‘6 pitches→7 pitches→9 pitches→5 pitches’ didn’t work…but ‘leadoff’ Bae Ji-hwan walked once, scored once, and harassed the NYY mound endlessly.

While he didn’t produce a hit, he did his job as the “leadoff hitter. He drew a walk in his first at-bat, scored a run, and forced the opposing pitcher to throw 27 pitches in his four at-bats.

Bae started at second base and batted leadoff against the New York Yankees at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday (July 17), going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Bae hasn’t been hitting too badly lately, but the day before (Nov. 16), he had a very awkward situation. Trailing 2-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Bae took a four-pitch curveball from the Yankees’ Anthony Mizevich. The pitch traveled at a whopping 100.6 miles per hour (162 kilometers per hour) and flew right into Mizevich’s face, hitting him in the right side of the head.

Bae was not pleased with the hit that broke the no-hitter and tied the game. Misiewicz fell to the ground and screamed in excruciating pain. After stepping on the first base line, Bae stood back and watched with concern. Luckily, he picked himself up, seemingly escaping serious injury, and was able to get on his bike and leave the stadium.

Despite the dizzying day, Bae seemed to shake off the shock. Bae’s presence was evident early on in the match. Down 0-3 in the bottom of the first inning, Bae faced Yankees starter Luke Weaver in his first at-bat. Bae swung wildly at pitches one and two and found himself in a very unfavorable 0B-2S count, but after picking off pitches three through six in a row, he drew a walk.

It was a continuation of Bae’s walk=run formula from earlier in the season when Pittsburgh was on a roll. After Bae led off the inning with a walk, Pittsburgh’s next batter, Brian Reynolds, crushed Weaver’s first-pitch cutter over the center field fence for a two-run shot that scored Bae.

Despite the pleasant start, he was unable to produce another run or hit in his second at-bat. Trailing 2-4 in the third inning, Bae struck out in his second at-bat with runners on first and second in scoring position. But just like his first at-bat, he made up for it by making Rook throw a whopping seven pitches.

After four innings and three runs on 77 pitches, Rook was off the mound, having worked two full counts, and Bae faced Johnny Brito in the bottom of the fifth. This time, he grounded into a fielder’s choice, but Brito battled him for nine pitches. Through three at-bats, Bae threw 22 pitches to the Yankees pitchers.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Bae was down 3-6. With the game on the line, Bae stepped up to bat for the final time and swung at a five-pitch slider down in the strike zone from Yankees reliever Ian Hamilton, but was forced to ground out to second base to end the game.토토사이트

Pittsburgh was on a three-game winning streak before meeting the Yankees. The teams battled back and forth early in the game. The Yankees jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Wells hit a leadoff double with runners on first and second after back-to-back walks to DJ LeMahieu and Glavier Torres, and Esteban Florial followed with a two-run single.

Pittsburgh answered right back. After Bae Ji-Hwan led off the bottom of the first with a walk, Brian Reynolds followed with a two-run blast off Yankees starter Luke Weaver on a cutter in the middle of the strike zone to close the gap to one run. The Yankees responded in the top of the third with a run-scoring solo shot by Giancarlo Stanton, and Pittsburgh tied the game with a sacrifice fly by Andy Rodriguez with runners on first and third.

It was in the middle innings that the game began to take a dramatic turn. The Yankees scored a run in the top of the sixth inning on an Aaron Judge single and a Glavier Torres double to put runners on second and third on a wild pitch by Pittsburgh’s Hunter Stranton. In the eighth inning, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a game-tying solo home run to give the Yankees the lead for good. Pittsburgh was unable to turn the tide until the end of the game, falling 3-6 and dropping two of three.

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