Pirates’ Bae Ji-hwan delivers key hit in season debut after callup from minors

Bae Ji-hwan, left, celebrates with Nick Gonzales, right, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 21. AFP-Yonhap

Korean utility man Bae Ji-hwan has come through with a big hit in his major league season debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates hours after getting called up from the minors.

Bae batted 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored, a walk and a steal, as the Pirates rallied from a 6-1 deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday (local time).

Bae was brought up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day and put into the starting lineup for his 2024 season debut, batting ninth and playing center field.

He grounded into a force-out in the 안전 bottom of the second but drew a walk in the fifth inning before stealing second base and later scoring on a force-out by Bryan Reynolds.

That run got the Pirates within two at 4-2, though the Giants added a run each in the seventh and eighth innings to build a 6-2 cushion.

The Pirates refused to go away and pulled even with a four-run ninth inning.

Bae stepped in with one out with the bases loaded and knocked in a run to make it 6-3 with a single off reliever Camilo Doval.

After the Pirates added two more runs, Bae scored the tying run on a double by Oneil Cruz.

The Pirates then walked off the Giants with a single by Nick Gonzales in the bottom of the 10th.

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