He’s got a baseball bat now, but the explosive physicality that made him a quarterback in American football is still there. Armed with speed and power, Anthony Alford (29-KT Wiz) helped his team snap a two-game losing streak and clinch the best-of-seven series with two strong performances.카지노사이트
Alford started at third base against the NC Dinos in the Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League 2023 at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on the 1st.
In his second at-bat, Alford hit a cool cannonball. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning and his team trailing 0-2, he took a four-seam fastball from opposing starter Song Myung-ki and smashed it over the left field fence for a 130-metre long three-run shot (his seventh of the season) to give his team a 3-2 lead.
With the game tied 6-6, the bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth. The final at-bat was a stormer. The ball was hit towards the pitcher Lee Yong-chan, but he sprinted hard and reached first base faster than the ball. With runners on first and second, the team put more pressure on their opponents and secured a thrilling 7-6 victory thanks to an RBI single from catcher Park Byung-ho. Alford finished the day 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the team’s offence.
Alford said after the game, “The fastball was a ball I was aiming for. I hit a home run last time (against the Incheon SSG Landers on the 14th of last month) and it’s been a long time (without a home run), so today (the 1st) was a good day for me mentally. My batting results have been good since returning from injury, so I feel more confident at the plate. There are definitely things that are better psychologically. I’ve got a better eye for the ball and a better sense of whether it’s a good pitch to hit.”
Last month (June), Alford was the team’s hottest hitter. He batted .367 (22-for-60) with one home run and six RBIs to spark the offence. Since returning to the field after shaking off a shoulder contusion, he has been hitting for power. Her quick feet also shone through. In the first game of the three-game weekend series against Suwon NC on the 30th of last month, his hustle was on full display.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with his team trailing 1-2, Park Byung-ho hit a single to left field, stole second base and advanced to third base. With the score 2-2 and runners on first and third, Hwang Jae-gyun hit a grounder to shortstop that swept home plate. Alford’s base running was the difference. His explosive speed and power brought back memories of his college days as a starting quarterback.
“I’ve been playing a lot of designated hitter lately, so I’ve been focusing on hitting more than fielding, so I think I need to give 100 per cent at the plate. “When I get the chance, I’m going to take it, and my batting and speed are my strengths, so I’m going to utilise them. I want to continue to make plays that can help the team win.”
Thanks to Alford’s back-to-back performances, KT escaped a three-game losing streak on the first day of the three-game weekend series and promptly completed the sweep to start July on a high note.