Los Angeles Angels’ Ji-Man Choi homers twice against the A’s

Janice Hong, Aug. 5, 2016, 12:12 p.m.

Although the Los Angeles Angels lost 8-6 against the Oakland Athletics, left fielder Ji-man Choi of the Angels hits two homeruns at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim on Thursday, August 4th. This was the 25-year-old player’s first multi-hit game in the MLB and finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs and improved his batting average to .182.

Choi became the second South Korean player this season to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats after Seattle Mariners’ Dae-ho Lee did so against the Texas Rangers in June and the Athletics in May.

Batting fifth and playing left field, he launched a solo shot off the Athletics’ starter Jesse Hahn in the bottom second, tying the score 1-1. It was his first home run since July 23 against the Houston Astros. His second home run took place at the bottom third with two men on the base. Choi launched another long ball to right field and gave the angels a 5-2 cushion.

Choi almost made his third home run at the fifth inning, but the Athletics’ left fielder Coco Crisp made a leaping catch at the wall. Tied at 6-6, Choi made his final plate appearance in the ninth inning with Andrelton Simmons on first with one out. He grounded into a force out and was caught stealing seconds later. The Angels ultimately fell to the Athletics’ 8-6 in extra innings.

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