Lee Jung-hoo started at first base and center field

Lee Jung-hoo (25-San Francisco Giants) started at first base and center field in the Giants’ Major League Baseball opener against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA.

Lee, who signed a six-year, $113 million contract with San Francisco ahead of the season, batted .343 (12-for-35) with one home run in 13 spring training games, adjusting to big-league pitching quickly.

Lee, the 27th Korean to make his major league debut, will face Japanese pitcher Darvish Yu. It’s been a year since they met at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) last March. Lee hit a double and a single to left field against Darvish.

Lee has been playing in the major leagues since 2012 and has a career record of 103-85 with a 358 ERA in 268 games. After going 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA in 2022, Darvish went 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA last year.

In his first at-bat, he was hit by a 94.9-mph (152.7-kilometer) four-seam fastball for an out, and in the third, after working a full count, he tried a six-pitch sinker that was driven straight to first base.

In her third at-bat, he singled.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, 안전놀이터 추천 he again worked a full count and took a sinker at the top of the strike zone. The ball landed in front of center field.

The joy of the hit was short-lived. The next batter tried to steal second and was thrown out at the plate.

He was charged with an RBI. In the top of the seventh inning, with runners on second and third, Yuki Matsui’s 148-kilometer high fastball was hit into center field for a double. The runner from third came home for his first major league RBI. San Francisco took the lead.

Meanwhile, Kim Ha-seong, San Diego’s No. 5 hitter and starting shortstop, also got a hit in his first game of the season. In his first at-bat, Kim flied out to right field, and in his second at-bat, he took a low sinker from Logan Webb for a double. In his third at-bat, he stole second base after reaching on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the seventh, he struck out.

The game ended in a 6-4 San Diego victory. Lee Jung-hoo’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh gave San Francisco a 3-2 lead, but San Diego scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. San Francisco got one back in the top of the ninth on a Michael Conforto home run, but no more runs were scored.

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