Choi Ji-man, silent for 3 games in a row… Team retains 2nd place in WC with 5-3 win

Choi Ji-man (left) congratulates a teammate coming home after hitting a home run

[AP=연합뉴스]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Im Soon-hyeon = Choi Ji-man (31, Tampa Bay Rays) was quiet for three consecutive games without a hit and suffered the ignominy of being substituted out.

Choi Ji-man appeared as the designated hitter in the 2022 MLB home game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA on the 19th (Korea time) and remained hitless in two at-bats.

Choi’s season batting average dropped slightly from 0.228 to 0.227 (74 hits in 326 at-bats).

Choi Ji-man, who was retired on a ground ball at third base in the first inning of the second inning, did not record a hit as the batted ball flew to right center field in the fourth inning.

In the end, Choi Ji-man was a substitute for Wander Franco in the 6th inning 2nd to 1st and 2nd base scoring opportunity and finished the game.

Franco sent the runner to third with an infield hit, giving Tampa Bay one more run to score.

Tampa Bay won 5–3 and finished second in the American League Wild Card with a record of 82–64.

Catcher Christian Betancourt, who played for the NC Dinos in Korean professional baseball, led the team to victory with 3 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs in 4 at-bats, including a tying run in the 2nd inning.

hyun@yna.co.kr

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