Bae overcomes ‘lefty sniping’ with Megaspeed, but can’t eat when he sets the table.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bae Ji-hwan couldn’t stop his team from losing its fifth straight game.
Bae batted seventh and started in center field against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 18 at American Family Field. He went 1-for-4, but Pittsburgh lost the game 5-0.
Bae went from a .269 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, and .352 slugging percentage to a .269 batting average, .328 on-base percentage, and .349 slugging percentage for the season. They maintained their batting average, but their slugging percentage and on-base percentage dropped slightly.
Pittsburgh swept a midweek three-game series from the Chicago Cubs before dropping Games 1 and 2 of a weekend three-game series to Milwaukee.
Bae’s first at-bat in the second inning ended with a grounder to third base. In his second at-bat in the fifth inning, he led off with a walk. He went for a bunt single, but Milwaukee pitcher Wade Miley kept his composure and made a good defense.
Pittsburgh had a chance in the top of the seventh, trailing 0-4. Carlos Santana led off with a single to right. Brian Hayes and Rodolfo Castro walked to load the bases.
With two outs and Bae Ji-Hwan at the plate, Milwaukee responded with a left-hander. Hobey Milner, a left-handed sidearm, tried to snipe at Bae. Bae hit a three-pitch sinker. He missed, but the ball bounced high in front of the pitcher. It hit Milner’s glove and deflected. Bae had already reached first base.
The next batter, Mark Matthias, drew a walk. The bases were loaded, but Austin Hedges was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice.
Bae Ji-hwan stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning. Santana led off with a single to left. Hayes and Zack Swinski followed with back-to-back singles. With two on and one out, Bae faced Milwaukee closer Trevor Megill.메이저사이트
Bae swung wildly at the first pitch, but fouled it off. The second pitch was a four-seam fastball that he missed. The third pitch was out of the strike zone.
With two strikes and one ball, Megill went back to his fastball. Bae batted, but it was foul again.
Bae was caught off guard by the fifth pitch. Megill, who had thrown only fastballs through four pitches, suddenly threw a curveball to take away Bae’s timing. Bae flinched and froze, unable to turn the bat. He struck out and the game was over.