Hwang re­turns to Ma­jor League

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

In­fielder Hwang Jae-gyun is back with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants af­ter spend­ing six days in the mi­nor leagues.

The Gi­ants re­called Hwang from Triple-A Sacra­mento on Fri­day (lo­cal time), just six days af­ter op­tion­ing him to the minors. It was also Hwang’s 30th birth­day.

Hwang had to spend at least 10 days there un­less he was re­plac­ing an in­jured player.

The Gi­ants placed right-han­der Chris Strat­ton on the dis­abled list with a calf in­jury to make room for Hwang.

Hwang bat­ted sixth and played third base in his first game back, and made a quick im­pres­sion by driv­ing in a run and scor­ing an­other.

With the Gi­ants trail­ing 2-1 in the top sev­enth, Hwang bounced a sin­gle up the mid­dle to bring home the ty­ing run.

He came around to score the go-ahead run on a dou­ble by Nick Hund­ley, his slide just beat­ing the re­lay throw home.

He ended up 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Gi­ants added an­other run in the sev­enth to lead 4-2 but promptly gave up four runs in the bot­tom half of the sev­enth to lose 6-4.

Hwang, who bats right-handed, is also ex­pected to be in the lineup when the Dodgers send their South Korean left-han­der Ryu Hyun-jin to the mound Sun­day.

The Gi­ants will also face an­other south­paw, Rich Hill, in Satur­day’s game.

Hwang and Ryu both started their pro ca­reers in the Korea Base­ball Or­ga­ni­za­tion (KBO) be­fore mov­ing to the United States.

Hwang Jae-gyun

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