Nick Williams of the Hanwha Eagles, who celebrated his birthday, had the best day by leading the team to victory with two home runs, including the final home run.메이저놀이터
Hanwha won 6-5 in an away game against Kiwoom in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 8th, and went on to win three times in a row. With a season record of 47 wins, 6 draws, and 62 losses, they pushed out the Samsung Lions (50 wins, 1 draw, and 67 losses) and jumped to 8th place. Williams, who was born on September 8, 1993, and whose birthday was that day, returned to the starting lineup after 13 days as the number 2 designated hitter and performed well with 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.
Williams, who was kicked out by a fly ball to center field in his first at-bat against Kiwoom starter Kim Seon-ki, hit a 130 km/h slub on Kim Seon-ki’s second pitch in the top of the fourth inning when the team was down 0-2 and had no runners on base, creating a solo home run that flew over the right wall. . Williams’ 5th home run of the season, which came in 13 games since the Changwon NC game on August 15.
After that, he was silent in the next two at-bats, but when it mattered most, he hit a decisive blow. In the top of the 12th inning, with the score tied at 5-5, with no runners on base and two outs, Kiwoom’s 8th pitcher Park Seung-joo’s 143 km/h fastball hit and arched toward the right wall once again. Hanwha, who took the lead with Williams’ home run, was able to close the bottom of the 12th inning and end the long game with a win.
After the game, Williams said, “It’s a great night. I feel like I’m bursting with adrenaline. I don’t tend to show dramatic emotions in my professional life, but I couldn’t help but show my emotions today. I’m so happy that the team was able to win.” .
He said, “I think I live to create decisive moments like today. Of course, there is stress in important situations, but the fact that such a situation comes is a blessing in itself.” He added, “Even if I am not the starter, I always go into the game with a prepared mind. No matter what position I am in, I strive for victory. “I’m going to try my best,” he said.
Williams, who had also hit multiple home runs in the major leagues, said, “I hit two home runs in a game against the Cincinnati Reds, and my family was at the stadium that day. My son, wife, and father-in-law were at the baseball field today as well.” We delivered greater joy by being together.
Meanwhile, Hanwha fans also sang a happy birthday song during the game for Williams, who celebrated his birthday on this day. Williams, who heard this song, said, “It was a huge help,” and “In fact, more than cheering songs or congratulatory songs, the fans’ cheers themselves were more effective in the play. “It gives me an opportunity to focus and be active,” he said, thanking the fans for their support.