‘Formula of double’ through two days in a row, batting average 0.254↑ with 3 hits and 3 stolen bases
Most infield grounders survive to first base. Once you step on the base, you advance to the 2nd and 3rd base like your home room. The opponent’s defense falters and gives up hits to subsequent batters.
Bae Ji-hwan 먹튀검증(24), a utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League, proved his true worth by performing very well for two days in a row. He drove in 3 hits and raised his season batting average to the mid-20s, and also added 3 stolen bases to move up to 2nd overall in the major leagues.
Bae Ji-hwan started as the 8th hitter and second baseman in the game against the Los Angeles (LA) Dodgers held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, USA on the 27th (Korean time), and played an active role with 3 hits, 1 RBI, and 2 runs in 4 at-bats.
Bae Ji-hwan, who withdrew after striking out in his first at-bat, started his second at-bat in the bottom of the 5th inning. In the midst of a 0-0 match, he started as the lead batter and connected right-hander Phil Bickford’s 149.5 km/h first pitch with a heavy hit. Soon after stealing second base, he tied a sacrifice bunt and a follow-up hitter to score the first run in the game.
In the 6th inning, with 1 out and 2 base, he went to bat once again and hit the first pitch again, completing a multi-hit for two days in a row. He slid the backdoor slider of switched pitcher Justin Bruil, piercing a wide 3-gap.
The RBI was misfired, but Bae Ji-hwan’s feet shone once again. He attempted to steal the base again in the subsequent Jason Delay at-bat, but Bruil, conscious of this, was in a hurry and failed to handle the ground ball properly, allowing an extra run. Bae Ji-hwan, who leisurely entered second base, immediately stole third base.
In the 7th inning, he recorded an infield hit with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base. While the third baseman gave up catching Bae Ji-hwan and threw the ball to second base, the runner on second base dug home. This time, Bae Ji-hwan stepped on second base with a double steal and even scored.
Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average for the season jumped to 0.254 after adding 3 hits through a game-like play. He finished the season 8-10 in one day and jumped to second place in the major leagues in terms of stolen bases. The first place is Ronald Acuña Jr. (13) of the Atlanta Braves, a representative of the big leagues.
Pittsburgh, where starting pitcher Lonzi Contreras pitched 6 scoreless innings, won 8-1 against the Dodgers thanks to the explosive power of the bottom line. In addition to Bae Ji-hwan, who was placed in the 8th batting order, Rodolfo Castro (2 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored) and No. 9 Jason DeLay (3 hits in 3 at-bats, 3 RBIs) swung hard hits.
The confrontation between the two teams on this day attracted local attention in a different way. This is because Pittsburgh infielder Drew Magee (34) made his big league debut after waiting for 1155 games in 13 seasons after being nominated in the 2010 draft. Although the result was a strikeout, the crowd happily applauded.
Maggie became the ninth oldest big leaguer to debut since 1961. However, players who entered the professional life late in the league outside the United States are an exception.