Bae Ji-hwan hits 3 home runs on his first day back in the big leagues

Bae Ji-hwan (배지환) had three hits, including a double, on his first day back in the big leagues after returning from an ankle injury.

Bae started in the leadoff spot in the lineup against the visiting Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB) on Monday (Sept. 19) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Bae went 2-for-4 with a double and drew a walk.

Raised his season batting average from .238 to .243 (218-for-53).

After going on the disabled list (IL) with a sore ankle on March 3, Bae tuned up his senses earlier this month with a nine-game Triple-A rehab assignment, batting .344.

In his first big league game in 48 days, Bae struck first in the first inning as if he’d been waiting.

He gently pushed a high fastball outside from Minnesota starter Pablo Lopez through the infield for a single to left field.

Bae moved to third on a single by Brian Reynolds and a wild pitch by Keybrian Hayes, but he was stranded at second.

After being stranded at second base in the third inning on a bunt single, Bae drew a walk in the fifth.

With the bases loaded in the seventh, he hit a big double off the wall.

Minnesota left-handed pitcher Caleb Tilba lined a low pitch to his body, producing a 117.6-meter drive.

Based on the distance, it could have gone over the fence, but the ball sailed into the deepest part of the Target Field outfield and settled for a double.

His final at-bat in the ninth inning was a strikeout.

Despite Bae’s heroics at the plate, Pittsburgh fell to Minnesota 1-5. 파워볼사이트

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