Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan is about to hit the regulation plate.
In the home game against the New York Mets held at PNC Park on the 12th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan started as second baseman 7 times and recorded 1 hit and 1 run in 4 at-bats. Pittsburgh, with Bae Ji-hwan’s final goal, won 2-1.
Pittsburgh, who finished the three-game series against the Mets with a winning series of 2 wins and 1 loss, took back 1st place in the NL Central Division with a record of 34 wins and 30 losses. The Milwaukee Brewers, who had been in first place until the previous day, lost 6-8 to the Oakland Athletics that day. The ride between the two teams is 0.5 games, and each game is on thin ice.
Bae Ji-hwan, who added 4 at-bats, took 193 at-bats this season, approaching the team’s 198 at-bats by a gap of 5. Ruled at bats are the number of games played by the team multiplied by 3.1, rounded to one decimal place.
If he starts, he usually gets 4 at-bats per game, so if Bae Ji-hwan starts in 5 consecutive games, he can fill the required at-bats of his dreams and rank in various rankings. As of this day, Bae Ji-hwan, who has a batting average of 0.270 (47 hits in 174 at-bats), 2 homers, 17 RBIs, 32 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.682, ranks second in the team behind Brian Reynolds (0.280) and 28th in the NL. He is first on the team in steals, tied for second in the NL, and third on the team in runs scored.
Since the regulation at bat tells the status of a team, it means a lot. Bae Ji-hwan played 27 games at second base, 17 games at center field, and 3 games at shortstop out of 47 starting games this season. It is safe to say that he is being treated as if he were a starter, even though it is a method of appointment that is close to utility.
Choo Shin-soo and Kim Ha-seong are the only Korean major leaguers who have filled the season at bat. Choo Shin-soo achieved 9 times and Kim Ha-seong achieved it once last year.
On this day, Bae Ji-hwan stepped on the groove with his quick feet.
It was in the fourth inning that Pittsburgh trailed 0-1. When the Mets took the lead with Jeff McNeil’s solo homer in the top of the fourth inning, Pittsburgh balanced the score with a superior solo homer by Jack Swinsky in the bottom of the fourth. Bae Ji-hwan, who was in the at-bat after one death, hit a right double and created a scoring position.
In the ball count 1B2S, Bae Ji-hwan, who pulled Mets starter Carlos Carrasco’s 4th pitch 87.9 mile low changeup and exploded a clean double that fell in the middle, advanced to third base with Carrasco’s wild throw in the next batter, Tuke Pita Macano at bat. Then, when Macano hit to the right, he went home with ease.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s leading hitter, Andrew McCutchen, achieved 2,000 hits in his personal career. McCutchen, who played as a leadoff, hit Carrasco’s 85.8 mph slider in the first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning and hit left-handed, becoming the 291st player in major league history and the 5th active player to reach 2,000 hits in his career.먹튀검증
When McCutchen reached first base, hundreds of fans at PNC Park gave him a standing ovation, and the Pittsburgh players as well as the Mets stood up to applaud and congratulate him. The jubilant scene with his wife Maria and her three children watching this from the stands was also caught on relay cameras.
McCutchen, who made his major league debut in Pittsburgh in 2009, became an MVP in 2013 and played an active part as a franchise player. He returned to Pittsburgh and finally became the main character of 2000 hits.