Choi Ji-man’s three-hit, two-run slugger team also won the game
Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays contributed to the team’s great victory.
Choi Ji-man started his third home game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 9th (Korea Standard Time), and struck out three hits, two runs, and two RBIs in five at-bats. His batting average for the season rose to 0.276.
The team won by a wide margin, 11–3. St. Louis recorded 33-22 and 32-25.
This is the third three-hit game of the season. It is the first time since his trip to Baltimore on May 23. He continued his hitting streak to eight games.
It was hot from the first at-bat. With one out and runners on second base, he hit a left-center double against his opponent’s starting pitcher, Packanerton, and scored an RBI. He then stepped home with a double from Randy Arozarena.
In the sixth inning, he made an infield hit after hitting a grounder over left-hander T.J. McFarland with no outs and runners on first and second. The initial decision showed that the shortstop’s throw was fast, but the video reading revealed that Choi Ji-man’s foot was faster, so the hit was recognized. The team, which continued the full base opportunity, ran away with two more points by tying Randy Arozarena’s ground ball in front of the pitcher and Vidal Broughan’s third baseman infield hit.
This was not the end. Choi Ji-man added one more point with a heavy hit in the seventh inning with two outs and runners on first and second bases, and stepped home with Arozarena’s hit in the ensuing two outs and runners on first and second bases 안전공원
Tampa Bay starter Corey Kluber allowed six hits, one home run, one walk, five strikeouts and three runs in five innings. With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, Tyler O’Neill allowed a timely two-run hit before coming down the mound. Jason Adam, who took the mound as a relief pitcher, blocked the inning without any additional runs to prevent the opponent from chasing.
St. Louis played hard as starter Nutton was substituted in 13 1/3 innings. Second pitcher Johann Oviedo was in charge of 22/3 innings, reducing bullpen consumption. In the eighth inning, catcher Yadier Molina threw the ball. He was the only St. Louis pitcher to pitch scoreless on the day