Kim Ha-seong goes on base again – scores success! What shone even more was ‘Utility GG-level Hosobi’… The team’s first home winning series
Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres), who had been active on three bases the previous day (3rd), succeeded in going on base once again and even scored. The team achieved its first winning series at home this season.
Kim Ha-seong started as a 7th batter and 3rd baseman in the 2023 Major League home game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 4th (Korean time), recording no hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 3 at-bats. Ha-sung Kim’s season batting average slightly decreased from 0.228 to 0.221.
It was Kim Ha-seong who played a big role with Cincinnati throughout the series. In the first game of the series held on the 2nd, he started as the 7th batter and second baseman, and flew with 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Then, on the 3rd, he started as the 7th hitter and shortstop, and played an active role on 3 bases with 1 hit and 2 walks in 2 at-bats.
Kim Ha-seong, who had previously seen second baseman and shortstop in turn. While Manny Machado was resting, he played third base in the game. He was Kim Ha-seong, who played a calm defense no matter where he was placed. Even in the game that day, Kim Ha-seong boasted a stable catching ability, a strong shoulder, and a throwing technique that quickly took the ball out of the glove and sprayed it quickly.
While both teams failed to score in the first inning, San Diego managed to score first in the bottom of the second inning. Ha-seong Kim was in the process of picking the score. After leading hitter Cronenworth went on base with a heavy hit, Ha-seong Kim entered the plate. Kim Ha-seong calmly picked out three balls well, including the first pitch, the second pitch, and the third pitch. The fourth pitch is a strike. In the favorable 3-1 ball count, he swung the bat vigorously on the 5th pitch, but it was a foul. And on the 6th pitch, he picked out a high sinker (148.7km) well and stepped on first base.
After one out, Sullivan hit a timely double with two RBIs on the right field line that quickly passed the first baseman. In the meantime, second base runner Cronenworth and first base runner Kim Ha-seong hit home in turn (2-0). It was the moment Sullivan scored his first RBI in his major league debut. As soon as Kim Ha-seong saw the batted ball go away, he sprinted at full speed and stepped on the groove with ease.
Ha-seong Kim took his second at-bat in the 4th inning when the team was leading 2-0 with no runners out. He fought a close game that went all the way to a full count, but was pulled back on a fly ball to shortstop on the sixth pitch. Still, San Diego made it 4-0 with a superior two-run four from the second out and first base. The main character of the home run was Sullivan, the ‘9th hitter’ who had previously scored 2 RBIs.
On this day, Kim Ha-seong’s true value shone even more in defense. He was perfectly responsible for third base. In the second inning, he stably caught Senzel’s third base assault ball from first out and first base, then showed a no-bound throw toward the first baseman’s mitt, increasing the out count. In the 5th inning, he caught India’s third base ground ball in a safe first and second base crisis, then threw it to second base and connected it to a double play. Above all, the speed at which Kim Ha-seong took the ball out of the glove after the catch was amazing at a glance. Even in the top of the 7th inning, he counted Barrero’s bounced ball well after one out, then threw it to first base and made two outs. Kim Ha-seong played in 30 games this season and made only one mistake (March 31). He’s in a situation where he could have a good shot at a Gold Glove award in the utility category.
In the top of the 6th inning, Cincinnati’s lead batter Steer hit a left-handed ball to make up 1 point. (4-1) However, Senzel’s line-drive ball hit by Kim Ha-seong connected with a jumping catch in the following run on 1st base. The moment when the flow of the opponent’s attack was completely cut off.
Kim Ha-seong took his third at-bat as the lead batter at the bottom of the 6th inning when the team was leading 4-1. At the ball count of 2-1, he attacked Buck Palmer’s 4th slider (132.6km), the third pitcher, but the second base ball was out. Continuing, San Diego took the opportunity to load the bases with Odor’s infield hit, Grisham’s left-handed hit after two outs, and Tatis Jr.’s walk. Here, Soto attacked the first pitch, sweeping the right field and hitting a double with 3 RBIs at the right time. It was practically a wedge RBI, running away with a score of 7-1.
Kim Ha-seong took the fourth at-bat in the best opportunity to secure 1st and 2nd base at the end of the 7th inning, when the team was still leading 7-1. The opposing pitcher is Casey Regumina. The first ball is the outside ball. The second pitch is a strike that goes high toward the body. Ha-seong Kim leaned back and fell down. At Petco Park, the booing toward the pitcher grew. Then Ha-seong Kim fouled after sending two strikes. ‘Ha Sung Kim’ resonated in Petco Park. The 6th pitch is a high ball. It became a full count. 7th pitch is a foul. However, he misplaced the bat on a 152km fastball outside and unfortunately struck out.
메이저사이트 San Diego starter Lugo succeeded in achieving 3 wins (2 losses) of the season by doing his part with 7 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run (1 earned) in 6 innings (97 pitches). Grisham went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI, while Sullivan went 2-for-4 with 1 home run, 4 RBI and 1 run, and Cronenworth went 2-at-3 with 1 run. On the other hand, Cincinnati’s starter Sesa was shaken with 4 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and 3 runs (3 earned) in 3⅓ innings, and suffered his 4th loss (1 win) of the season.
San Diego marked the season with 17 wins and 15 losses by finishing 3 consecutive matches with Cincinnati with 2 wins and 1 loss, winning series. Cincinnati recorded 13 wins and 18 losses without continuing the rise of the previous day. Now, San Diego will play three home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting on the 6th after a day off on the 5th.
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