Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh), who returned to the big leagues after recovering from an ankle injury, played a big role in the comeback match.
On the 19th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan started as the first hitter in the away game against Minnesota in the ‘2023 Major League’ held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and recorded 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats.
Bae Ji-hwan, who suffered ankle pain in the match against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 2nd of last month, was placed on the injured list (IL) the next day. After that, after going to a rehabilitation game at Triple A, he returned to the big leagues after 48 days.
From his first at-bat on his return, Bae Ji-hwan reported a hit.
As the lead batter in the first inning, he hit a four-seam fastball on the second pitch in a confrontation with opponent starter Lopez and opened the door with a left-handed hit.
At the beginning of the 3rd inning, he tried to bunt in the second at-bat, which was greeted by second base, but the pitcher’s floating ball left him with regret.메이저놀이터
In the top of the 5th inning, Bae Ji-hwan succeeded in making multiple runs by walking 1 out and 1 base, and in the top of the 7th inning, Bae Ji-hwan, who had changed from 1st base unscathed, caught a four-seam fastball from pitcher Caleb Tilba and scored a double that hit the right wall directly, continuing the scoring opportunity.
After one shot in the top of the ninth, his last at-bat, he struck out with a swing, but in his return to the big leagues, he multi-hit with three on-base games, raising expectations for his performance for the rest of the season. His batting average for the season rose from 0.238 to 0.243.
However, despite Bae Ji-hwan’s performance, Pittsburgh lost 1-5 and recorded two consecutive losses.