Yoshitomo Tsutsugo gets his first home run of the season with the victory of Pirates

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo scored his first home run of the year, a two-point shot, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates win 8-5 over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

The center-left high sprint came in the Pirates’ first four-point inning of their nightcap doubleheader, after a 9-2 defeat in the opening of the National League Central clash at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

Bryan Reynolds put the Pirates on the board with a solo homer and Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled up to chase right-footed Dauri Moreta (0-1).

With two out, Tsutsugo sniffed a fastball before detonating a 1-2 high heater from rescuer Phillip Diehl, sending him into the stands at 118 meters.

“I was breaking away, doing the things I could without panicking, so I had a feeling home runs were starting to come,” Tsutsugo said.

Tsutsugo, who led Japan’s Central League home runs in 2016 for Yokohama DeNA BayStars, went 1 in 4 with a walk. He has drawn a walk in his he only appearance at the plate as a pinch hitter in the opening.

At Wrigley Field, Seiya Suzuki went 1 for 3 with a walk in the Chicago Cubs 7-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then went 1 for 4 in the nightcap doubleheader, a 6-2 defeat. Later, he expressed some frustration with his poor form.

“In the final accounting, I got hits, but they weren’t feeling well and the at-bats weren’t that good,” Suzuki said. “I have to do a few different things. Ideally, I’d just get good swings and adapt from there. “

At Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-3 defeat to the Washington Nationals.

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