Bae Ji-hwan leads Pittsburgh to sixth straight win with a walk-off home run…his stolen bases are second in NL

Bae Ji-hwan (24-Pittsburgh Pirates) used his quick feet to extend his team’s winning streak.

Bae started in the seventh spot in the batting order against the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in the Pirates’ 5-4 win. He is batting .275 (44-for-160) on the season. Riding a six-game winning streak, Pittsburgh improved to 32-27 and moved into first place in the National League Central.메이저놀이터

Bae showed off both his quick feet and his ability to get on base. Trailing 1-0 with one out in the bottom of the second inning, he drew a seven-pitch walk off Oakland starter J.P. Sears with the bases loaded, then stole second on a 1-2 Austin Hedges at-bat and advanced to third on a double steal with pinch-runner Mark Matzias. It was his 18th stolen base of the season, moving him to fifth in the majors and second in the National League.

He didn’t reach base in his first at-bat, but his final at-bat was a different story. Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4, he took Oakland reliever Sam Moll’s first-pitch body sinker for an infield single. He sprinted to first base on a grounder that rolled in front of the shortstop to set up the winning run. One out later, Hedges singled to left, stole third and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly to right.

The defence also stood out. Trailing 1-3 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, he leapt to catch a towering fly ball from Oakland Jays’ Peterson with the bases loaded. He grabbed the outfield bullpen netting, stopped, and didn’t let go of the ball.

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