Hwang Jae-gyun on Cloud Nine After Dream MLB Debut

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    June 30, 2017 11:02

    Hwang Jae-gyun reacts as he runs a lap of the diamond after hitting a homer in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

    Hwang Jae-gyun of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday achieved what none of the more than 20 Korean players who reached the big leagues ahead of him managed to do: hit a home run on debut -- and a tie-breaking one at that.

    Hwang's MLB career got off to a dream start as he swatted in the go-ahead run to help the San Francisco Giants to victory over the Colorado Rockies in a home game.

    The teams were tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hwang, who played at third base and batted fifth, hit a solo homer off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland.

    Hwang's teammates mobbed him with a shower of helmet slaps as he returned to the dugout. The go-ahead homer set up a 5-3 win for the Giants. "It has been my longtime dream to play in MLB. I realized that dream today. It doesn’t feel real that I hit a home run," Hwang said.

    In what Giants staff described as the perfect MLB debut, Hwang went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. While it is too early to speculate on whether he has a promising future with the Giants, it seems likely he will get another chance to play. Manager Bruce Bochy said Hwang would travel with the team for a game in Pittsburg, adding that the Giants may keep him in the position even after starting third baseman Eduardo Nunez returns from injury. 

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