Correspondent Kim Woo-jong of Star News | 2023.05.28 11:42
Bae Ji-hwan (24) of the Pittsburgh Pirates managed to steal his 15th base this season. However, while defending, he made a painful throwing error and bowed his head. In the second half of the game, when the lefty pitcher took the mound in relief, he was replaced by a pinch hitter and finished his duties for the day. Bae Ji-hwan started as the 7th hitter and second baseman in the 2023 MLB home game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 28th (Korea time), 2 at-bats, 1 at- at bat , 1 no hit After recording a hit ball and a stolen base, he was replaced by a pinch hitter in the 7th inning. Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average for the season dropped slightly from 0.271 to 0.269.
In the top of the second inning, the team trailed 0-3. While both batters had struck out before, Bae Ji-hwan took his first at-bat. Seattle’s starting pitcher is the team’s ace, Luis Castillo. Bae Ji-hwan missed the bat on the first hit four-game fastball (156.5km), and then chose the 2nd pitch to the body four-game fastball (157.7km). and the third pitch. This time, the four-seam fastball was heading towards the body, but it hit the outside of Bae Ji-hwan’s right thigh. I pulled my butt back, but it was a fastball that reached 155.6km so there was little chance of avoidance.
It seemed unintentional. After throwing the ball that hit his body, Castillo turned his head back and expressed regret. There were no provocative gestures. Bae Ji-hwan stepped out of the batter’s box with his blond hair on for a moment, then walked to first base with a brush. The next batter is Palacios.
It must have been a big shock with the ball fitting his body, but Bae Ji-hwan showed his fighting spirit. He looked for an opportunity to steal the base without abandoning. And with a 1-1 ball count, he managed to steal second base. At this point, the opposing catcher’s throw fell into the outfield and ran to third base. Bae Ji-hwan’s 15th stolen base this season. It was the first steal recorded in 16 games since the Toronto Blue Jays game on the 6th. With this steal, Bae Ji-hwan jumped into second place alone in the stolen base category in the National League following Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves, 22 steals). However, Palacios was retired with a fly ball to second baseman and failed to score.
Bae Ji-hwan took his second at-bat as the leadoff batter in the top of the 5th inning. After swinging the first pitch, he swung the bat at the second pitch, but pulled back with a ground ball to second base. He ran with all his might, but he was out of the way. Bae Ji-hwan’s fatal throwing error came in the 6th inning. Seattle’s offense in the bottom of the 6th inning with Pittsburgh trailing 0-4. Bullpen pitcher Jastrijny led off Musa’s 1st base Colton Wong ground ball to 3rd base. At this time, third baseman Hayes threw to Fae Ji-hwan, who ran to second base, and got a count out. After that, Bae Ji-hwan stepped on the base, took a step forward, twisted his body, and sprayed the ball toward first base. However, the throw bounced back once, and in the meantime, the batter Wong’s runner went to second base. This was Bae Ji-hwan’s 7th mistake this season. Fortunately, the next two batters struck out and did not result in a run.
Subsequent strikeout in the 7th inning. Leadoff hitter Swinsky got on base with an infield hit. Bae Ji-hwan’s batting order came after the first company. But at this point, Pittsburgh coach Derek Shelton made a decision. Bae Ji-hwan was withdrawn and substitute Rodolfo Castro was put in. Seattle pitcher Gabe Spire, who came out of the 7th inning, seemed to be considering the fact that he is a left-handed pitcher. However, after Castro was retired with a fly ball in right field, the following hitter struck out McCutchen on a swing and failed to score.
On this day, Pittsburgh faced a difficult situation by giving up only 3 runs in the first inning. Leading batsman Crawford and consecutive French doubles led the scoring, and after two shots, Suarez hit right center and Hernandez hit left at the right time (3-0). the right time in left center in the first and second base opportunity created by France’s walk (4-0) Suarez ended up hitting a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning with 1 out and 3 bases to seal the game . (5 -0))
On the other hand, Pittsburgh lost 0-5 after only two hits, Macano and Swinsky. Pittsburgh finished second in the National League Central Division with a record of 26 wins and 25 losses. Seattle is 27-25, 4th in the American League West.
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