Bae Ji-hwan (24) of the Pittsburgh Pirates led the way in winning the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) opener with multiple hits, 2 steals and 2 runs.
In the first game of the season against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on the 31st, Bae Ji-hwan started as second baseman and hitter number 8, recording 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 2 steals in 3 at-bats. The Pirates won 5-4 thanks to the performance of Bae Ji-hwan.
Bae Ji-hwan had a hit from the first at-bat. At the start of the second inning, when the team was behind 0-1, with no runners, they had to compete against Hunter Green’s 162km/h fastball to make a hit.
In the second at-bat in the 4th inning, he hit a double, then managed to steal third base, followed by a bases-loaded walk, and scored.
Bae Ji-hwan stepped in as the leadoff batter in the 8th inning with the score at 4-4, pitched, and managed to steal one more base. After that, he scored the final score on a sacrifice fly.