Truly a night to remember for rookies Park Byung-ho and Lee Dae-ho today.
(First up in the batters box, Lee Dae-ho’s pinch-hit 3 run shot.)
Lee Dae-ho (이대호), 33 years of age, just became the first ever Mariners rookie player in franchise history to hit a homerun in a pinch-hitting role twice in the same year (his first MLB pinch-hit was a walk-off homerun against the Texas Rangers back at Safeco Field of this year), this after hitting for Adam Lind in the 6th taking over there at first base. The slugging 1B/DH finished the game going 3 for 3 at the plate with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored, helped ignite a late inning rally with his team down by a large margin. The Mariners went on to win this one 16-13 against the Padres.
With Lee’s 3-hit game, Lee Dae-ho now raised his batting average to .301 in the year, now with 8 homeruns and 20 RBI’s this season. Lee has hit righties better this year having a BA AVG of .343 (12 for 35 with 4 homeruns) compared to lefties (which is just .271, with 4 homeruns, going 13 for 48).
(Second batter up, it’s Park Byung-ho, going 3 for 3 in the game.)
Park’s double to centerfield, first hit of the game.
Park’s single to left-center, second hit of the game.
Park’s second double of the game to right, and his third hit.
The Twins won this game by a score of 6-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays… This is Park Byung-ho’s (박병호) first career 3-hit game playing in MLB, and all of his 3-hits in this game were blasted in different directions. With this 3-hit game, Park raised his average to .226 (35 for 155) in the year, with 9 homers (second in the team) and 18 RBI’s.
No homeruns hit by Park here but, this still needs a song.