Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jack Swinsky (25) stood shoulder to shoulder with ‘San Francisco legend’ Barry Bonds.안전놀이터
On the 30th (Korean time) in the San Francisco away game held at Oracle Park, California, USA, Swinsky started as center fielder with the 4th hitter and scored 2 hits (2 homers) in 4 at-bats, scoring 2 runs and 2 RBIs. The team lost 4-14, but played a role in the center of the batting line.
On this day, Swinsky hit two home runs, all of which were so-called ‘splash hits’ that fell into the right outfield MacCoby Bay. Oracle Park’s trademark is that when a home run is hit in Maccobie Bay, people on yachts pick up the ball. However, since it is such a difficult pitch to hit a home run, there are not many splash hits. In particular, the number of people who hit both home runs in one day with only MacCoby alone can be counted on one hand.
MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball (MLB), said, “Swinsky became the only player other than Bonds to hit a home run to McCovie twice in one game.” Suwa Heathcliff Slocum, on May 18, 2002 against the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins), had achieved this record twice against Brad Penny and Vic Darensburg.
MacCobie Bay, home of the San Francisco Giants. When a home run hits this way, people on yachts gather to pick up the batted ball. Getty Images
ESPN, an American sports channel, said, “There were a total of 155 splash hits in the regular season and postseason.” As a San Francisco player, he is recording a total of 99 this year, including two by Lamont Wade Jr. and Brandon Crawford.’
Oracle Park opened in 2000 under the name Pacific Bell Park. Bones, who retired in 2007, has a total of 35 splash hits, including issues 1 to 9, and puts his name at the forefront of this category. Last year, Bryson Stott (Philadelphia Phillies) was the only away player to hit a splash hit. As for Korean players, Choi Hee-seop (then Florida) in April 2004 and Choo Shin-soo (then Texas Rangers) in August 2020 have splash hit experiences. The 6th and 50th respectively in the away player’s total.
Meanwhile, Swinsky is a second-year outfielder who debuted in the big leagues last year. In his first season, he exploded 19 of his home runs and stood out in extra-base hits. His batting average is 0.202. This season is no different. His batting average in 45 games is low at 0.239. However, he has already hit 11 home runs and his slugging percentage reaches 0.521. Even at Oracle Park, which is notorious for hitters, he turned the bat without hesitation.