Rich Hill (43), a veteran starter of the Pittsburgh Pirates, put into practice the words, ‘I do my best in any situation’.
Hill started the home game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 5th (Korean time), recording 4 hits, 1 home run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 2/3 innings, leading the team to a 2-1 victory.
In a meeting with reporters after the game, he said, “Hedge (catcher Austin Hedges) did a really good job. The defense was good from behind, and the hitters also showed good batting. The bullpen has been really good the past few days, too,” he began the interview by praising his teammates.
“I really liked the feeling of the ball coming out of my hand. I was able to throw the ball as planned. He gave up a walk as his curveball came off, but he was able to adjust it right away in the game with the next hitter. He was able to finish the inning without a run by throwing a good ball in a situation where the runner was out,” he said about the secret to preventing runs even when the lead batter was sent out every inning from the 1st to the 4th inning.
Pittsburgh desperately needed a good start that day. There was a lot of bullpen consumption in the previous two games, and it was a game that started at 11:30 earlier than usual. And Hill showed what the team wanted.
Coach Derek Shelton said, “He was the perfect player for today’s situation.” “He is a veteran and knows how to prepare for a game in this situation,” he said. “He handled the unfamiliar situation well.
When asked about the secret to properly coping with the unfamiliar game time, Hill replied, “It seems obvious, but I am trying to maintain perfect condition in any situation and at any time.”
Having experienced 19 seasons in the major leagues as well as independent leagues, he stressed that he is doing his best regardless of the situation, saying, “Whether it’s raining or snowing, whether it’s spring camp or throwing at the practice field, I’m preparing with the same attitude.”
I did not forget to praise David Bednar,스포츠토토 the closer who recorded saves in 3 consecutive fights. Calling him “one of the best closers,” he said, “During my career, I had the opportunity to work with Hall of Fame closers like Kenley Jansen and Jonathan Papelbon. You see what you see in them. His ability to combine multiple pitches and throw them according to plan is really special. His career isn’t long yet, but you can see his confidence and confidence,” highly praised Bednar.