“2 hits and 2 RBIs in 5 at-bats,” manager Choi Won-ho said, “Even if a foreign batter hits a hit, he can’t smile comfortably.””At a critical moment, Williams burst.”
Even when he saw a foreign hitter with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 5 at-bats, the coach could not smile comfortably. This is the story of Williams, a foreign hitter for the Hanwha Eagles.
In the chance with no bases loaded, an infield fly ball, and a timely hit in the 2nd out and 3rd base, which was leading 12 to 6. Director Choi Won-ho’s expression changed in real time because of Williams, a man with two faces who entered the plate twice in one inning and created dramatic results.
On the 25th, Kiwoom Heroes and Hanwha Eagles played at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. At the start of the second half, Hanwha went on an away road to Gocheok after giving up two games to NC in the home match.
In the last half of the first half, Hanwha saved the spark of hope for fall baseball by winning 8 consecutive wins in 18 years. With a batting average of 0.125, as a substitute for O’Grady, who was released in the midst of extreme sluggish hitting, Williams’ sense of hitting in the Hanwha uniform was hardly revived.
Before the match against Kiwoom, Williams had a batting average of 0.176, 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 12 games. He clearly performed lower than expected. Coach Won-ho Choi lowered Williams, a foreign batter, to the 8th batting order ahead of the game.
Regarding the sluggish hitting against Williams, Choi said, “The timing is late because I hit while falling backwards. Now there is nowhere to go down. If you do well, it will go up,’ he calmly evaluated.
A foreign hitter who has to prove it as a result. Williams, who did not have a sense of hitting, hit as if he was being chased from the first at-bat. It seemed that the timing was not right for Kiwoom starter Jang Jae-young’s fastball. He struck out on a swing with five fastballs without a breaking ball.
Williams, who made two consecutive foul hits in the 4th inning, 2nd out, 1st and 2nd base, which was the second at-bat, made another hit in front of the right fielder when the fastball entered the high course outside the 3rd pitch.
However, it was disappointing in tight situations. In the 6th inning when the score was tied 3 to 3, a chance to reverse with 2 out and 2nd base. A 1B 1S changeup came in the middle, but Williams couldn’t get the timing right. The result was a shortstop floating ball. Batter Williams, who missed the error, blamed himself by heading to the dugout.
On this day, opportunities continued to come to Williams, the 8th hitter. In the 8th inning when they were trailing 3-6, the bases were loaded safely. A turnaround is possible with just one home run. Williams lost his timing again on the slider. Shortstop’s fly ball again. Williams slammed the bat to the ground, and manager Choi Won-ho, who expected at least a sacrificial fly from the bases-scoring chance, tried to ignore Williams as he entered the dugout.
However, in the 8th inning, Hanwha’s batting line exploded. Lee Soon, a batter in one inning. He managed to turn the game around with 10 hits, 5 walks and 13 points.
In the 8th inning, they were leading 12 to 6. Williams, who entered the second at-bat in an inning, struck a cool and timely hit in a relaxed situation. Later, when Williams, who had scored during Lee Jin-young’s three-run four, entered the dugout once more, manager Choi Won-ho showed a light smile and gave Williams a high-five.
2 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 1 point Williams played his second multi-hit game after the KT match on June 28th. Looking at the results of the day alone, the result is satisfactory, but Williams shows a weak appearance in tight situations and with a late batting stance for fastballs. Coach Choi Won-ho will be hoping that the foreign hitter, Williams, will hit the ball even at the crucial moment.