Bae Ji-hwan, ‘pinch hit’, 3G consecutive no hits… PIT, 7 consecutive losses after 20 wins

Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan (24) played as a pinch hitter, but failed to add a hit. 

On the 8th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan recorded 메이저놀이터no hits in two at-bats as a substitute in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Toronto took a chance with two bases loaded in the first inning with a Bo Vichet hit, Dalton Basho double, and Brandon Belt walk. Whit Merrifield scored the first run with an RBI and a timely hit. In the third inning, following back-to-back hits by Matt Chapman and Belt, Merrifield hit a three-run homer. 

Toronto seized the win in the 5th inning, leading hitter Chapman walked out and Belt hit a double, creating chances for second and third base safely. Merrifield struck out, but ran away with one more run as Danny Jansen hit an RBI single.

Bae Ji-hwan played as a pinch hitter for Mark Mathias in the 7th inning when Pittsburgh was trailing 0-5 with 1 out and 2nd base chance. Bae Ji-hwan, who faced Toronto reliever Garcia, hit a curveball at 82.9 miles per hour (133.4 km) in the first pitch, but was caught with a shortstop ground ball.

Pittsburgh made up for one point in the 8th inning with a hit by Brian Hayes, a double by Conor Joe, and a timely hit by Carlos Santana with an RBI. Toronto scored five runs, including Kevin Kiermeier’s two-run home run in the ninth inning.

Bae Ji-hwan started as the lead batter in the ninth inning, but was struck out as reliever Nate Pearson’s 98-mile (157.7 km) four-seam hit the bat in vain. Pittsburgh ended the game without scoring.

Pittsburgh, which was the first to win 20 games in the National League, lost 1-10 on the day and fell into a pit of seven consecutive losses. Bae Ji-hwan’s batting average for the season fell slightly to 2.39 (22 hits in 92 at-bats) as he remained silent with no hits in the last three games in a row. 

Toronto went on a three-game winning streak. Starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi earned his fifth win of the season, winning with 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs in 6⅓ innings. In the batting line, Belt had 3 hits, and Merrifield (Season 1), Basho (Season 5), and Kiermeyer (2) hit home runs.

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