Pittsburgh Pirates Kang Jung Ho and Texas Ranger Choo Shin Soo Enjoy 3 Hits Each; Homerun
luvsmiling, May 17, 2015, 2:23 p.m.
Two South Korean players both enjoyed three-hit games on a productive day Saturday, local time in Major League Baseball (MLB). Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates went 3-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs on the road. In the American League, Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers hit his sixth home run of the season as part of a 3-for-5 night against the Cleveland Indians.
Batting fifth for the second straight day, Kang had two singles and a double, along with a steal against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, raising his batting average to .299. The Pirates lost to the Cubs 4-1. This was Kang's second career three-hit game. His first also came against the Cubs at Wrigley last month.
The big league rookie was 0-for-6 on Friday as the Pirates fell 11-10 in 12 innings but wasted little time getting back on track in this one. He hit a single off Cubs starter Jon Lester in his first at-bat in the second inning, and then got his second hit in the fourth, again off Lester. He swiped his second bag of the season but was stranded there as Corey Hart and Sean Rodriguez both struck out.
Kang grounded out to third in the sixth but launched a double off reliever Brian Schlitter in the eighth to cap off a successful night at the plate. Kang is batting .270 this month with two homers and three RBIs. He has had multiple hits in five of his 12 games in May. The Pirates dropped their fourth straight game to fall to 17-20 in 2015. At Globe Life Park in Arlington, Choo led off the game with a triple off Danny Salazar for his first three-bagger of the season.
In his second time up in the third, Choo took Salazar over the right center field for his sixth homer of 2015 and fifth in May. Choo hit a bunt single in the eighth and came up a double shy of a cycle. The Rangers lost 10-8 for their third straight defeat, which dropped them to 15-22 this year. Choo had his hitting streak snapped at 14 games Friday but came back with a vengeance against his former team. After batting a meager .096 in April, Choo is batting .362 (25-for-69) in May with five homers and 12 RBIs. He leads all MLB players with 14 extra-base hits this month.