It has become a meaningful day for Korean major leaguers. Major League (MLB) Pittsburgh Pirates, Choi Ji-man and Bae Ji-hwan, who are eating together, started side by side in the regular league game.
The two players all started in an away game against the Cincinnati Reds held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on the 3rd (Korean time먹튀검증). Choi Ji-man was the designated hitter and the 6th hitter, and Bae Ji-hwan was the 2nd baseman and the 8th hitter.
It is the first time that a Korean hitter started together in an MLB regular league game. It became a memorable day not only for the two players, but also for the Korean baseball world.
However, Choi Ji-man and Bae Ji-hwan were silent at the plate. Choi Ji-man recorded no hits in 4 at-bats, striking out 3, and Bae Ji-hwan recorded no hits in 3 at-bats, striking out 1, respectively.
In his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, Choi struck out looking for right-hander Graham Ashcraft, who came out as a starting pitcher for Cincinnati. He fought tenaciously until the full count, but bowed his head.
In the top of the 4th inning, he struck out looking for the second at-bat with one out and one base. In the top of the 7th inning, he struck out again as the lead batter, and in the top of the 9th, which was his last at-bat of the day, he sent a batted ball to the outfield, but was dismissed with a fly ball from center fielder.
Bae Ji-hwan also struck out on a swing in the first at-bat in the top of the 3rd inning, grounded to 2nd base in the top of the 5th inning, grounded to 2nd base in the 1st base in the top of the 5th inning, and grounded to the shortstop from 2nd out and 1st base in the top of the 7th inning, respectively.
Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average for the season fell to 20% (2 hits in 10 at-bats), and Choi Ji-man failed to report his first hit after the season began. Pittsburgh also lost 1-3 to Cincinnati that day.