Shining in defeat 日 11.37 billion batters’ multi-hits…batting averages of 1-3 are all .318, fierce, fierce, fierce.

Masataka Yoshida 토토사이트(Boston Red Sox) has a multi-hit game. The batting title race is on.

Yoshida went 2-for-4 at the plate in the No. 4 spot in the order against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA, on 19 September. The team lost 0-3, but he showed good at-bats.

Yoshida, who also had a hit in the previous game on the 18th, led off the second inning with a double off a 95.8 mph (approx. 154 km/h) sinker from Luis Medina. He later advanced to third on a wild pitch with runners on first and second, but was unable to score as no one followed up.

Yoshida continued his hot bat in the top of the fourth inning, trailing 0-3. With the bases loaded, he took advantage of Medina’s 94.7 mph (152 km/h) four-seam fastball and stole second base once again. This time, however, he was unable to score as Rob Lefsnider and Tristan Casas were retired on strikes.

Yoshida was unable to add another hit in his next two at-bats as he was retired on a grounder to third base and a fly ball to centre field, respectively.
With the multi-hit game, Yoshida raised his batting average to .318. He is now third in the American League in batting average. First place Bo Bissett (Toronto Blue Jays) and second place Yandy Diaz (Tampa Bay Rays) are both at .318. However, when you look at their batting averages to the fourth decimal place, Bissett is at 0.3184, Diaz is at 0.3180, and Yoshida is at 0.3179. There is a fierce battle for the batting title between the three.

Yoshida applied for the post ahead of this season. He signed a five-year, $90 million contract with Boston.
Yoshida had an adjustment period until April. He was batting .276. Since then, he’s been hitting better and is currently batting .318. In particular, he’s been on fire in July, batting .417 with 20 hits in 11 games.

Yoshida is on pace to become just the third Japanese hitter ever to reach triple digits in the major leagues. Ichiro Suzuki, who played for the Seattle Mariners, batted in the triple digits for 10 consecutive seasons starting in his rookie year. He was followed by Hideki Matsui, who played for the New York Yankees, who hit .305 in the 2005 season. It will be interesting to see if Yoshida can join them.