Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Bae Ji-hwan roamed the ground to his heart’s content from the opening game.
Bae Ji-hwan started as the 8th hitter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Cincinnati Reds opening game held at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on the 31st (Korean time) and played an active role with 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 steals and 2 points.
Bae Ji-hwan, who joined Pittsburgh in 2018, was named on the opening roster for the first time this year and took the opportunity to start second baseman from the opening game. Bae Ji-hwan led his team to a 5-4 victory, showing his strength of quick feet.
Bae Ji-hwan reported his first at-bat hit this year by getting on base with a surprise bunt hit on the first pitch after two outs in the second inning when the score was trailing 0-1. However, he failed to advance as Austin Hedges struck out.
The true value of Bae Ji-hwan was revealed in the second at-bat. Bae Ji-hwan hit a double that flowed to the left field after one shot in the top of the 4th inning when the match was 1-1. Bae Ji-hwan showed the boldness of stealing third base right away in the next batter’s at-bat.
Shaken Cincinnati starter Hunter Green gave up a walk to Hedges and was replaced. Cincinnati succeeded in a 3-1 reversal as Fernando Cruz, who was on the mound, allowed 3 walks in a row, including 2 push points. With one out and bases loaded, it was 4-1 with a wild throw. It was an opportunity that started with Bae Ji-hwan. 온라인카지노
After two outs in the top of the 5th inning, Bae Ji-hwan, who had been withdrawn due to a fly ball from center fielder, picked up a straight walk after one out in the top of the 8th when the score was tied 4-4, and succeeded in stealing second base again. Bae Ji-hwan, who landed on third base on Hedges’ sacrifice bunt, scored on O’Neill Cruz’s one-run sacrifice fly to give the team the lead.
Bae Ji-hwan moved to center field in the bottom of the 9th inning and showed off his utility defense skills. The team kept the 1-point lead gained by Bae Ji-hwan’s feet and won the opening game.
Meanwhile, teammate Choi Ji-man missed the opening match. As Andrew McCutchen started as a designated hitter rather than an outfielder, Carlos Santana saw first baseman and Choi Ji-man waited on the bench.