“I didn’t try to do too much.”

Tommy Hyeonsu Edmon (St. Louis Cardinals) played as the first hitter in center field in the 2023 major league match against the San Diego Padres held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on August 31 (Korean time), 1 hit in 4 at-bats (1 home run) Scored 2 RBI, 1 run and 1 walk.

Edmund stole second base after walking on base in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. After Paul Goldschmidt struck out, Wilson Contreras at the plate succeeded in stealing third base, but the follow-up hit failed and no points were scored. After that, he recorded a total hit in three at-bats.

However, in the bottom of the 9th inning, where he was trailing 3-4, his last chance came. He came out in the fifth at-bat with the second base runner on second base. Edmon watched the first and second pitches. On his 1B1S, he pushed Josh Hader’s three-ball 97.2 mph (about 156 km/h) sinker. The batted ball with a batting speed of 100.1 miles (161 km/h) went out and crossed the right-middle fence. It was Edmon’s walk-off two-run homer.

According to MLBcom, the official website of Major League Baseball, after the game, Edman said, “I can’t think of anything else because Hader’s fastball is so good. I tried to swing as short as possible,” and “His fastball was explosive. “I wasn’t trying to do too much. It was fun when I accidentally hit a home run.”

Edmund also scored a closing hit in the match on August 30, which was an off day. In the bottom of the 10th inning, with one company on first and third base, he came out as a pinch hitter and hit Hader’s first pitch 96 miles (about 154 km/h) sinker and sent the ball toward the left wall. Edmund led St. Louis to victory for the second day in a row.

“Edman became the first St. Louis player to hit two consecutive walk-off hits since Albert Pujols on June 5 and 6, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs,” said MLBcom.

Pujols is a major league legend. He debuted in St. Louis in 2001, went through the LA Angels and the LA Dodgers, returned to St. Louis in 2022, and retired after one season. His career record is 3384 hits, 703 home runs, 2218 runs batted in, 1914 runs batted in, 0.296 OPS, 0.918. He set the 700 home run record for the fourth time in history. He is a player who is well enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

‘Korean-American’ major leaguer Edmon, who played for the Korean national team in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), became a St. Louis player who set a record in 12 years following the legend.

By: 안전놀이터

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