Confirmed COVID-19 → Home run-home run-home run upon return… Home run king’s 3G consecutive ‘super power’
Yomiuri Giants’ fourth batter Kazuma Okamoto (27) hit a home run in three consecutive games. As soon as he returned after taking a 4-day break due to being diagnosed with COVID-19, he showed off his power by hitting home runs in 3 consecutive games.
Okamoto started as first baseman No. 4 in the game against the Yokohama Baystars held at Yokohama Stadium in Japan on the 3rd and performed well with 2 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 2 runs.
He hit a double to the left in the first inning with two outs and a runner on first base, creating a chance for second and third base. He scored with a timely hit by the follow-up hitter. Okamoto, who retired after striking out in the third inning, came out as the leadoff hitter in the fifth inning, trailing 5-7, and hit a solo home run over the left-field fence.메이저놀이터
With the ball count of 2 balls and 1 strike, he hit a fastball (147km) in the middle without missing and sent it flying over the fence. Yomiuri, who trailed by one point at 6-7 thanks to Okamoto’s home run, scored one run each in the 8th and 9th innings to achieve a come-from-behind victory.
Okamoto developed fever symptoms on the 27th of last month, and he was confirmed to have COVID-19 and rested until the 31st. Okamoto, who returned to the team before Yokohama on the 1st, has hit home runs in three consecutive games since before his return. 3rd home run in 3 consecutive games of the season.
In the three-game series, he recorded 6 hits in 12 at-bats (batting average of .500), 3 home runs, and 3 doubles, all of which were extra-base hits. He is showing off his ability to hit harder than before without any aftereffects from COVID-19.
Okamoto, who hit a home run in three consecutive games, is leading the team with 37 home runs this season. He is tied for second place with 25 home runs, ahead of Munetaka Murakami (Yakult) and Shugo Maki (Yokohama) by 12. With a little more than 20 games remaining, it seems likely that he will become the third individual home run champion unless there is an upset.
Okamoto won the Central League home run title for two consecutive years in 2020 (31 home runs) and 2021 (39 home runs). Okamoto, who has hit 30 home runs for six consecutive years, is looking to hit 40 home runs, which will break his personal record of 39 home runs.
In addition, Okamoto followed Maki (91), who ranked first in RBIs, by 5 points with 86 RBIs in the season. He is challenging for the second batting crown.