hitting a double against Jack Greinke (39, Kansas City Royals)
a veteran who won the Major League Cy Young Award. did.
On the 29th (Korean time)
in the 2023 Major League Kansas City Royals match held at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City
Bae Ji-hwan started as the first batter in center field and recorded 2 hits and 1 run in 5 at-bats.
who hit two consecutive games
raised his season batting average to 0.240.
The Kansas City starting pitcher Bae Ji-hwan faced that day was Greinke.
Greinke is a superstar with 224 major league wins. In 2009
he won the American League Cy Young Award
showing ace-level performances throughout his career.
he suffered a sharp slump this season as he entered his final years as a player
and was recording 1 win
12 losses and an average ERA of 5.28 before the game that day.
whose entire season is virtually his debut season
imprinted his presence on veteran Greinke from his first at-bat.
Bae Ji-hwan, who appeared as a leadoff in the top of the first inning
hit the 4th curveball in a 2-ball
and the ball headed toward the shortstop.
After Bae Ji-hwan sprinted
he was judged safe at first base and became an infield hit.
Bae Ji-hwan went to second base with a hit by Kibrian Hays
but Andrew McCutchen’s double hit.
Bae Ji-hwan advanced to third base
but he could not home as Joshua Palacios stepped back with a bumta.
In the top of the 3rd inning
when the team was leading 1-0, Bae Ji-hwan
who was again the lead batter
attacked Greinke properly this time.
On the first strike
he pushed a fastball to the inside of the second pitch and connected it with a double to left field.
Bae Ji-hwan’s 13th double this season.
who advanced to scoring position at once
stepped home when the follow-up hitter
hit a double.
The score was 2-0.
Although excited in the first two at-bats
Bae Ji-hwan could not get on base after that.
In the third meeting with Greinke in the top of the 5th inning
he withdrew with a ground ball to second base.
Greinke was hit by Hays in the subsequent at-bat and retired without completing the fifth inning.
Bae Ji-hwan was out with a floating ball to center fielder in the fourth at-bat in the top of the 7th inning
and recorded a ground ball in front of the pitcher in the last at-bat in the top of the 9th inning.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh won 5-0 on the day.
Starting pitcher Yohan Oviedo led the victory with a complete reverse pitching of 2 hits
5 strikeouts and no run in 9 innings.
Oviedo won his 8th win (13th loss) of the season by achieving his first individual shutout victory after his 68th appearance in his 4th year in the big leagues.
which broke its two-game losing streak
maintained 4th place in the Central Division of the National League with a season record of 59 wins and 73 losses.
who lost 4 consecutive times
stayed at the bottom of the American League Central Division with 41 wins and 92 losses.