Cincinnati Reds outfielder Choo Shin-soo, front, is greeted at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning of their game in Cincinnati, Tuesday. / AP-Yonhap
By Kim Young-jin
Choo Shin-soo's train into the hearts of Cincinnati Reds fans appears to have found its express gear.
Choo hit two homeruns against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati, Tuesday, including a two-out, walk-off blast off elite closer Craig Kimbrel that sealed the Reds' thrilling 5-4 victory.
The homeruns, Choo's sixth and seventh of the season, were the latest exploit in his fine first season with the Reds after seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians of the American League.
In addition to showing more power this year, Choo is posting a batting average of .333 and a gaudy on-base percentage of .465.
The game-winning shot came after the previous batter, Devin Mesoraco, homered off a full-count pitch from Kimbrel. Choo blasted a pitch to deep left center for his second walk-off homerun and eighth multiple homerun game in the majors.
Atlanta led early on. A first-inning rally, capped by a bases-loaded single by Brian McCann, left the Braves up 3-0.
Atlanta starter Kris Medlin limited the Reds to four hits in seven innings ― but one of those was a homerun to Choo in the bottom of the third that got Cincinnati on the board.
The Braves got that one back in the top of the fifth on a single by Freddie Freeman. But in the bottom frame, Donald Lutz's single cut the lead to 4-2.
In the eighth, Zach Cozart got on base with an infield single and moved to third on a single by Joey Votto. Brandon Phillip's sacrifice fly brought him home, setting up back-to-back homeruns in the ninth.