SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) — Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins blasted two home runs against the Cleveland Indians on the road Friday (local time).
The South Korean slugger ended a four-game hitless drought for his first two-homer game in the majors. He leads the Twins and all American League rookies with nine long balls this season.
Batting fifth as a designated hitter at Progressive Field, Park led off the top second with a solo shot off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin. It put the Twins up 2-0.
The Indians tied things up with a pair of runs in the bottom second, but with a man at first and one out in the top third, Park launched his second home run off Tomlin to give the Twins a 4-2 advantage. It was Park’s first home run of the season with a man aboard and it gave Park 15 RBIs for the season.
Three of Park’s nine home runs have come against Tomlin, who’d earlier given up a solo shot to the South Korean on April 27.
Park is the third South Korean to enjoy a multi-homer game in 2016, after Lee Dae-ho of the Seattle Mariners, who had two homers against the Oakland Athletics last Wednesday, and Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit two against the St. Louis Cardinals last Friday.
The game was tied at 4-4 through seven innings.
Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins (R) celebrates with Oswaldo Arcia after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin during their Major League Baseball game in Cleveland on May 13, 2016. (Yonhap)