His batting average, which once hit 0.277 in the season, plummeted with silence for 10 consecutive games. Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates), who was expected to finish his second year of the big league season in such a disappointment, is flying up with new possibilities.
Bae Ji-hwan started as the first batter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 13th (Korea Standard Time) and recorded one hit and one strikeout in five at-bats.
His batting average fell slightly from 0.245 to 0.244 (71 hits in 291 Tusch), and his on-base percentage also fell slightly from 0.306 to 0.304, but his slugging percentage rose from 0.325 to 0.326. Above all, it was a game that could give a big score that he made seven consecutive hits beyond his previous record.
7 consecutive hits, good hitting, perfect defense play… “Bae Jihwan’s form is crazy.”
It didn’t start well. Bae Ji-hwan, who stepped down with a grounder to second base on a low curve by opposing starter Joan Adon in the top of the first inning, swung his bat at the change-up in the second inning, but likewise bowed his head to Bum-ta.
He recovered from his slump in defense. Bae Ji-hwan, who completed a double play with a quick first base throw after catching a tricky throw by third baseman Kibrian Hayes at first base with no outs in the top of the second inning, caught Alex Cole, who tried to steal with a clean catch and tag at first base with one out in the top of the third inning.
Bae Ji-hwan, who struck out in the bottom of the fourth inning due to Adon’s fast ball, left a great disappointment in the bottom of the fifth inning with no outs and a full base. The previous batters set the table with three hits and one walk, and after a seven-ball match with left-handed pitcher Robert Garcia, who changed with no outs and a full base with the team leading 3-1, he hit a grounder toward first base on a low slider outside. The ball headed home and the third baseman was out.
He reported a hit at the end of the game. Bae Ji-hwan faced Amos Willingham in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out and a runner on first base with the team leading 4-1. Bae Ji-hwan, who picked out the first and second pitches, pushed a four-seam fastball that was 94.5 miles (152.1 kilometers) high in the third pitch. The ball fell deep on the left line and easily crossed the fence. an acknowledged double. This increased his record of consecutive hits to seven games.
Bae Ji-hwan’s double made it to second and third base with one out, and Hayes’ sacrifice fly to center field made the third baseman home. Bae Ji-hwan headed to third base but failed to score due to a failure to follow-up.
Pittsburgh had a pleasant victory with starter Bailey Falter allowing one run in six innings and Josh Palisios (2 RBIs), Hayes (1 RBI), and Andy Rodriguez, who hit multi-hits.
Pittsburgh lost two consecutive games and maintained its fourth place in the National League (NL) Central Division with 67 wins and 78 losses. In the wild card rankings, it is still not easy to expect to advance to the fall baseball league by nine games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, ranked eighth. Washington, on the other hand, remained at the bottom of the NL East with 65 wins and 80 losses.
Bae Ji-hwan, who had been slowing down, has a brighter outlook for next year, like Kim Ha-sung
Bae Ji-hwan, who made his MLB debut in Pittsburgh last year, had an excellent batting average of 0.333, but played only 10 games. It made me look forward to his performance this season.먹튀검증
It left a strong impact from the beginning of the season. He built steals with his own patent and explosive speed that shook the opponent’s team, and a series of fantastic “The Catch” that protected the team’s victory with a walk-off home run. It seemed to herald the birth of a new star in Pittsburgh.
However, Bae Ji-hwan, who also welcomed Bae Ji-hwan properly, fell into a slump in the full-time season. Continuing the upward trend, the batting average soared to 0.277 at one point in June, but since then, the batting average has fallen to 0.237 as it has been hitless in 10 consecutive games.
It seemed like it would end the season with disappointment, but it is coming back to life at the last minute. Starting with the Milwaukee Brewers match on the 6th, he has scored seven consecutive hits so far, showing his adaptation to the MLB stage. In particular, he showed off his slugging ability by scoring two consecutive doubles until this day following the previous day.
Kim Ha-sung was also sluggish, but he developed on his own every season. The batting average, which was only 0.202 in the first season, rose to 0.251 last year and 0.270 this season. Kim Ha-sung’s biggest weapon is his defense ability to play all infield positions. Based on this, he continued to play in the game and showed off his fast feet this season, making 35 steals, becoming the team’s treasure. Naturally, he took many opportunities and improved his batting ability.
Bae Ji-hwan, like Kim Ha-sung, has to play in many games to boost his sense of hitting. There is a positive part. There is something similar to Kim Ha-sung. Although he is not as good as Kim Ha-sung, he is highly utilized as he can defend both second baseman and center fielder. He played 56 games as a second baseman and 56 games as a center fielder this season, making it difficult to pick his main position.
Above all, it is the quick foot that shines Bae Ji-hwan’s value. He ran boldly enough to lead the stolen base early in the season and showed tremendous speed. Although he was pointed out with a somewhat disappointing sense of base running, this is also getting better. It has already surpassed 20 steals, and if it steadily takes more opportunities, it is evaluated as a lumber that will be possible to steal 30 steals and 40 steals in the future.
Although the team’s situation is not good, it is on the rise at the end of the season, raising expectations for next year. Like Kim Ha-sung’s third season, Bae Ji-hwan is also likely to show off his improved skills.