Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh), who wielded three hits the previous day, bowed his head today. He reported a hit and the sense of hitting continued, but there was a sense of regret in running base.
Bae Ji-hwan started as second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 21st (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit and 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats.
He maintained a 0.254 batting average despite hitting in three straight games. More worrying than that was the failure to steal.
Three-game hitting streak, but…Bae Ji-hwan stepped back with a ground ball to the second baseman in the bottom of the second inning when the score was 0-1, with no runners out. After the team succeeded in turning around 3-1, he went on base with a clean heavy hit in the fourth inning.
However, he was out after trying to steal second base when the next batter, Josh Palacios, was at bat. The opposing catcher had already expected the base to be stolen, sat down, took out the ball quickly, threw it to second base, and caught Bae Ji-hwan with ease.스포츠토토
Bae Ji-hwan had only one failure while stealing 11 bases until April. The local media also focused on the positive influence of Bae Ji-hwan’s active base play on the team, saying, “Bae Ji-hwan’s play style is perfect for the new era Pittsburgh.”
Praise for ‘Lightning’ Bae Ji-hwan… Now it’s a matter of concernHowever, in May, the atmosphere completely changed. In 15 games in May, he had only three successful steals but four missed bases. Rather, he had more failures. His last stolen base was against the Toronto Blue Jays in the last 6. There is no success in stealing bases for nearly 15 days.
After two outs in the 6th inning, he left fielder with a fly ball, and after the team was reversed 3-4, he stepped out with a looking strikeout on first base in the 9th inning without a hit. Bae Ji-hwan’s failure to steal the base after losing by 1 point left more regret. This is because he has cut off his pulse in a situation where he could have continued his opportunity.
Pittsburgh continued its lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, but Robert Stevenson gave up a two-run homer to Arizona’s Pavin Smith in the seventh inning and allowed a 3-4 comeback, and the atmosphere was not turned around after that.
It was fortunate that Milwaukee also lost side by side on the same day and maintained a joint lead in the National League (NL) Central District with 24 wins and 20 losses.