“Four-for-four? It’s not impossible”…’Five-hit’ Arajes takes a step closer to Williams

“A .400 batting average? It’s not impossible.”

Luis Arajuez (Miami Marlins) started at first base and went 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in the Miami Marlins’ 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

In the top of the first inning, Arajuez led off and drew an eight-pitch walk from Trevor Williams. Jorge Soler followed with a walk and scored on an RBI double by Jesus Sanchez.

Arajuez homered in his second at-bat of the inning with the score tied at 2-2. With two outs and runners on the corners, he took a fastball from Williams over the right field fence. It was his second home run of the season.

In the top of the fourth inning, Araez had another opportunity. With one out, Jacob Starlings walked and Jonathan Davis singled to put runners on first and second. Stepping up to the plate, Araez crushed a four-seam fastball from Williams for an RBI single to left field.

In both the seventh and ninth innings, Araez led off with a single, but couldn’t follow it up with a hit. But Miami held on for a 6-5 win over Washington behind Arajuez’s three RBIs.

Arajuez went 0-for-12 in a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners from April 13-15. His batting average dropped to .378. But he bounced back with five hits in the first game of the series against Washington, raising his average to .390.

Araúez is now on pace for a .400 batting average. The last player in the major leagues to hit .400 in regular-season at-bats was Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams last hit .406 in 1941.

According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, Araez said, “Baseball is hard. It’s hard to bat .406. But it’s not impossible. I want to get a hit every at-bat,” he said, adding, “Five for five. That’s beautiful.”메이저사이트

Arajuez led the American League in batting last season with the Minnesota Twins, hitting .316 with eight home runs, 49 RBIs, 88 runs scored and a .795 OPS in 173 at-bats. This season, he leads the National League in batting average. If Araúez wins the batting title, he will become the first player since 1900 to win back-to-back American League and National League batting titles.

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