Pittsburgh’s Bae Ji-hwan, who started the major league opening game five years after entering the US, played another ‘game of his life’. Home fans cheered as he saved up a scoring opportunity with his quick feet along with three hits in a game for the first time since his debut.
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Bae Ji-hwan was brilliant from the first at-bat.
At the end of the second inning, when the score was 1-1, the ball hit the second baseman’s glove and was deflected, so he ran to second base.
The ball flowed halfway between the infield and the outfield, so he could have been out, but he made a bold attempt.
[Local Broadcaster: (2nd baseman) tried to dive but fell out! Bae Ji-hwan arrived at second base!]
Not only did he bring home a runner on second base and score an RBI, but he quickly turned what would have been a single hit into a double.
In the fourth, he set the pace for a massive scoring run with a clever bunt.
He came out as the leadoff hitter, landed a surprise bunt between the pitcher and first baseman, and slid head first to first base without hesitation.
This is a play that players are reluctant to play due to the risk of injury.
Even with his helmet removed, the centrifugal decision was out, but it was overturned after a video review.
After Bae Ji-hwan came back to life, Pittsburgh scored four runs in the fourth inning with consecutive hits and a three-run home run.
Five points were added in the 5th inning, and Bae Ji-hwan showed a sensational blow.
In a full count situation, I hit the bat on the outside ball and made another hit.
It was the first time he had 3 hits in a game since his major league debut.
After five years of entering the US, he recorded a multi-hit in the opening game, and tasted his first home run three days ago, raising his batting average to the 30% range.
In defense, he shows off his agility and speed and is solidifying his position as the starting player.
Pittsburgh beat the White Sox 13-9 after trading 30 hits.
Bae Ji-hwan, who added strength to his 4-game winning streak in front of the home fans, said, “It’s only been a week,” and said, “It’s only been a week.”
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