Choi misses day after home run Oh Oh, strikes out three and goes hitless
(SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A day after hitting a home run, Choi Ji-Man, 32, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was stuck in the platoon system, a strategy that organizes the starting batting order based on the type of pitcher.
Choi missed the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 2023 Major League Baseball game at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, United States, on March 23.
The Angels started left-hander Reed Detmers on the mound.
The left-hander hit a home run against right-hander Shohei Ohtani in the 22nd, but was left out of the starting lineup on the 23rd, when the Angels used a left-handed starter, and did not appear as a pinch-hitter.
In 18 games this season, Choi is batting .186 (11-for-59) with five home runs and eight RBIs.
Pittsburgh won the game 3-0.
Ohtani, who doubles as a pitcher, started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and went 0-for-4 at the plate. He struck out three times.
It is the third time this season that Ohtani has struck out three times in a game.
Ohtani’s season batting average dropped slightly from .305 to .302 (111-for-368).
Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the top of the fifth when Conor Jo doubled and Brian Reynolds followed with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Carlos Santana followed with an RBI double to left field.
In the sixth inning, “Rookie” Andy Rodriguez hit his first big league home run (a solo shot).
Pittsburgh used “bullpen arm” Ryan Borucki as an “opener” to pitch a short inning, 스포츠토토 then turned to the bullpen to hold the Angels scoreless.