From surprise bunt to third base steal… Bae Ji-hwan stirs up the infield

Bae Ji-hwan (24), a utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League, once again ran all over the ground. On the 18th (Korean time), in the game against the Colorado Rockies held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, USA, Bae Ji-hwan came out as center fielder in the 8th position and made a big success with 1 hit in 4 at-bats (2 RBIs, 3 runs) and 1 steal. He led Pittsburgh to a 14-3 victory, shaking the opposing infield with his witty bat play and quick feet.

Bae Ji-hwan took 메이저사이트his first at-bat at the 1st and 3rd bases unscathed in the top of the 2nd inning with a 2-0 lead. He connected the third pitch of opposing pitcher Kyle Freeland, who had previously been shaken by walks, errors, and timely hits, with a surprise bunt. Freeland had a hard time getting the ball and threw it to catcher Elias Dias, but he couldn’t catch Rodolfo Castro running home. Bae Ji-hwan, who scored the first RBI with a sacrifice bunt, headed to second base when Austin Hedges’ follow-up hitter hit at the right time. Following this, he stole third base with his quick feet, and stepped home on a timely hit by key Brian Hayes.

Pittsburgh took the lead by scoring 6 runs only in the second inning. Bae Ji-hwan had another chance in the third inning. 1st and 3rd bases were made with right-handed hits by leading batters Castro and Marc Marcias. Bae Ji-hwan retreated with a shortstop grounder, but Castro came home and scored an RBI.

luck followed. Bae Ji-hwan hit a slow grounder on first base in the 5th inning, leading 9-1. However, third baseman Elefris Montero, who caught it, made a bad throw to first base and became safe. In the subsequent attack, he scored again by stepping home again during the follow-up hit.

Also, in the 6th inning when there were no runners out, he recorded an exquisite infield hit. The slow-rolling ball flowed along the 3rd base foul line and stepped on 1st base with ease. He struck out in his last at-bat in the 8th inning and retired. Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average this season was 0.220 (11 hits in 50 at-bats).

Meanwhile, San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong remained silent in the home game against the Atlanta Braves that day. He came out at second base six times and went 0-for-4. San Diego lost 0-2.

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