20 steals is next…’0.277→0.271′ Bae Ji-hwan snaps 4-game hitting streak, NYM finally snaps 7-game losing streak

Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) saw his hitting streak come to a halt at four games. He had an RBI single to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.

Bae started at second base and batted seventh in the lineup against the New York Mets at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 11 and went 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Bae had been on a roll with a four-game hitting streak that began against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 5 and continued against the Oakland Athletics and the Mets the day before. On this day, however, he failed to produce a hit. He did produce an RBI to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. His season batting average dropped slightly from 0.277 to 0.271.메이저사이트

Bae faced Kodai Senga, nicknamed “Ghost Fork,” in his first at-bat as the leadoff batter in the bottom of the third inning, trailing 0-1. Bae targeted a 95.6 mph fastball in the low part of the strike zone, but it was retired on a grounder to the second baseman to start the game.

Bae’s RBI single came in his second at-bat. Pittsburgh put runners on first and third in the bottom of the fourth after a Zack Swinski walk and a fielder’s choice by Keebrian Hayes. Bae took advantage of Senga’s fastball once again, lining a grounder to the second baseman for his second out and a run to tie the game.

A hit would not be forthcoming. In his third at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the score tied 1-1, Bae took a 93.6-mph (about 151 kilometers) fastball from Senga. However, like his previous at-bats, he was unable to produce a hit as he grounded out to the second baseman. In his final at-bat in the ninth inning, he flied out to center field to end the game. Bae was unable to reach base on the day, leaving him one stolen base shy of 20.

After bombarding the Mets’ mound the day before, Pittsburgh was stymied at the plate. The Mets struck first. In the top of the third inning, Brandon Nimmo singled in Tommy Pham to set up a two-out rally, but Pittsburgh answered back. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Pittsburgh tied the game with runners on first and third when Bae Bae-hwan doubled with one out.

After Pittsburgh’s run in the fourth, the game remained tight until the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, the Mets regained the lead when Starling Marte singled, Luis Guillermo walked, and Mark Canha singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. In the top of the eighth, Francisco Alvarez hit a solo home run to make it 4-1.

The Mets, mired in a seven-game losing streak with 11 games remaining, took control in the ninth. With the bases loaded on a hit-and-run double by Pham, Kanha delivered a game-winning RBI single to make it 5-1. Pittsburgh was unable to close the gap in the bottom of the ninth and dropped the game.

On the night, Senga earned his sixth win of the season (3-0), giving up two runs (unearned) on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts, earning a Quality Start+ (three earned runs or less in seven innings), while the Mets snapped a seven-game losing streak and tasted victory for the first time in a long time.

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