‘Japanese record’ home run king, 53 consecutive at-bats without home run ‘silence’… 10% batting average, head-first sliding → infield hit ‘It’s a pity’

The home run silence of Munetaka Murakami (Yakult) of the Nippon Professional Baseball, who set a new home run record (56) last year and won the home run king, is getting longer. 

In the game against Yokohama held at Yokohama Stadium on the 27th, Murakami started as the 4th hitter and third baseman, and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

He came out as the leadoff batter in the second inning and was out on a grounder to first base in his first at-bat. After two outs in the 4th inning with a 1-0 lead, he hit a ground ball to the second baseman and sprinted without giving up and made a head first slide to first base. As he was safe, he recorded an infield hit. The Japanese media praised it as a hustle play that did not spare the body. 

After Murakami’s hustle play, Yakult took a chance with two outs loaded with intentional four pitches and a walk, but failed to score.

Yakult took a 4-0 lead in the 5th inning with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd bases and Santana’s three-run home run. Afterwards, Murakami withdrew from a full count with a 138km sinker striking out looking.

He went to base with a hit ball on second base in the seventh inning when the score was tied 5-5. In the ninth inning, he struck out with a 150km fastball and a 148km fastball in the 9th inning with 1 ball and 1 strike. On this day, he added two strikeouts and struck out 35, leading the strikeouts in both leagues. 6 points from the 2nd place.

Yakult suffered a 6-7 end loss in the 10th overtime. With 10 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses, the 50% win rate was broken and was pushed to 4th place.  

After the match, Murakami said, “I am in this situation, but it is best to end with a smile in the end, so I am aiming for that. I want to do it step by step,” he said. ㅋㅋㅋ벳

Regarding the 4th head-first sliding, “I will try to break the losing streak so that I can win. We just work hard to win.”

Murakami hit a home run in the first at-bat of the opening game, and hit a home run for the second season against Yokohama on the 11th. After that, it is the 12th game without a home run in 53 consecutive at bats. 

Murakima, who won three batting crowns (batting average, home run, RBI) last year, had 10.6 2 (12 hits in 74 at-bats), 2 homers, 10 RBIs, 6 runs, .319 on-base percentage, .284 slugging percentage, and .602 OPS. it’s grades

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