Hanwha’s foreign-born batsman Nick Williams, 30, is all smiles.
Williams started in left field, batting seventh, against Kiwoom at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on April 26. He had a “multi-hit” two-RBI performance against Kiwoom the day before and continued his good form in the game.
Trailing 0-1 in the top of the second inning, Williams took a four-pitch curveball up the middle from Kiwoom starter Ian McKinney for a two-run shot. It was his second in 11 games since hitting one against Daegu on March 30.
He didn’t get another hit in his next at-bat, but he drew a leadoff walk in the top of the 10th to set the stage for a 5-4 comeback win. Williams hit a hard grounder to shortstop against Kiwoom’s reliever Kim Dong-hyuk, but a throwing error by the defense opened the door for the offense. Chung Eun-won then singled and Lee Jin-young walked to load the bases, and Noh Si-hwan drew a wild pitch that allowed Williams, who was on third base, to score the game-winning run.
Williams, who started the season as a replacement for Brian O’Grady, is batting .200 with a .580 on-base percentage (OPS) in 14 games for Hanwha, including this one. While that’s less than expected, it’s encouraging to see that he’s produced hits in four straight games in the second half of the season, raising the possibility of a rebound.
“I feel like I’m adjusting to the new league,” Williams said after the game, “especially the fastballs in the KBO are a little different from other leagues in terms of velocity, but I’m definitely feeling more comfortable at the plate now.”
Williams, who has been nicknamed “Happy,” always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude, said there were times when he felt discouraged because he wasn’t contributing to the team at the plate. “Hitting can be stressful, but not so much that it affects me personally,” he says, but he admits to feeling frustrated when he can’t do what he needs to do for the team.
Although the teams are different, the heartfelt advice from the foreign batsmen playing in Korea has also helped him keep his impatience in check. “My best friend Austin Dean (LG), Jason Martin (NC), Anthony Alford (KT), Edison Russell (Kiwoom), and so many others talked about their own struggles in spring training and the beginning of the season, and told me that if I adjusted to the league, I would eventually perform well,” Williams explained.카지노사이트
As Williams adjusts to the league, he’s taking the process of identifying problems at the plate and making changes one step at a time. “Just like black doesn’t suddenly turn to white if you make small changes, I think it’s just a matter of adjusting to the league and getting better with the changes,” he said.