Tampa Bay’s two hits is Choi Ji-man’s home run
Choi Ji-man (31) of the Tampa Bay Rays in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) hit his fourth home run of the season.
Choi Ji-man started as the fourth designated hitter in a home game against the 2022 MLB New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 30th , and led the team to victory.
Choi Ji-man hit a home run against opposing right-hander Luis Severino in his first at-bat in the bottom of the second inning when Tampa Bay was trailing 0-1.
He hit a fastball of 154 kilometers per hour on a two-ball, one-strike and hit a solo shot slightly over the left fence.
It was the first home run in four games since the game against the Miami Marlins on the 25th.
Choi Ji-man got on base with a walk in the seventh inning with no outs and runners on first base, and scored with a ball hit by Mike Junino’s pushing body.
On the same day, Choi Ji-man played well with one hit, one walk, one RBI, and two runs in three at-bats, including a home run.
His batting average rose slightly from 0.258 to 0.260 (26 hits in 96 at-bats).
Tampa Bay had only two team hits along with Choi Ji-man’s home run, but he scored four runs with five walks and won 4-2.
Meanwhile, Kim Ha-sung (27) of the San Diego Padres and Park Hyo-joon (26) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are a year older and junior at Yatap High School, faced off on the MLB stage.
In a showdown between the two teams at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 30th, Kim Ha-sung hit one hit in four at-bats for two consecutive days.
Park Hyo-joon came out as a pinch hitter in extra time and was unfortunately out after rushing home during the opponent’s wild pitch. San Diego won 4–2.