Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates) hit his first major league hit in 2023 after three games.
On the 4th (Korean time), Choi Ji-man started as the designated hitter in the visiting game against the Boston Red Sox held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts안전놀이터, USA, and scored 1 hit in 3 at-bats and reported the first run of the season.
Choi Ji-man, who was silent with no hits in 5 at-bats in the previous two games, produced a hit in his first at-bat that day.
In the first inning, Choi Ji-man, who faced Boston right-hander Cooper Crawford with one company and first base, attacked the 143km/h cutter and hit the left-hander.
The ball flew high, but Boston third baseman Rafael Devers couldn’t figure out where the ball fell, so it became a lucky hit.
Choi Ji-man also scored by stepping on the home base when Kanaan Smith-Eunjiba’s left-field double hit.
However, he failed to achieve multiple hits (two or more hits in one game).
In the second inning, he looked at Crawford’s 152 km/h fastball and struck out looking, and in the fourth inning, he returned the bat to a changeup and struck out with a miss.
In the top of the 7th inning, Choi Ji-man’s at bat was pinch hitter Andrew McCutcheon.
Choi Ji-man’s season batting average, which had been 0 so far, became 0.125 (1 hit in 8 at-bats).
Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh) was absent that day.
Pittsburgh won 7-6 thanks to the performance of Brian Reynolds, who went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, including 2 homers.
Boston’s Japanese hitter Masataka Yoshida hit a two-run four that went over the left wall in the first inning. It was Yoshida’s first major league home run.