‘On base in 5 consecutive games’ Lee Jeong-hoo, multi-hit in front of Ohtani – Seoul Newspaper VRESP

2 hits in 5 at-bats… The batting average is .300
The team lost 3-8… Ohtani, final RBI

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Jeong-hoo Lee of the San Francisco Giants catches Will Smith’s batted ball in the 7th inning in the 2024 Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 2nd (Korean time). Los Angeles AP Yonhap News

Jeong-hoo Lee (26) of the San Francisco Giants, who made an impressive debut in Major League Baseball (MLB), recorded multiple hits in a match against Shohei Ohtani (30, LA Dodgers), the man worth $700 million (approximately KRW 946.6 billion).

Lee Jung-hoo started as the first hitter and center fielder in the 2024 MLB away game against the Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on the 2nd (Korean time) and recorded 2 hits in 5 at-bats. Lee Jung-hoo, who recorded his second multi-hit this season, raised his season batting average from 0.286 to 0.316 (6 hits in 19 at-bats). He also succeeded in getting on base in five consecutive games.

In this game, which attracted attention as it was his first meeting with superstar Ohtani, Lee Jung-hoo continued his hitting streak from the top of the first inning. He pushed Dodgers starter James Paxton’s 152 km/h outside fastball and hit a left-field hit. Lee Jeong-hoo, who retired with a ground ball to second base in the top of the third inning, hit Paxton’s 150 km/h fastball at first base with no outs in the top of the fifth inning and resulted in a heavy hit. It was an opportunity with no outs on first and second base, but the follow-up batter recorded a double play and failed to score. Lee Jeong-hoo had additional opportunities to hit in the 7th and 9th innings, but retired with a bad hit.

Unlike the offense that recorded multiple hits, the defense showed a disappointing performance. In the bottom of the first inning, Jeong-hoo Lee was chasing lead hitter Mookie Betts’ ball in defense, but was unable to catch it and collided with the fence, causing Betts to land on third base. Although it was not recorded as an error, the follow-up batter, Ohtani, called in Betts with a ground ball to second base, resulting in a run. Ohtani called in a runner in a crisis created by Lee Jeong-hoo’s unfortunate mistake, which ultimately became the winning point. San Francisco lost 3-8.

Ohtani, who had 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run, and 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats, had a batting average of 0.267, but contributed to the Dodgers’ victory with his nutritious performance. Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers during the last Stove League, breaking the record for the largest contract in the history of the four major U.S. professional sports.

Even though this day’s game was an away game for San Francisco, Korean fans were seen enthusiastically cheering for Lee Jeong-hoo, who was on the road.

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