Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan went into the game without a hit. But he was relentless in his four at-bats.
Bae went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the New York Yankees at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, on Sunday (July 17). His season batting average dropped from .242 to .239.
Pittsburgh’s lineup for the game was Bae Ji-Hwan (second base)-Brian Reynolds (left field)-Kevin Hayes (third base)-Jack Swinski (pinch-hitter)-Andy Rodriguez (catcher)-Josh Palacios (right field)-Henry Davis (designated hitter)-Alfonso Rivas (first base)-Robert Peguero (shortstop). The starting pitcher was Luis Ortiz.굿모닝토토
From the very first at-bat, Bae gave the team a boost. Down 0-3 in the first inning, he drew a full-count walk against Yankees starter Luke Weaver and came home on a six-pitch fastball.
In the bottom of the inning, Bae struck out swinging with runners on first and second. But he drew a full count, and Weaver threw seven pitches, meaning that while the outcome was not favorable, he did his job.
The third at-bat was a nine-pitch battle. In the bottom of the fifth, Bae faced Johnny Brito with the bases loaded and the count 2-2, but he fouled off three pitches to show that he was determined to get out. The result was a grounder to third base.
After leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, Bae saw a whopping 27 pitches in his four at-bats, including five pitches from Ian Hamilton. With more than six pitches per at-bat, pitchers were forced to take their foot off the gas when facing him.
Despite Bae’s no-hitter, Pittsburgh was unable to close out the game, falling 3-6. Down 3-4, the Pirates gave up a run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning and a solo shot by Oswaldo Cabrera in the top of the eighth.
Starting pitcher Ortiz struggled a bit, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits with six walks and two strikeouts in 4⅔ innings and suffered his fifth loss. The offense was silent, with six of the first seven batters going hitless, including Swinski and Palacios.