San Diego Padres Choi Ji-man, who led the team’s 7-game winning streak by hitting the final RBI, expressed his disappointment at not being able to hit the first hit.
Ji-Man Choi appeared as a pinch hitter in the 7th inning in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Colorado Rockies held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 21st (Korean time) and recorded the final sacrifice fly.
With the score tied 2-2 and the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 7th inning, pinch hitter Choi Ji-man targeted right-hander Justin Lawrence’s 94.6 mph (approximately 152.2 km) sinker on the second pitch and hit a sharp ball that extended to the center of the outfield. However, he was caught by center fielder Brent Doyle’s glove and had to settle for a sacrifice fly RBI.
Ji-Man Choi wore a San Diego uniform through a trade on the 2nd of last month and is eating together with Ha-Seong Kim. However, after the transfer, he suffered from injuries including a sprained left rib and a bruised right instep, and was limited to playing in 10 games.
Ji-Man Choi has yet to have a hit since joining San Diego. He went 0-for-15 with 1 RBI, 7 walks, and 3 runs scored. On this day against Colorado, he produced a batted ball that was expected to be his first hit, but was blocked by the opposing defense.
Choi Ji-man said through the Associated Press, “Overall, I am very happy that the team won. However, it is a little disappointing that a good line drive hit was caught.”
San Diego, which won 3-2, enjoyed its seventh consecutive win. The season record was 75 wins and 78 losses, and the gap with the 3rd place Chicago Cubs in the National League wild card, which is the Maginot line for advancing to fall baseball, was reduced to 4.5 games. With 9 games remaining, San Diego is dreaming of a miracle.먹튀검증
Xander Bogaerts, who has recently been very active as a leadoff player, said in an interview with the Associated Press, “We are all happy with the way the season ended,” and added, “I am still hoping for a miracle. I will challenge until the end.”