Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan (23) lowered his head, showing poor performance in both offense and defense.
On the 23rd (Korean time)메이저놀이터, Bae Ji-hwan started as the center fielder in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On defense, he also made his third mistake this season.
In the bottom of the second inning with a 1-0 lead, Bae Ji-hwan touched a low fastball from opposing right-hander starter Luis Sesa in the bottom of the second inning and withdrew due to a foul fly by shortstop.
He failed to hit accurately in his second at-bat as well. He hit the first ball at the second out and third base opportunity at the end of the 4th inning with a 2-0 lead, but also returned with a foul fly on the first base side.
In the 7th inning, as the lead batter, he struck out three pitches after turning the bat to the changeup of Alex Young, the opposing team’s left-hander bullpen.
Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average for the season fell from 0.228 to 0.217 (13 hits in 60 at-bats).
He also played poorly on defense.
In the top of the 5th inning, while attempting to deal with Stuart Fairchild’s heavy hit in the defense with 1 out and 1 base, he threw the ball behind and provided an excuse for a run.
On this day, Pittsburgh won 2-1 despite the sluggishness of Bae Ji-hwan and won 6 in a row.
It’s been 4 years and 9 months since July 2018 that Pittsburgh has won six games in a row.
Pittsburgh starting pitcher, veteran Rich Hill (43), pitched well with 6 hits, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts and 1 run in 5 innings, winning his 2nd win (2nd loss) of the season.