Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Choi Ji-man (32) hit four consecutive games, but could not prevent the team from losing.
Choi Ji-man started as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 16th (Korean time). On this day, he went 1 hit in 4 at-bats, and his season batting average slightly increased from 0.170 to 0.176.
In his first at-bat, he walked away with a looking strikeout from second out and first base in the bottom of the first inning, looking at opposing starter Alex Cobb’s sinker. In the second at-bat, at the end of the 3rd inning, with 2nd out, 1st and 3rd bases, he returned with a ground ball to 2nd base.
The first hit he had been waiting for came in his third at-bat. In the bottom of the 6th he pushed Cobb’s splitter after a run and made a hit to left field.
His final at-bat was in the bottom of the eighth. After one out, he had a tough game with reliever Scott Alexander, but a well-hit ball headed straight to the right fielder and turned to the dugout.
Pittsburgh gave up a run in the top of the second inning. Starting pitcher Yohan Oviedo was hit with a solo shot by Mike Yastrzemski after one shot and was drawn 0-1.
Pittsburgh, which took the lead with a home run, immediately went after it with a home run. In the bottom of the second inning, lead batter Henry Davis hit a solo home run over the middle-left fence to balance the game 1-1.안전사이트
The lull of both teams continued, and the balance of the game on thin ice was broken in the beginning of the 8th inning. In the top of the 8th inning, Pittsburgh gave up a walk and a hit, facing a crisis with 1 out and 1st and 2nd base. Pittsburgh coach Derek Shelton even put in closer David Bedner to prevent additional runs, but Michael Conforto hit a timely one RBI.
Afterwards, sloppy play came out in the relay play. Catcher Jason DeLay, who received the throw from right fielder Davis, threw the ball to catch a batter runner heading to second base, but the ball missed and allowed another runner to score in the meantime, widening the score to 1-3.
The team later had two attacking opportunities, but failed to score and bowed their heads.
Pittsburgh started pitcher Oviedo showed excellent pitching with 1 hit (1 home run), 3 walks, 10 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings, but he could not prevent the team from losing.
Pittsburgh fell into a two-game losing streak with the loss that day. The team finished 4th in the Central Division of the National League with a season record of 41 wins and 51 losses.