The super catch of Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan (24) surprised fellow pitcher Vince Velasquez (31) twice. He erased two hits with an amazing super catch.
On the 14th (hereinafter Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan started as the 8th hitter in center field in the 2023 major league away game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at St. Louis Busch Stadium in Missouri, USA, and recorded 1 hit and 1 point in 4 at-bats.
In the 7th inning with a 1-0 lead and no runners out, Bae Ji-hwan, who hit to the right and went to first base, laid the foundation for an additional run. Following Jason DeLay’s hit and Kibrian Hayes’ walk, Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly homer scored an extra run.
It was the defense that outshined the hitting. In the 4th inning, with 2nd, 2nd and 3rd bases, he jumped and caught Tyler O’Neill’s big ball heading for the left-middle fence. If Bae Ji-hwan failed to catch it, the situation would lead to two runs. Although the hit rate was 62%, Bae Ji-hwan’s concentration shone. He fell after being hit by the fence, but did not drop the ball. It was a dizzying fence crash, but he brushed it off and stood up and smiled. 토토사이트
In the 5th inning, with 2 out and 1 base, he threw himself at Alec Burrelson’s line drive hit and took another hit. It was a ball with a hit rate of 69% with a batting speed of 110.6 miles (178 km), but Bae Ji-hwan’s amazing diving catch made it out.
Velázquez, who was helped by the double transfer fee, reported his first win of the season with 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and no runs. It was his first win with his new team, having signed a free agent contract with Pittsburgh last December for $3.15 million for a year.
According to local media such as ‘AP’, after the game, Velasquez said, “I really appreciate Bae Ji-hwan. I should buy him lunch or dinner. He also likes drinks and other things,” he revealed, saying he would do a treat.
In response, Bae Ji-hwan said, “Colin Holderman bought me coffee last time. He made two hobi, so Velázquez has to buy the more expensive one.”
On the 5th against the Boston Red Sox, Bae Ji-hwan made a picture-like jump catch on a long-hit ball headed for Rafael Devers’ left center green monster fence in the 8th inning with one out. At the time, the pitcher was the holder man, and the moment he was out, he raised his arm and cheered. Pittsburgh pitchers continue to treat Bae Ji-hwan’s successive good fortune.