Nick Martini, who played for the NC Dinos in the KBO League, swung a fire bat, but could not prevent the defeat of his team, the Cincinnati Reds.
On the 26th (Korean time), Martini started as the designated hitter in the away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Martini, who made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2018, is a familiar player to domestic fans. After going through San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs, he played an active part in the KBO League wearing an NC uniform in 2022. At that time, his performance also complied with a batting average of 0.296, 16 homers, 85 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 139 appearances.
Martini, who signed a minor contract with Cincinnati after last season and tried to return to the major leagues, was recently called up to the big leagues. On this day, he showed his true value by wielding a strong blow.
From the beginning of the game, Martini turned the bat fiercely. At the beginning of the 2nd inning, with no runners and no runners, he hit 8 pitches from right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Pot and drew a superior solo arch with a distance of 118m.스포츠토토
In the top of the 4th inning, Martini caught his breath with a left field fly and swung the bat sharply again in the top of the 6th. In the 2nd, 1st and 2nd bases, Arizona’s right-hander bullpen resource Bryce Jarvis hit the 7th pitch and exploded a 3-pointer that went over the right fence.
Afterwards, he got a walk in his last at-bat in the top of the ninth inning, and then finished the game with a score by stepping home on Will Benson’s base cap. The final result was 3 at-bats, 2 hits, 2 homers, 1 walk, 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
But despite his performance, Martini couldn’t help but smile. It is because his team, Cincinnati, fell to Arizona by a score of 8-10 after a slugfest. As a result, Cincinnati, who suffered two consecutive losses, took the 63rd loss (67 wins). Arizona, which has won 6 consecutive victories, is 68-61.