Kang Jung Ho of Pittsburgh Pirates Hits 3 Run Homerun
luvsmiling, Aug. 10, 2015, 10:13 a.m.
South Korean infielder Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a three-run home run on U.S. national television, as the Bucs rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-6. Kang took Joel Peralta over the right field wall for his ninth home run of the season, part of the Pirates' nine-run seventh inning at PNC Park. The game was the featured Sunday Night Baseball showdown on ESPN.
Kang went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He was also hit twice. The National League Rookie of the Year for July is now batting .293 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. The Pirates, who were down 5-1 at one point, completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers at home and moved to 65-44, five games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead. The Pirates hold the top NL wild-card spot.
Kang grounded out in his first two times up against LA starter Alex Wood. Then in the fifth, Kang was hit by a pitch for the 14th time this season. With one out in the seventh and reliever Jim Johnson on the mound, Kang was nailed again. He came around to score on a single by Francisco Cervelli to make it 5-4 Dodgers.
The big rally was on. Neil Walker hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the tying run. The Pirates then loaded the bases with two outs, and Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Aramis Ramirez all hit singles, putting the Bucs up 9-5. Up for the second time in the seventh, Kang smacked the first pitch from the new pitcher Peralta for a three-run job that blew the game wide open. The Dodgers fought back with a run in the top of the eighth, but the Pirates answered with another run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the comfortable victory.