Bae Ji-hwan, who was promoted to ‘top hitter’, stole 2 bases, but lost to Pittsburgh Houston

Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates caught two walks, but could not prevent the team from losing.

Pittsburgh lost 0-7 in the 2023 Major League Baseball match held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, USA on the 13th (Korean time).

Bae Ji-hwan started as the first hitter and shortstop. He watched his team lose, going 0-for-2 with 2 walks and 1 stolen base. Choi Ji-man was absent. Bae Ji-hwan’s season batting average dropped slightly from 0.239 to 0.242.

Bae Ji-hwan, who started as a top hitter, faced Houston starter Hos Urquidi in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning.

Bae Ji-hwan attempted a surprise bunt on the first pitch, but it was a foul. He failed to react to a curveball that came into the 2-pitch strike zone. He was driven to an unfavorable count of 2 strikes. Bae Ji-hwan struck out on a 5-pitch curveball.

Bae Ji-hwan took his second at-bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning, trailing 0-1, with no runners out and 2 out.

Bae Ji-hwan was also driven to 2 strikes and 1 ball this time. He picked off back-to-back curveballs and changeup manoeuvres. Bae Ji-hwan walked to first base as the one-bound ball hit on the 6th pitch.

Bae Ji-hwan succeeded in stealing second base from Brian Reynolds at-bat. Bae Ji-hwan’s stolen base faded as Reynolds withdrew with a floating ball to third base.

The third at-bat in the top of the 6th inning was greeted as the lead batter. With the score trailing 0-2, they desperately needed to get on base.

Bae Ji-hwan’s batted ball passed the shortstop’s height and went to an ambiguous place. The left fielder, shortstop, and third baseman ran toward one spot. Left fielder Cory Jerks jumped and caught Bae Ji-hwan’s batted ball. It was a fine play. From Bae Ji-hwan’s point of view, it was as if a hit had been stolen.

Bae Ji-hwan’s play did not lead to a score as Reynolds got a fly ball to center fielder and Andrew McCutchen got a fly ball to right field in second out and second base.

Houston, who maintained a close 2-0 lead,안전놀이터 eventually pulled a key point. After adding 3 points in the top of the 7th inning, 2 points were added in the top of the 8th.

Bae Ji-hwan walked again in the 8th inning with no runners on base. On second out and first base, Reynolds hit and collected runners. It seemed like a last chance. However, McCutchen struck out with two outs on first and second base and swallowed his regret.

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