Bae Ji-hwan, 24, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, tormented the New York Yankees on the mound with his vision and tenacity.
Bae went 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored in the second game of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three-game series against the New York Yankees at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday (July 17). The day before, a hard-hit pitch hit him in the face, and he had an error, but he was back in the lineup the next day and played a full game.
From his first at-bat, he was on fire. Down 0-3 in the first inning, Bae faced Yankees starter Luke Weber and swung at back-to-back four-seam fastballs, but drew four straight pitches in a 0B-2S count to reach base. He has reached base in his last two games. Two batters later, Brian Reynolds followed with a two-run double.
Down 2-3, he was silent with runners in scoring position in the second inning. Faced a favorable 3B-0S count, reversing his first at-bat, but struck out swinging on an 89.2 mph (143 km/h) curveball outside on a full count.
His third at-bat was also a walk. Down 3-4, he led off the fifth inning with a grounder to third base. He fouled off four pitches in a 2B-1S at-bat, but couldn’t get his timing right on a nine-pitch changeup up the middle. Third baseman Oswaldo Peraza made a leaping catch in left field.
There was no hit. Bae entered the game in the top of the eighth, trailing 3-6, and ended his at-bat with a grounder to second base against reliever Ian Hamilton.메이저놀이터
Bae’s batting average dropped from 2-for-4 to 2-for-9 on the season. Although he didn’t register a hit, he harassed the Yankees’ mound, seeing a whopping 27 balls in his four at-bats (6.8 per at-bat).
Pittsburgh, fourth in the National League Central, fell to the Yankees, 3-6, for its second straight loss. 69-80 on the season. Starter Luis L. Ortiz’s 4 ⅔ innings of four runs on six hits (one homer) with six walks and two strikeouts was the highlight. Ortiz suffered his fifth loss of the season (four wins).
Meanwhile, the fourth-place Yankees in the American League East have won three straight to clinch an early three-game series against Pittsburgh. They are 76-73 on the season. Giancarlo Stanton and Oswaldo Cabrera led the way with home runs to spark the winning streak.