Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates contributed to the team’s victory.
On the 8th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan played as second baseman in No. 8 of the home opener against the Chicago White Sox at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and recorded 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 1 strikeout in 5 at-bats. His batting average for the season was 0.304.
It was the first time since his big league debut that he recorded three hits in one game. He contributed to two big innings in the 4th and 5th innings and contributed to the team’s 13-9 victory. Pittsburgh snapped a four-game winning streak with this win.
It was hot from the first at-bat in the second inning. He hit a strong ground ball with a batting speed of 100.3 miles toward second base against opposing starter Lucas Giolito from second out and second base.
Opponent second baseman Elvis Andrews threw himself, but the ball hit the glove and was deflected. It was enough for second base runner Conor Joe to come home. Bae Ji-hwan also ran to second base and made a double.
In the fourth inning, he came out as the lead batter and got caught off guard with a surprise bunt. It was a bunt ball that rolled exquisitely between the pitcher and first baseman, and Bae Ji-hwan slid head first to first base. First base umpire Mike Estabrook declared an out, but it was overturned to a safe through video review and the hit was recognized.
O’Neill Cruz hit a fly ball that fell behind the shortstop on the 1st and 3rd bases, and stepped on the home base. The next hitter, Brian Reynolds, hit a three-run homer over the middle fence to turn the score around 7-5.
He contributed to the attack again in the 5th inning when the score was tied 7-7. He hit a left-handed hit against pitcher Jake Dickman, who changed from 1st out to 2nd base. The second base runner could not come home, but Jason DeLay’s left-handed hit from 1 out 1 and 3 continued to lead 8-7.
Brian Reynolds sealed the game with a triple that wiped out the runner in the ensuing one run with bases loaded. In the process of relaying, a throwing error came out, so he stepped on the home directly and made it 12-7.
Reynolds made a big success, including a home run in the fourth inning, with 3 hits, 3 points and 6 RBIs in 5 at-bats. His 6 RBIs are his own career high-tying record. 안전놀이터
Pittsburgh hit pitcher Jesse Scholtens, who made his debut, in the 8th inning. From 1st, 1st and 3rd base, Connor Joe scored an RBI with a double that cut through the middle of the right.
Joe recorded 4 hits in the game that day, tying his record for most hits in a game recorded in the game on June 16, 2022, when he was in the Colorado Rockies.
Both teams’ starters struggled. Pittsburgh starter Rich Hill gave up 8 hits, 3 home runs, 1 strikeout and 7 runs in 4 innings, while White Sox starter Giolito allowed 7 runs with 12 hits, 2 home runs and 3 strikeouts in 4 innings.
Choi Ji-man, who was excluded from the start, kept the bench with Canan Smith and Nzigba.