoming the youngest player to win three batting titles. He posted an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.168. He became the first player in the world to hit a home run in five consecutive at-bats.
It has been gradually revived since April, when it bottomed out, but it is still lacking a lot. There was an analysis that it was an aftereffect of participating in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) over the extreme sluggishness at the beginning of the season.
He drove in three homers over two days, becoming the only Central League home run third. WBC national team senior, Yomiuri ZaiKazumi Okamoto (27), No. 4 of the Ents, is first (20), and Shugo Maki (25) of the Yokohama Baystars is second (16).