Tommy Edman, who played in the first game wearing the Taegeuk mark, showed off a series of hobi worthy of his reputation as the best defender in the big leagues. ‘Preliminary big leaguer’ Lee Jung-hoo also stood out.
Edmund, who had been focusing on practicing in accordance with the rule that major leaguers can only play in official games, started the hobi show in the first inning of his first game wearing the national team uniform.
He moved to second base due to his opponent’s hit and run strategy, and when a slow ground ball came between bases 1 and 2, he followed it with great speed and made an out.
In the second inning, he blocked a run with better defense.
He slipped and caught a hit ball toward center field, then put the batter runner out with an accurate throw.
The Big League Gold Glove winner’s skills were proven in just one game.
[Edman / WBC national team infielder: He played 9 innings for the first time on the national team, and it was a good time to adapt to the game. The batting wasn’t good today, but it will get better in the future.] Lee
Jung-hoo, a reserve big leaguer who is challenging the major leagues after this season, also flew.
In the 2nd inning, he caught a hit to the right-middle side and caught a batter runner running up to 2nd base with a powerful throw, and in the 3rd inning, he hit to the left like a bullet and in the 9th to the right, he was the only player in the national team to record multiple hits.
[Lee Jeong-hoo/WBC national team outfielder: I plan to hit the plate like that to make a lot of in-play hits without striking out.]
Ohtani, a Japanese star, is performing unbelievably in his first game after joining the national team.
In the middle of the 3rd inning of Hanshin’s evaluation match that is currently underway, he drew a super-large stone dot arch that went over the fence, and in the 5th inning, he hit a home run in the middle of consecutive batting, making the Japanese fans who filled the Kyocera Dome go crazy.