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Park Byung-ho hits 30th home run of season

Aug 10,2018
Park Byung-ho of the Nexen Heroes celebrates after hitting a solo home run during a game against the Kia Tigers at Gocheok Sky Dome, western Seoul, on Wednesday. [ILGAN SPORTS]
Park Byung-ho of the Nexen Heores hit his 30th home run of the season during a game against the Kia Tigers at Gocheok Sky Dome in western Seoul on Wednesday.

While the Heroes were losing 0-2 to the Tigers, Park, who was assigned as the Heroes’ cleanup hitter, hit a solo home run over the left fence against the Tigers’ starter Im Gi-yeong. Park’s home run was the start of the Heroes’ scoring for the day, as they took six more runs throughout the game to win 7-6 against the Tigers.

With a home run, Park became the second player in KBO history to hit 30 home runs or more in a single season for five straight seasons. Former Samsung Lions infielder Lee Seung-yuop is the only player to have achieved this record. Lee managed to hit 30 or more home runs for seven straight seasons, from 1997 to 2003.

From 2012 to 2015 season, Park topped the league in home runs. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Park exceeded 30 home runs, hitting 52 and 53 per season.

Park played for the Minnesota Twins in the MLB in 2016 and 2017.

After 81 games, Park has a batting average of .331, 30 home runs and 81 RBIs.

BY KIM WON, KANG YOO-RIM [kang.yoorim@joongang.co.kr]