Bae “The Pirates’ New Engine” Ji-hwan Bae (24-Pittsburgh Pirates) hit a three-run homer in his major league debut to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Bae started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI and a run scored in the third game of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on Sunday (July 7) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
His first at-bat was a double. Trailing 0-3 in the first inning, he fouled off Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta on the first pitch and then took a second-pitch 88-mph (141-kilometer) changeup for a grounder to third base.
Down 1-3 in the third, he reached first on a fielder’s choice to shortstop with one out. He faced Peralta again and battled him for seven pitches before hitting a 93.7-mph (150-kilometer) four-seam fastball for a grounder to shortstop. Brian Reynolds followed with a shortstop’s fielder’s choice that didn’t score.
The third at-bat had no impact either. Still trailing 1-3 in the top of the sixth, he fouled out to third base. On an unfavorable 1B-2S count, Peralta’s four-seam 76.6-mph (123-kilometer) curveball wasn’t quite right.
Bae finally made his presence felt in his final at-bat. With the score tied 3-3 in the seventh inning, he came to the plate and hit a one-out, game-winning triple. He calmly watched two pitches from Elvis Peguero before lining an 88.4-mph (142-kilometer) slider up the middle for his first major league triple of the season to right-center. Bae sprinted to third base in a helmet-splitting sprint that brought the home fans to their feet.카지노사이트
He later scored the winning run when Miguel Andujar singled to center field.
With one more hit, Bae’s batting average remained unchanged at 2-for-41 on the season.
Pittsburgh, fourth in the National League Central, beat Milwaukee 5-4 to avenge a loss the day before and sweep a three-game homestand. 65-75 on the season. A bullpen day that featured six pitchers, from opener Colin Selby to closer David Bednar, proved successful.
Meanwhile, division-leading Milwaukee had its winning streak snapped, falling to 77-62. Willy Adames’ 2-for-4 performance with a home run and three RBIs was not enough in the loss.