‘Four groundouts’ breaks Bae’s 4-game hitless streak…Pittsburgh loses again, sinks to 9-game losing streak

Bae Ji-hwan (24) went hitless in four at-bats and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost again. They have lost nine straight games.

Bae Ji-hwan, 24, batted first and second in the lineup against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Sunday (Aug. 22) and went hitless in four at-bats. He had four groundouts.

Has hit safely in his last four games, beginning on April 19 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Bae, who went 0-for-11 during that stretch, dropped to 2-for-54 on the season (50 hits in 197 at-bats).

Batting leadoff for the sixth time this season, Bae was locked in against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

In the first inning, Bae worked a full count and hit a seven-pitch low changeup outside, but the shortstop grounded out.

In the third, he hit a three-pitch changeup low and away from Hendricks, but it was grounded to second base.안전놀이터

In the sixth, he tried a five-pitch outside changeup from Hendricks, but this time he grounded out to second base.

Trailing 6-3 with runners on first and third in the seventh, Bae hit a two-pitch cutter off right-hander Mark Wright Jr. but once again, he grounded out to second.

Bae was removed from the game in favor of a pinch-hitter to start the eighth inning.

Pittsburgh lost the game, 3-8. Starting pitcher Rich Hill was tagged for five runs (three earned) on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts in 5⅔ innings to lose his seventh loss in six seasons. The offense also struggled with indecision, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

After dropping both games of a three-game series against the Cubs, Pittsburgh has now lost nine straight dating back to April 14 against the Cubs. They dropped to 34-39 and fourth place in the National League Central.

The third-place Cubs, who are coming off a three-game sweep, are 36-38 and are one game closer to a five-game winning streak. Mike Tuckman, who played for the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO last year, started in the Cubs’ eighth spot in the lineup and drew two walks and scored a run in his two at-bats. He finished the season 2-for-8 with an OPS of .800.

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