Bae Ji-hwan, a strong hit, ‘jumps’ to second place alone in stolen bases… Kim Ha-seong’s streak ends

Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had been substituted the previous day and withdrew due to a strikeout, made up for his disappointment.

Bae Ji-hwan started an away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Tampa Bay Rays held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 4th (Korean time), and made a big success with 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 steals in 3 at-bats.

His first multi-hit since the match against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 27th of last month, his batting average for the season rose from 0.242 to 0.262.

He also posted two stolen bases on the day, becoming sole second in the category. It is only one difference from leader Ronald Acuña Jr. (14).

Bae Ji-hwan, who walked out after two outs in his first at-bat at the bottom of the second inning, showed off an amazing bunt in his second at-bat at the bottom of the fourth.

In the ball count of 1-0, the pitcher bunted to a place where he could not catch it, and the ball rolled in front of the second baseman. In the meantime, Bae Ji-hwan leisurely arrived at first base.

After that, he stepped on third base with a stolen base and a wild throw, but the follow-up batter, Austin Hedges, struck out and failed to score.

He showed his advantage in the fourth at-bat as well. Bae Ji-hwan, who appeared as the lead batter in the top of the 7th inning, went to base with a left-handed hit, stole second base from first base with one out, and moved to third base when Ki Brian Hayes grounded. However, this time, Brian Reynolds’ ground ball did not result in a follow-up hit.ㅋㅋㅋ벳

However, the defense left an assignment. Bae Ji-hwan made a mistake by throwing 1st base at the bottom of the 5th inning when the team was trailing 1-3, leading to an additional run.

Pittsburgh, which remained silent after scoring the first run in the top of the 3rd inning, was defeated by Tampa Bay 1-8. Starting pitcher Mitch Keller suffered his first loss of the season with 5 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 5 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings. 

In the home game against the Cincinnati Reds, Kim Ha-seong, who started as the 7th batter and 3rd baseman, had no hits and 1 walk in 3 at-bats. The batting average for the season dropped slightly from 0.228 to 0.221, and the streak of hits in consecutive games stopped at ‘2’.

San Diego avenged the loss the previous day by beating Cincinnati 7-1. Starter Seth Lugo’s good pitching, who allowed 1 run in 6 innings, shone, and in the other line, Trent Grisham, who took the lead off, led the team to victory with 3 hits.


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