After all, Jose Pirella wasn’t worriedㅋㅋㅋ벳.
Samsung Lions Pirella played a big role in the 6th game of the season against Kiwoom Heroes in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 4th. On this day, Pirella added strength to the team’s 14-1 victory by performing as a cycling hit. On this day, Pirella played an active role with 3 hits (1 home run), 2 RBIs and 2 runs in 5 at-bats.
Let’s see the performance of Pirella today. Pirella was hot from the first episode. Pirella, who started as the first hitter and left fielder that day, fired a cool solo shot against Choi Won-tae in the bottom of the first inning, giving the team the first point. It was his second home run of the season, his 349th in his career, and his first home run by a lead batter in the bottom of the first inning. And season 5.
He stood in the second plate in the third inning. With runners on first and third base safely, Choi Won-tae’s 134 km slider first pitch was connected as a hit, and Lee Byung-hun, who was at third base, was called home.
In the third at-bat in the 4th inning, Pirella, who retired with a shortstop grounder, stood in the 4th at-bat in the 5th inning. He hit the 146km fastball of pitcher Kim Jun-hyung as it was. He connected with a double that cut right field.
Now, I could set a cycling hit record just by adding a triple. He stood at bat for the fifth time in the 7th inning, but was dismissed with a shortstop grounder.
There was no cycling hit, but the performance that Pirella showed was great. Of course, his presence on the plate is obvious. Even when he entered the home, he did not worry about injury and did head first sliding, drawing cheers from Samsung home fans. Stable defense was a bonus.
At the beginning of the season, Pirella was worried because his sense of hitting did not improve. During the opening two weeks, he stayed in the 10% batting average. On April 4, against the Hanwha Eagles, he had a rough start with the aftermath of the super catch.
But Pirella was quickly getting back on track. He made three consecutive hits on April 15 and 16, and raised his batting average by making his first four-hit game of the season against the Doosan Bears on the 27th. On this day, he raised his season batting average from 0.250 to 0.266 with 3 hits.
I’m not worried about Pirella. There is a reason why Samsung fans love Pirella fiercely.