Lee Jung-hoo Sets MLB Record for Longest Hitting Streak by South Korean Rookie

Giants rookie Lee Jung-hoo sets MLB rookie hitting streak record, homers in 7-3 win over Diamondbacks, showcasing Asian talent pipeline in baseball.

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Lee Jung-hoo Sets MLB Record for Longest Hitting Streak by South Korean Rookie

Lee Jung-hoo Sets MLB Record for Longest Hitting Streak by South Korean Rookie

San Francisco Giants rookie outfielder Lee Jung-hoo extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo home run and an RBI double in a 7-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Saturday. Lee's streak sets a new record for the longest hitting streak by a South Korean rookie in Major League Baseball history.

Lee went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the game. His solo home run in the first inning tied the score at 1-1 before the Giants took a 2-1 lead later in the frame. The home run was Lee's second of the season. His RBI double in the eighth inning added to the Giants' offensive production.

During his 11-game hitting streak, Lee is batting.349 with a.378 on-base percentage and.395 slugging percentage. He has collected two doubles, a home run, eight runs scored, one RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases over that span. The 11-game streak is the fourth-longest active hitting streak in MLB, trailing only Marcell Ozuna (17 games), Willson Contreras (13 games), and Amed Rosario (11 games).

Why this matters: Lee's record-setting performance highlights the growing impact and success of Asian players in Major League Baseball. His early achievements with the Giants showcase the international talent pipeline in the sport and the ability of rookies to make an immediate impression at the highest level.

Giants catcher Patrick Bailey also had a standout game, going 4-for-4 with a two-run home run that landed in McCovey Cove. Bailey's homer was the Giants' first Splash Hit of the season and broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. He finished with three RBIs to help lead the Giants to victory. The Giants had a season-high 16 hits in the game as they bounced back from a 17-1 loss to the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday.

Lee, 24, is now batting.289 with two home runs and seven RBIs through his first 20 MLB games. He ranks second on the Giants in batting average early in the 2024 season. "Lee has been a catalyst for our offense during this streak," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after the game. "His ability to hit for both average and power has been impressive. It's exciting to see a young player make such an immediate impact."

Key Takeaways

  • Giants rookie OF Lee Jung-hoo extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a new MLB record.
  • Lee hit a solo HR and an RBI double, driving in 2 runs in the Giants' 7-3 win.
  • Lee's 11-game streak is the 4th-longest active hitting streak in MLB this season.
  • Giants C Patrick Bailey hit a 2-run HR, his first Splash Hit of the season.
  • Lee is batting .289 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs in his first 20 MLB games.