Choi Ji-man (31) and Bae Ji-hwan (23) of the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first Korean batters to start together. However, they both recorded no hits.
Choi Ji-man started as the designated hitter number 6 in the match against the Cincinnati Reds held at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 3rd (Korean time). Bae Ji-hwan batted 8 times as second baseman. It is the first time that two Korean big leaguers are in the starting lineup together as fielders on the same team.
However, both of them ended up with no hits. Choi Ji-man had no hits in 4 at-bats with 3 strikeouts, and Bae Ji-hwan had no hits in 3 at-bats with 1 strikeout. Choi Ji-man struck out looking for right-hander Graham Ashcraft in the second and fourth innings. In the seventh inning, he came on as the leadoff batter, but struck out on a swing. In the ninth, he threw a fly ball to center fielder. Bae Ji-hwan also had only one strikeout and two grounders. 토토사이트
Choi Ji-man failed to get his first hit of the season again following the match against Cincinnati on the 2nd (no hit in 1 at-bat). Bae Ji-hwan, who recorded 2 hits in 3 at-bats in the opening game, also recorded a batting average of 0.200 (2 hits in 10 at-bats) for the season while remaining silent for two days in a row. Pittsburgh lost to Cincinnati 1-3.
Ha-seong Kim of the San Diego Padres also stopped his streak of hits. In a home game against the Colorado Rockies held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, Ha-seong Kim started as a second baseman with a 6th batter and recorded no hits and 1 walk in 2 at-bats. The streak of three consecutive hits since the opening ended. His batting average for the season was lowered to 0.444 (4 hits in 9 at-bats). San Diego won 3-1 and went 2-2.