Samsung Lions Jose Pirella (33) led the victory with a home run. Pirella cut off Samsung’s ‘cruelty of foreign batters’. He has been boasting of a good hitting feeling since the exhibition game.
Samsung won 6-5 in an exhibition game against Kiwoom Heroes held at Gocheok Sky Dome on the 23rd. Pirella, who played as the designated hitter No. 3, contributed to the victory by recording 2 hits, 1 home run and 2 RBIs in 3 at-bats. With this game, Pirella’s batting average in the demonstration game was 0.667.
Pirella has been accompanying Samsung for three years. Pirella, who first stepped on the KBO League stage in 2021, played an active role with his long hitting power and quick feet. Samsung has not had fun as a foreign hitter, but with the joining of Pirella, the ‘foreign hitter brutality’ was settled.
Pirella played in 281 games over the past two years, recording 350 hits, 57 homers, 206 RBIs, a batting average of 0.314, a slugging percentage of 0.531, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.922, leading the Samsung batting line.
The pace is good this year as well. He is currently recording 6 hits in a row against the LG Twins on the 16th. Pirella, who hit a home run against the Lotte Giants on the 21st and got a taste of it, drew an arch against Kiwoom on the 23rd, and started a home run for two consecutive games.
Pirella’s home run hit in the third inning. With the score trailing 1-5, lead batter Koo Ja-wook got on base with a left-handed double. Standing at bat on a safe second base chance, Pirella hit the left-handed two-run four. When opposing pitcher Kim Dong-hyuk’s 121km changeup came in high, he swung the bat with confidence. Samsung, with Pirella firing a signal of pursuit, succeeded in reversing in the 4th inning. won the victory
After the game, Pirella said,안전놀이터 “I swung while paying attention to the timing. Luckily, it led to a home run. I wasn’t conscious of long hits. Most of all, I’m happy that the team was able to continue winning streaks.”
He also expressed his determination to continue his performance in the exhibition game into the regular season. Pirella said, “I prepared a lot during the off-season and during the camp. I am more focused to continue the good results last season. I will prepare well until the start of the season.”