CHICAGO (Kyodo) — Seiya Suzuki put on a run at three straight at-bats on Saturday as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0.
The former Hiroshima carp slugger, who played right field and batted sixth, hit a victim fly to right on the last of three carries in the first inning at Wrigley Field. His flare down the middle led to another run in the third run before drawing a base-laden walk in the fourth.
Suzuki, the biggest name to come out of Japan in the offseason, had his first major hit on opening day when he went 1-on-2. He struck with his last two at-bats on Saturday to win 3-1 in his second big-league game. The Cubs have won both games so far.
“I wanted to swing in every way that I like. I did the least I was asked to do (with the sac fly). I wanted to get a real swing on it,” he said. “The team wins, so of course I’m enjoying it.”
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo continued to start the season strong, winning 4-2 with two RBIs during the Orlando Pirates’ 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tsutsugo hit clean and rode to the top of the first with a no-out, base-loaded sac fly in the game’s opening run and broke a 1-1 tie with an opposing singles left in the third, again ahead of former Yomiuri Giant Miles Mikolas.
Tsutsugo also had a similar hit with his fourth at-bat, batting .571 after going 2-on-3 on opening day.
“It would be best if I land a hit there,” he said of his chance on his first at-bat. “I don’t force myself to get a swing. Hopefully I can make subtle adjustments and get myself in even better shape.”