‘Bae Ji-hwan pinch-hitter’ Pittsburgh loses to Toronto, loses 7th straight… Kikuchi scoreless

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on a seven-game losing streak. Bae Ji-hwan played again after two games after an ankle injury.

Pittsburgh lost a home game 1-10 against the Toronto Blue Jays held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 8th (Korean time). With the defeat on this day, he recorded 7 consecutive losses and stayed at 20 wins and 15 losses. Toronto is 21-14.

Bae Ji-hwan, who injured his ankle in the first game of the series, returned to the field as a pinch hitter that day. In the bottom of the 7th inning, with one out and second base, he came out as a pinch hit against right-hander Lee Mi-mi Garcia, but withdrew with a shortstop grounder.

He played the rest of the game as second baseman. In the ninth inning, he went to a full count against pitcher Nate Pearson, but struck out on a swing and ended the game with no hits in two at-bats.

The same story as the previous game was repeated. The selection collapsed in the early stages, and the other line could not overcome the opponent’s selection, and the score gap widened.

Pittsburgh starter Roancie Contreras recorded 9 hits, 1 home run, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 5 runs in 5 innings.

It was good to strike out Matt Chapman in the first inning crisis with one out on second and third base, but Whit Merrifield’s grounder hit became an infield hit and allowed a run. He was a hit that could have been enough out스포츠토토, but the defense of second baseman Mark Mathias was disappointing.

I blocked it with 1 run once, but couldn’t do that in the 3rd inning. In 1st, 1st and 2nd base, against Merrifield, the curve thrown from the 1-2 count was centered in the middle and allowed a three-run home run that went over the left fence. Continued to fail to finish in a 2-strike situation, leading to a large number of goals. He allowed one more run in the fifth.

In the meantime, Pittsburgh hitters couldn’t surpass Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi. Up to the 5th inning, he had a hard time not being able to collect more than 2 runners even once.

No luck either. In the first inning, Brian Reynolds hit first base safely with a batted ball speed of 102.4 miles and a launch angle of 30 degrees. Center fielder Kevin Kiermeyer hit the wall and caught it. According to ‘Baseball Savant’, it was a ball that could become a home run in three stadiums. If this batted ball had passed, another story might have progressed.

In the sixth inning, they finally managed to get two runners together, but Rodolfo Castro withdrew with a grounder from third base and threw that too.

Kikuchi pitched 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs in 6 1/3 innings that day. He lowered his season earned run average to 3.35.

He finally scored in the eighth inning. The top line did the job. Starting with a hit by lead batter Kibrian Hayes, Connor Joe’s double and Carlos Santana’s left-handed hit continued to make up for it.

Andrew McCutchen, who missed two games due to an ankle injury, came out as a pinch hitter and walked and continued the chance to load the bases.

Toronto coach John Schneider had a super strong performance by raising Jordan Romano, the closer, with 1 out and bases loaded in the 8th inning. This choice ultimately worked. Jack Suwinsky and Miguel Andouha were no match for Romano. Each struck out on a swing and withdrew with a fly ball in the infield.

Toronto overcame the crisis in the 8th inning, and Dalton Barshaw hit an out-of-the-field home run in the 9th inning, widening the score gap. It was a shot that put Pittsburgh’s last hope to rest.

According to the Pirates, Basho’s home run landed in the Allegheny River outside the stadium’s outfield. He is the 68th of his career and became the 46th player to hit a home run into Kang. It is the first time as a Toronto player and the first time in the 2023 season.]

Pittsburgh’s hardships did not end here. After Chase de Yong, Danny Jansen hit a double in the middle, and Kiermeyer hit a superior two-run home run, increasing the damage.

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