San Diego Padres eldest brother Nelson Cruz (43) played a big role and summoned the record of legendary Barry Bonds (59).
On the 10th (Korean time), Cruz started as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League Atlanta Braves game held at True Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On this day, Cruz harassed the opposing mound with hot blows throughout the game. At the top of the first inning, his first at-bat, with 2 outs and 1st base, he retired with a ground ball to 2nd base. After the warm-up, in the beginning of the 3rd inning, when the team was leading 1-0, with 1 company, 1st and 3rd bases, he attacked opponent starter Dylan Dot’s slider in the middle and hit a 3-run home run over the left fence to make it 4-0.
Continuing on, Cruz hit an RBI double from second base safely in the top of the 5th inning when the team was leading 5-0, completing an additional run to 6-0. In the top of the 6th inning when the team took an 8-1 lead, he hit 2 RBIs in a timely manner with one out and bases loaded. In the top of the ninth inning of the last at-bat, he stepped on first base with a sand ball as the lead batter. The final result was 4 at-bats, 3 hits (1 home run), 6 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He hit hard and played a major role in his team’s 10-2 victory.
Cruz signed a one-year, $1 million (approximately 1.2 billion won) free agent (free agent) contract with San Diego this season. He also has a relationship with general manager AJ Preller at the Texas Rangers from 2006 to 2013, but still has strengths such as the power to hit double-digit home runs and strong performances against left-handed pitchers.
As expected by the team, Cruz is showing outstanding performance this season. He appeared in 5 games and has a batting average of 0.350 (7 hits in 20 at-bats), 2 homers, 9 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.131. In particular, 4 of his 7 hits were long hits, proving his devastating power despite his age.
According to reporter Sarah Langs of the MLB.com official website, Cruise’s 6 RBIs (42 years, 282 days) on this day is the third oldest 6 RBI record in the big leagues after the 1920 RBI record. Cruise put his name behind legends such as Carlton Fist (43 years, 281 days) and Bones (42 years, 360 days). Looking at the history of the club, it is the second after Ricky Henderson (42 years and 283 days).
In an interview with ‘MLB.com’ after the game, Cruz said, “Today (10th) definitely showed our performance,” and “shows how deep we are as a team. Winning 3 times in 4 matches against Atlanta says a lot.” He expressed his feeling of victory.
Meanwhile,메이저놀이터 San Diego won three consecutive victories on this day, recording a season record of 6 wins and 4 losses, jointly leading the National League West Division. I wonder what kind of performance his eldest brother Cruise will show this year.