If you brush it, it goes over. Colorado Rockies’ 4th hitter, CJ Cron (33), ruined the San Diego Padres’ home opener with two home runs.
On the 31st (Korean time스포츠토토), Cron started as a 4th hitter and first baseman in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ game against San Diego held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA.
Cron is the older brother of Kevin Cron (30), who played for SSG Landers last year, and is familiar to Korean baseball fans. His skills are also excellent. He boasts outstanding destructive power, recording double-digit home runs every year from the 2014 season to last year, except for 2020, which was a shortened season due to Corona 19. He is a big gun who hit 29 homers last year as well.
In the first at-bat, Cron withdrew empty-handed. At the beginning of the 3rd inning, he turned around with a bat hit by opponent starter Blake Snell’s changeup from second and third base safely. After warming up, Cron showed off his presence in earnest. At the beginning of the 5th inning, when the team was behind 1-2, with one out and 1st and 2nd base, he attacked the changed pitcher, Nabil Chrismat, and hit a 3-run home run over the left fence to give him a 4-2 lead.
Over and over, Cron’s bat produced results. This time, it was a cannon that went over the fence. In the top of the 7th inning, with the team leading 5-2, as the leading hitter, Domingo Tapia, who had changed pitcher, lifted up the first pitch sinker and fired a solo shot that went over the right fence. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with 2nd out and 1st base, he recorded the 3rd extra-base hit by knocking out a double that flowed along the left line.
Cron’s final score that day was 4 hits in 5 at-bats (2 homers), 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He played a significant role in the team’s 7-2 victory, setting the record for the third Opening Day multi-home run in team history.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, veterans such as Chris Bryant (31) and Charlie Blackman (37), in addition to Cron, energized the offense by wielding a 3-hit game. He finished the opening game with a perfect victory, hitting a total of 17 hits with all the starting pitchers.