Choi Ji-man (San Diego Padres) scored his first RBI since the transfer.
San Diego appeared as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies in the 2023 Major League Baseball at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 21st (Korea Standard Time) and scored the winning run with a sacrifice fly.
San Diego made up the lineup in the order of Bogartz (striker), Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder), Juan Soto (left fielder), Manny Machado (designated hitter), Garrett Cooper (first baseman), Matthew Batten (second baseman), Brett Sullivan (catcher), Jose Asoka (center fielder), and Egui Rosario (third baseman). The starting pitcher is Seth Lugo.
Colorado, where Chase Anderson will start, is a lineup of Charlie Blackmon (designated hitter) – Brendan Rodgers (second baseman) – Nolan Jones (left fielder) – Chris Bryant (first baseman) – Ryan McMahon (third baseman) – Ezekiel Tobar (shortstop) – Sean Bouchard (right fielder) – Brenton Doyle (center fielder) – Austin Winx (captor).
Colorado scored first in the top of the first inning. With one out and no runner on base, Rogers hit Lugo’s 93.6 mph (approximately 150 km/h) four-seam fastball to the body and went over the left-center wall. Colorado’s offense did not stop. Jones had a hit. Bryant retired with a fly ball to right field, but McMahon’s single put the team on first and third base with two outs, and Tovar hit a timely hit with an RBI.
San Diego also counterattacked immediately. The goal was scored by Bogaerts’ foot. In the bottom of the first inning, leadoff hitter Bogaerts reached base with an infield hit by the first baseman. Then, during Tatis’ at-bat, he stole second base and advanced to third base due to catcher Wynce’s throwing error. Tatis retired with a fly ball to first base, but Soto scored an RBI with a ground ball to second base to make it 1-2.
But after that, the game entered a lull. Lugo blocked both the second and third innings with a three-way throw. In the fourth inning, he allowed a walk to leadoff hitter McMahon, but struck out both Tovar and Bouchard. He then caught Doyle with a fly ball to right field.
Lugo was in big trouble in the 5th inning. After striking out against the Wins, he walked Blackmon. He took a breather by hitting Rogers with a straight hit to shortstop, but allowed a double to Jones and was in danger of reaching second and third base. However, he overcame the crisis by striking out Bryant. Bryant protested the referee’s strikeout call and was eventually ejected.
Lugo started the top of the sixth inning with consecutive hits by McMahon and Tovar, but after catching Bouchard with a fly ball to center field, he induced Doyle to hit a grounder to shortstop, ending the inning with a double play.
San Diego reached base in every inning from the second to the fourth, but did not score. In the bottom of the second inning, leadoff hitter Cooper hit a single. However, Baton sent a ground ball in front of the shortstop and Cooper was out at second base. Afterwards, Batton attempted to steal base, but failed and the runner was deleted.
In the bottom of the third inning, with two outs and no runners, Bogaerts hit a double to create a scoring opportunity, but Tatis struck out. In the bottom of the 4th inning, leadoff hitter Soto reached base with a walk. However, Machado’s double play came out. Shortstop Tova’s defense was good. San Diego started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single by leadoff hitter Rosario, but was unable to capitalize on Bogaerts’ ground ball to third base and Tatis’ double play.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, San Diego had a decisive opportunity. Leadoff hitter Soto walked and got on base. After Machado retired with a fly ball to center field, Cooper’s single came out. Colorado dropped Anderson and brought up Justin Lawrence. Batton attempted a surprise bunt on Lawrence’s first pitch and reached first base. He had the bases loaded with one out. Then, pinch hitter Luis Campusano hit a timely hit with an RBI to tie the game.
San Diego once again pulled out the pinch hitter card. Choi Ji-man was brought in during Ahsoka’s at-bat. Choi Ji-man hit Lawrence’s second pitch sinker at 94.6 miles per hour (approximately 152 km/h). A well-hit ball extended behind center field. However, Doyle jumped and caught it on the warning track. However, in the meantime, pinch runner Trent Grisham tagged home and succeeded in a comeback.
Scott Barlow, who came on the mound in the top of the 8th inning, blocked the Colorado lineup with a three-way error. Then, closing pitcher Josh Hader, who came to the mound in the top of the 9th inning, started the game off with a single by leadoff batter Doyle. Next, pinch hitter Elias Diaz hit an advanced base hit. 1 out, 2nd base. Blackmon handled the pitcher’s ground ball. Meanwhile, Doyle advanced to third base. With 2 outs and runners on third base, Hader ended the game by hitting Rogers with a fly ball to right field.
Ji-Man Choi, who transferred from the Pittsburgh Pirates to San Diego at the trade deadline last August, has not been able to score his first hit in San Diego. In this day’s game, he made a good hit toward the center fence, but unfortunately, it was caught on the warning track. However, he succeeded in scoring his first RBI since the transfer. With Choi Ji-man’s winning hit, San Diego won 7 games in a row.
Lugo pitched well, allowing 2 runs (2 earned), 7 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, and striking out 7 in 6 innings. The winning pitcher was Luis Garcia, who took the mound in the top of the 7th inning. This is the second win this season. Hader, who had three straight fights, made 31 saves this season. Anderson, the Colorado starter, suffered his sixth loss of the season with 3 runs (2 earned), 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 6⅓ innings. He pitched well until the 6th inning and attempted to get his first win of the season, but collapsed in the 7th.
Ha-seong Kim missed four consecutive games due to ‘abdominal pain’. He was named to the bench, but did not play in the game. Bogaerts, who played as leadoff instead of Ha-seong Kim, recorded 3 hits and 1 run in 4 at-bats. Cooper also had multiple hits, and Soto and Campusano each had one RBI.