The season’s first home run of the ‘monster’ finally exploded… 173.5km/h hit ‘bang’

‘Monster’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (24, Toronto Blue Jays) quenched his thirst for a home run.

Guerrero Jr. started as the third batter and first baseman in the Kansas City Royals away game held at Kauffman Stadium in Missouri, USA on the 6th (Korean time), and recorded 3 hits (1 home run), 2 runs and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats. Guerrero Jr., who had his first three hits of the season, including hits in four consecutive games, soared to 0.364 (8 hits in 22 at-bats). The combined OPS of on-base percentage (0.483) and slugging percentage (0.545) reaches 1.028.

Guerrero Jr., who went on base with a left-handed hit in the first at-bat that day, failed to score a run due to a follow-up hit. In the second at-bat in the 3rd inning, the third baseman doubled. In the 6th inning, when the score was 0-0, he went on base with a left-handed hit after one out and scored when Matt Chapman grounded in the infield.

The long-awaited hit came in the 8th inning. 메이저놀이터Guerrero Jr., who came out as the lead batter, pushed a four-seam fastball from Kansas City right-handed bullpen Taylor Clark on the second pitch and crossed the right fence. Exit speed 107.8 mph (173.5 km/h) Distance 389 feet (118.6 m). It was the first home run of the season after 6 games and 29 at-bats after the opening. Toronto won 3-0 with Matt Chapman’s timely hit after Guerrero Jr.’s home run.

Guerrero Jr., who made his big league debut in 2019, shot 48 homers in 2021. He also showed formidable punching power by hitting 32 last year. 105 homers in total (five years). He is expected to play an active role this season as well, but in the game against Kansas City, he broke the ‘short’ silence and saw a thrilling touch. 

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