Doosan Bears foreign-born slugger Jose Rojas is on a roll.
Rojas went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, five RBIs and three runs scored against the Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on July 24.
After hitting a leadoff double in the first inning, Rojas sent runners to second and third with one out in the top of the fifth with the score tied at 4-4.
With the bases loaded in the seventh inning with a 7-4 lead, he hit a wedge to deep right-center field.
One hit shy of a cycling hit (both a single and a home run in the same game), fans chanting “double” echoed through Gocheok Dome in the ninth inning.
Rojas swung hard at a pitch with runners on first and second, but was unable to get it to fly out to center field. The game ended with an 8-6 victory.
“I was definitely aware of (the cycling hit),” Rojas said after the game, “but I wanted to get a hit, and I was disappointed with the fly.”
When asked what he was thinking when the ball went high, he laughed and said, “I thought we still had enough runs to win.”
Rojas, who was acquired at the end of last season, batted just .205 with a .701 OPS in 56 games from April through June, but has been on fire since July, hitting .298 with a .964 OPS in 32 games.
His batting average with runners in scoring position has also risen from .227 to .313 over the same period.
“First of all, I’m trying to be more aware of the game situation, whether there are runners on base or not,” Rojas said, “I used to have a tendency to swing big, but I’m trying to minimize that and just hit it hard.”
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop praised Rojas, saying, “Rojas was flying,” and added, “Although the record was unfortunately broken, it was a shining performance.” 파워볼사이트