NC won 7-5 in an away game against Hanwha in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 22nd, winning four consecutive games, making its season record 41 wins, one draw and 38 losses. Martin, who started as the center fielder and the fourth batter, exploded two home runs, four RBIs, and two runs, becoming the main player in the team’s victory. Martin was responsible for both the first and last scores of the day. Martin took the lead in the top of the second inning and hit a 145km/h fastball from Hanwha starter Felix Peña to hit a solo home run over the right fence. Martin’s eighth homer of the season.
And in the top of the ninth inning, another decisive shot came out. With NC being dragged 4-5, with two outs and runners on first and third bases, Martin once again crossed the fence by targeting Hanwha closer Park Sang-won’s 134km/h forkball. NC, which overturned the score with this home run, kept its two-run lead and completed the victory. After the game, Martin said, “Overall, I was in good shape today. “I thought the out balls were good enough, so I continued to swing well without changing them,” he said. “The power analysis report said Park Sang-won threw a lot of forkballs, so I went in for a forkball, and I tried to hit the top of the strike zone as much as I could not follow the falling ball.”
Martin, who struggled in the early part of the season, has gradually recovered since June, and in July, he has continued to perform well with 14 hits (4 home runs), 14 RBIs, 6 runs, and a 0.341 batting average in 11 games. Martin said, “I think trying not to miss the mistake led to a good result,” adding, “I tried to adapt to the Korean pitching style, but now I think I’ve adjusted.”
He said, “There is also a slight high adjustment of the hand position, but rather, I think it was helpful to try to stay calm at-bat. “The most important thing was to believe in myself and concentrate every moment, and there was also a synergy effect by relying on the coaching staff and the players,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ronnie Dawson, a foreign hitter who was recently recruited by the Kiwoom Heroes, said that he had been advised by Martin about Korean baseball, and Martin said, “The most emphasized that Korean baseball is really great and cool,” adding, “I advised him not to lose confidence under any circumstances.”