‘Korean big leaguer’ Rob Refsnyder (Boston Red Sox) played the role of the solution.
Refsnyder participated as the third batter and left fielder in the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the Texas Rangers held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA on the 19th (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs, and 1 strikeout.
Boston, who was swept in a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, needed a turnaround and faced Texas, which was aiming to advance to the American League wild card.
Boston got off to a bad start. After one out in the top of the first inning, Rafael Devers hit a single, but Refsnyder recorded a double play. Afterwards, in the bottom of the first inning, they allowed a one-run home run to Marcus Semien and were taken to Texas.스포츠토토
In the top of the 4th inning, Refsnyder came to the plate with a scoring opportunity. Leadoff hitter Devers hit a single and then successfully stole base, reaching second base with no outs. However, Les Snider struck out and there was no follow-up hit to tie the game.
Boston tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. After Trevor Story retired with a fly ball to right field, Bobby Dalbec hit a double. Then, the balance was balanced by Luis Urias’ RBI single and timely double.
However, Texas regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Leadoff hitter Evan Carter hit a triple and Semien hit a timely hit with an RBI. Scored easily.
However, Boston succeeded in coming back in the top of the 8th inning. With a walk by Urias, a double by Connor Wong, and a strikeout by Sedan Raffaella, the runners were on second and third base with one out. At the plate was Devers, who won the ‘American League Player of the Week’ award. Texas’ choice was 4 automatic intentional balls. He chose to compete with Refsnyder. However, Refsnyder hit a comebacker and hit a timely double with an RBI. Then, Adam Duvall’s sacrifice fly RBI came out, and Boston came back up 4-2.
Afterwards, Boston closed the 8th and 9th innings without allowing any runs and succeeded in escaping their 4th straight loss.
After the game, Refsnyder said, “I understand (omitting Devers),” and added, “He’s the best player on our team. He was one of the few players today who had a hit against (Texas starting pitcher) Jordan Montgomery. Before that, I “I had a terrible at-bat, so I was lucky that the ball went out into the outfield. It felt really good, to be honest.”
Meanwhile, Texas suffered a come-from-behind loss to Boston and fell into a four-game losing streak. They are tied for third place in the wild card with the Seattle Mariners with 82 wins and 68 losses. The second place wild card is Ryu Hyun-jin’s team, the Toronto Blue Jays. With 83 wins and 67 losses, they are ahead of Seattle and Texas by one game.