Twins’ Park Byung-ho notches his first two-hit game

March 9, 2016

By The Korea Times Los Angeles staff

Minnesota Twins’ Korean slugger Park Byung-ho just keeps on rolling along. No, he did not hit a home run for the third straight game, but he got two hits in a game for the first time in the U.S.

Park singled twice Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Grapefruit League action in Florida to raise his preseason batting average to .313 (5 for 16). After getting just one hit in first eight at-bats, Park has pounded four hits in his next eight at-bats, including two home runs.

The 29-year-old power hitter got called out on strikes in the first inning against the 21-year-old right-hander Zach Eflin. But he singled against another young righty Jake Thompson to lead off the fourth and took second on a throwing error by third baseman Maikel Franco. He got doubled off when Eddie Rosario hit a liner right back to the pitcher, but came back to add another single in the sixth inning against the same pitcher.

The Twins lost 4-2 to fall to 4-4 for the spring, and the Phillies won both of the split-squad games to improve to 7-3.