It was truly a one-man show in offense and defense. Bae Ji-hwan (24)’s performance stood out in helping his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, turn a 0-9 loss into a 13-12 victory.아톰카지노
Bae Ji-hwan started as number 8 and second baseman in the 2023 Major League (ML) away game against the Cincinnati Reds held at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on the 24th (Korean time) and went 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 3 RBIs, 1 run, and 1 walk. recorded. He failed to steal one base, but hit in three straight games, raising his batting average from .237 to .241.
Pittsburgh won four straight games in a historic upset that will remain in the club’s history, and maintained fourth place in the National League Central Division with 74 wins and 81 losses. According to Sarah Lang, a major league statistical analyst, it was the first time since Pittsburgh was founded in 1882 that it came back from a 9-point deficit to win. Since joining the National League in 1887, four comeback wins by 8 points were the best record.
Pittsburgh’s victory seemed unlikely as starter Bailey Falter collapsed in two innings, allowing 8 runs, 9 hits (3 home runs), 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 1 strikeout. Kyle Nicholas, who took the mound next, put out the fire by allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run in 2 innings, but the loss was deep as the score was 0:9 until the 3rd inning.
Bae Ji-hwan only got on base with a strike and no out in his first at-bat in the third inning, and his early performance was quiet. In the 4th inning, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Alfonso Rivas made up for it with a timely hit with an RBI single to left, and Bae Ji-hwan got on base with a walk, but the follow-up hit was missed and the spark of the chase was extinguished for now.
However, the counterattack began in the 6th inning. After back-to-back hits by Jarrett Triolo and Endy Rodriguez, Cincinnati starter Connor Phillips was replaced by Alex Young. Rivas’ ground ball put the team on second and third base with one out, and Bae Ji-hwan pulled the trigger on the chase with a timely hit with an RBI single to right. It was a technical hit made by well coping with a low curve of 81.8 miles per hour. The game began to heat up in earnest as Joshua Palacios hit a timely hit with an RBI single to right and Brian Reynolds hit a three-run run to right.
In the top of the 7th inning, when trailing 6-9, Pittsburgh finally brought the game back to square one. Jack Swinski’s single, Triolo’s double, and Andy Rodriguez’s walk put the bases loaded with no outs, and Rivas tied the score at 9-9 with a three-run, timely hit to the right-field wall against replaced pitcher Lucas Sims.
In the top of the 8th inning, with no outs on 1st and 2nd bases due to a ball hit by Reynolds and a hit by Brian Heizer, Swinski made it 10-9 with a timely hit with an RBI single to right. With Triolo on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and a single, Rivas hit another timely hit with an RBI, and Ji-Hwan Bae also added a timely hit with 2 RBIs that split the outfield in left-center, putting Pittsburgh ahead 13-9. At this time, Bae Ji-hwan was blocked while attempting to steal third base, and his 25th steal of the season was postponed until later.
Cincinnati also launched a counterattack. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with no outs on 1st and 3rd base, Nick Martini made up for one run with a ground ball. Bae Ji-hwan caught Martini’s batted ball and attempted a double play, but shortstop Alika Williams’ throw to first base was slightly late. Christian Encarnacion-Strad then made up for one more point with an RBI single in the middle of the game, and Pittsburgh continued to trail, 13-11.
However, Bae Ji-hwan’s fantastic defense broke Cincinnati’s will to chase. Bae Ji-hwan caught Tyler Stephenson’s batted ball with a sliding catch on first and second base with one out and one out, then stood up again, stepped on second base, and threw it to first base, completing a double play. The local broadcaster did not spare praise, saying, “Nice play.”
Even in the bottom of the 9th inning, when Cincinnati had made up for one more run, Bae Ji-hwan calmly threw Jake Fraley’s grounder to first base from second and third base with no outs, resulting in the first out count. Afterwards, as Cincinnati’s batters retired with a hit, Pittsburgh was able to pull off a thrilling one-point lead of 13-12.
Aside from Bae Ji-hwan, Triolo created scoring opportunities with 4 hits and 3 runs in 5 at-bats, and Rivas played the role of the problem solver with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 5 RBIs and 1 run. Palacios and Swinski each added firepower to the team with multiple hits.