Ji-Man Choi (Pittsburgh Pirates) took advantage of a long-awaited opportunity to hit a home run.
Ji-Man Choi hit a three-run home run to lead Pittsburgh to victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday (July 27) at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series.
Choi started the game at first base, batting fourth. It was his first time in the starting lineup in five games since hitting a home run off Shohei Ohtani for the Los Angeles Angels on May 22. In the three-game series against San Diego, he missed Game 1 and was a pinch-hitter in Game 2.
San Diego’s Kim Ha-seong also started in the leadoff spot and batted second, making it a true matchup of Korean major leaguers.
Choi responded to Kim’s performance with a home run of his own
Choi Ji-Man showed his home run prowess from the first at-bat. With the score tied at 0-0 in the top of the second inning, Choi took a 149-kilometer per hour sinker from starter Seth Lugo and smashed his sixth home run of the season over the right-center field fence.
In his third at-bat in the top of the seventh inning, Choi hit a big shot to the right field wall, but San Diego right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. made a leaping catch just in front of the fence to steal the hit.
As the official Major League Baseball website put it, “Tatis Jr. robbed Choi of a home run.” It was a good hit by Choi and a good catch by Tatis Jr.
Choi came up to bat again in the top of the ninth inning and grounded out to third base, finishing 1-for-4 with one home run and one RBI. Her season batting average increased slightly from .183 to .188 (12-for-64). Behind Choi’s home run, Pittsburgh won 3-2.
Choi, who had to watch Kim go multi-homer in Game 1 and multi-hit in Game 2, had the last laugh in Game 3.
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After being sidelined for nearly three months with an Achilles’ tendon injury in April, Choi returned to the major leagues this month and has hit four home runs in his first eight games. He’s also been hitting for the long ball, with six of his 12 hits this season going for extra bases.
With Pittsburgh’s “platoon system,” in which left-handed hitters are selected based on the opposing starter, Choi has been dropped from the starting lineup when a left-handed starter is on the mound. Despite his limited opportunities, Choi has made his presence felt with his home run arsenal.온라인카지노
Even though the team lost, Kim Ha-seong had a great game. He went 1-for-3 with one hit, one walk, and one run scored in the leadoff spot. His season batting average increased slightly from 0.272 to 0.273 (326-for-89).
In the bottom of the third inning, after leading off with a walk and Manny Machado singled, Kim made a bold “storming run” from first base to home plate, drawing a raucous cheer from the San Diego home crowd.