San Francisco, Calif. – Jae-Gyun Hwang, San Francisco Giants’ third baseman, scored his first home run to crush Colorado Rockies down at 5 against 3.
There is no bat flipping this time, though. Major League Baseball does not agree to flashy bat flips to celebrate a major league hit. Hwang was modest this time.
Jae-Gyun Hwang is a baseball favorite in South Korea because of his gaudy bat flips after every hit. Tonight, he just hit the ball, gave a high pose, and went for the home run. This home run gave the Giants their 5-3 victory, sweeping the Rockies in all three games.
Hwang is living his childhood dream in full swing. All he wanted was to set his feet on the AT&T Park. But as he passed by each inning, he said it felt like he was zoning in the game. He is the 17th Giant to hit a home run in his first major league game.
Hwang and the Giants started off with a lead with 3-2. The Rockies tied it on the sixth when Pat Valaika ran into the third base after a throwing error from Ty Blach. Valaika kissed the plate when Mike Tauchmann shared his first hit on the league.
Then Hwang happened. He batted 2-0 from a pitch from lefty Kyle Freeland, watched the ball fly, dropped the mic and ran.
The last time the Giants recorded a sweep was in May. They haven’t swept a complete season series until this game.
Giants gave Jae-Gyun Hwang his first traditional beer shower as soon as he reached the team’s dugout. He maybe considered a reserve in the next game since Eduardo Nuñez will be back in the team as the third baseman. Nuñez was on the disability list and will be back in action on Friday. But for now, Hwang is basking in his glory.