Former Hanwha Tuckman goes 3-for-3 with RBI to ‘get back to batting average’…PIT’s Bae Ji-hwan goes 0-for-3 with an error
Mike Tuckman, 33, who became the starting center fielder for the Chicago Cubs after failing to re-sign with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO, had his best performance since returning to the big leagues.
Tuckman started in center field and went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tuckman’s three-hit game was his third since returning to the majors, and his three RBIs were his most in a single game this season. With the big hit, Tuckman raised his batting average from .282 to .301 and moved back into the triple digits.
Tuckman led off the first inning with a single. With two outs in the top of the second, Turkman lined a single up the middle off Pittsburgh starter Osvaldo Vido to bring home two runners. The Cubs followed with an RBI single from Nico Horner to make it 3-0.안전놀이터
Tuckman, who was retired on a foul tip in the fourth inning, doubled to left field with two outs in the top of the seventh for his third hit and third RBI of the day. After advancing to second on a bases-loaded walk, Turkman later advanced to third on Seiya Suzuki’s grounder and scored on Dansby Swanson’s single with runners on second and third.
In the top of the eighth inning, with runners on first and second, Tuckman hit a hard grounder that was misplayed by second baseman Bae Ji-hwan on the throw to second base. After reaching first on a fielder’s choice, Turkman advanced to second on Horner’s grounder and scored his second run of the day on Suzuki’s single.
Meanwhile, South Korean major leaguer Bae Ji-hwan, who came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning, went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and a grounder, and committed an error that led to Tuckman’s run. His season batting average dropped from .265 to .262.
Behind Tuckman’s performance, the Cubs went on an 8-0 run to improve to 34-38 on the season, good for fourth place in the National League Central. The Cubs, who improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games, pulled within half a game of Pittsburgh (34-37, third place in the NL Central), who lost their seventh straight with the loss.