Bae Ji-hwan (24) and his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, met the right person. Recently, he met with the most popular American League (AL) eastern division teams and showed an urgent appearance to draw 1 point, and fell into a slump together.
Pittsburgh lost 1-10 to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2023 Major League home game held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 8th (Korean time). As a result, Pittsburgh, which was the first to reach the 20-win height in the National League, fell into a 7-game losing streak after that, jeopardizing the top spot in the Central District.
In particular, it was a big deal against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League East Division during the losing streak. This season, all five teams in the Eastern Division of the American League recorded a win rate of over 50% and are called the strongest. Pittsburgh, which had a relatively smooth schedule, met with the American League East Division team and had a dizzying experience, scoring 1.17 points and allowing 6.17 runs per game.
On this day, he was completely pushed in all pitches. Pittsburgh starter Roancie Contreras collapsed with 9 hits (1 home run), 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 5 runs in 5 innings. The last pitcher, Chase de Jong, gave up 5 runs only in the bottom of the ninth inning and finally completed a double-digit run. The other line did not explode intensively. The total number of hits came out smoothly with 8 hits, including multi-hits by Kibrian Hayes and Jason DeLay, but only one point was scored by Carlos Santana’s timely hit to the left field in the 8th inning.
The sluggishness of Bae Ji-hwan, who returned from a left ankle injury, continued. Bae Ji-hwan, who came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 7th inning, had already touched Garcia’s first pitch curve and retreated with a ground ball to the shortstop. In the last at-bat in the ninth inning, he swung at Nate Pearson’s 98 mph high fastball and struck out 1 in 2 at-bats.
As a result, Bae Ji-hwan, who recorded no hits in three consecutive games, slightly decreased his season batting average from 0.244 to 0.239. Not only that, but in the last 7 games, the batting average is 0.176 (3 hits in 17 at-bats), on-base percentage is 0.263, and sluggishness continues with 4 stolen bases.
Toronto took the lead by creating a chance to load bases from the first inning. With one out in the first inning, Bo Bisset’s hit, Dalton Basho’s double, and Brandon Belt’s walk filled all bases, and Whit Merrifield scored the first run with an infield hit.메이저놀이터
In the 3rd inning, Merrifield hit a left-handed three-run on 1st and 2nd base, bringing the mood. In the 5th inning, Matt Chapman and Belt’s doubles made it safe, and Danny Jansen’s ground ball added 1 run at second and third base.
In the ninth inning, Basho excelled at second base with two outs, Jansen’s timely one RBI hit to right field from second out and first base, and Kevin Kiermeier’s superior two-run four poured in to score double digits.
In Toronto, Belt made a big success with 4 at-bats, 3 hits and 1 walk, and 5 other batters showed off their firepower with multi-hits. Starter Yusei Kikuchi achieved his 5th win of the season with 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs in 6⅓ innings.