Home run hitter Williams forgets to take a base
After falling into a severe slump, Hanwha Williams rebounded with his third home run of the season against KIA on April 4.
Prior to that day, Williams was in a severe slump with a batting average of 0.182.
Against Doosan in Daejeon on the 1st, he struck out three times in three at-bats and was removed with the bases loaded in the top of the 9th inning.
Williams raised expectations with a multi-hit game against KT on June 28, his second game in the KBO, and a home run against Samsung Electronics on June 30. However, his performance plummeted in July.
His strikeouts piled up, and he hit just .175 with a .442 OPS in July. It’s a performance reminiscent of his predecessor, O’Grady, who batted .125 with 40 strikeouts in 80 of 86 at-bats.
Manager Choi Won-ho, who had been watching Williams, said, “I’m worried about how long I have to wait for a foreign hitter,” and decided, “If it continues to be bad, I’ll selectively play him.” In the end, he left Williams out of the lineup for the games against Doosan on the 2nd and 4th.
Williams started in left field against the KIA on April 4 and activated the home run machine. In the top of the fourth inning, Williams took a pitch from KIA’s Young-gun Yoon for a 125-meter home run over the center field fence. It was his first home run in nine days against Kiwoom on March 26.
Williams’ rebound was most welcomed by manager Choi Won-ho. Choi greeted Williams with a big smile after his home run.스포츠토토
Has it been too long since he’s touched the ball? While staring at the home run, Williams walked past the first base line without stepping on it and then turned around and walked back.
Hanwha lost to KIA 3-9. Williams’ solo shot, which accounted for all of the team’s runs, and home run leader Noh Si-hwan’s 22nd were the highlights of the day. Gwangju=Moon-young Choi Reporter