Toronto Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi (32) 안전놀이터failed to continue his upward trend. In no time, the ERA rose to the 4-point level.
Kikuchi started in a major league game against the Boston Red Sox held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time), and was battered with 9 hits (2 homers), 2 strikeouts and 5 runs in 4⅓ innings. Until April, he cruised with an average ERA of 3.00 (27 innings, 9 ERA) with 4 wins in 5 games, but he left regrets from his first appearance in May. The team suffered a come-from-behind defeat 6-7.
Kikuchi, who signed a three-year, $36 million (approximately 48.2 billion won) contract with Toronto in March last year, has been on the rise this season. Prior to this day’s game, he had 5 games, 27 innings, 4 wins, and an earned run average of 3.00, his best performance since his major league debut.
And he went up against Boston for the first time of the season. On the positive side, Kikuchi had a good ERA of 2.08 in 3 games (8⅔ innings) against Boston last season.
However, when I opened the lid, Kikuchi was beaten. He got a solo shot from Christian Arroyo in the second inning and gave up a timely hit to Rob Lev Snyder in the third. And at the end of the 4th inning, he was dragged away with a solo shot from Japanese junior Masataka Yoshida. In this way, he gave up one run each inning from the second to the fourth inning.
But the batting line helped. In the 5th inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 2 RBIs, a timely hit, tied the opponent’s foil and tied the score 3-3. Dalton Barshaw’s three-run home run turned the game around 6-3.
Kikuchi couldn’t keep the 3-point lead. In the bottom of the 5th, lead hitter Alex Verdugo gave him a four ball, Justin Turner hit, and Lev Snyder got a timely hit and was chased back to 6-4.
Kikuchi had come this far. He came off the mound in a 1 out 1 and 2 base situation. Pitcher Pop, who came up after Kikuchi, allowed Yoshida to hit at the right time, increasing Kikuchi’s runs to 5 points.
Kikuchi, who had only allowed 2 runs in 17⅔innings in the last 3 games, collapsed with a whopping 5 runs in one game. Kikuchi’s ERA was in the 4-point range (4.02).
After the game, Toronto coach John Schneider pointed out the reason for his sluggish performance, saying, “Kikuchi has a good weapon. But he hit the ball too much in the middle, and the slider was strange in particular.”