The San Diego Padres’ chances of advancing to the postseason are getting slimmer, but Kim Ha-sung’s performance has remained the same.
Kim Ha-seong started as second baseman and first batter in an away match against the 2023 Major League St. Louis Cardinals held at Bush Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on the 31st (hereinafter Korean time), and played an active role with 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 point in 4 at-bats. His season batting average of .276 rose slightly to 0.278.
On the 29th, on the first day of a three-game series against St. Louis, Ha-seong Kim overcame silence in three consecutive games and started the series pleasantly by getting hits. And on the previous day (30th), he showed a game with 1 RBI, 1 run, 2 hits and 1 walk, and wielded a fire bat. However, as San Diego suffered a come-from-behind loss after hitting a walk-off home run by ‘Korean’ Tommy Edman, the ‘three on base’ game faded.
San Diego, which aimed to win the World Series (WS) beyond advancing to the postseason based on huge investments prior to this season, is now losing hope of fall baseball as time goes by. However, Kim Ha-sung’s good performance continued. Ha-seong Kim played an active role as a multi-hit player on this day and succeeded in reaching base in 12 consecutive games starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 19th.
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From the first at-bat, Kim Ha-seong’s bat was hot. Kim Ha-seong, a former member of the WBC U.S. national team, had a confrontation with St. Louis starter Miles Mycholas, a Japanese professional baseball ‘reverse export myth’. He pulled out a hit on the field.
Kim Ha-seong, who succeeded in reaching base with a hit from the first inning, stepped on second base on follow-up hitter Juan Soto’s surprise bunt, giving the team a chance to score, and Manny Machado’s timely hit hit third base and dug home, succeeding in getting the first run. did.
Kim Ha-seong completed a ‘multi-hit’ right from the second at-bat. If he played the role of opening the door in the first at-bat, this time he showed off his dignity as a ‘fixer’. Kim Ha-seong pulled the 73.8-mile (approximately 118.8 km) curve that was formed toward the body of Michaelas’s first pitch in the second inning with 2 outs 1st and 2nd base, leading 1-0. The batted ball hit by Ha-sung Kim was connected to a hit that fell exquisitely in front of the left fielder, and brought the second base runner home and scored an RBI.
After that, one more dizzying scene occurred. Kim Ha-seong stepped on the third base with a timely hit by Soto, the follow-up hitter. At this time, the foul ball hit by Machado quickly headed toward third base, and Ha-seong Kim almost hit the ball. Fortunately, Ha-seong Kim narrowly avoided hitting the ball as he fell, but unfortunately he could not hit the home without a follow-up hit.
Ha-seong Kim of the San Diego Padres./Getty Images Korea
Lake Bi, unfortunately missed. However, Kim Ha-seong’s defense was solid.
Kim Ha-seong left a regret in the defense at the end of the 3rd inning. He didn’t make a mistake, it was because he missed the lake fee. At the end of the 3rd inning, the ball hit by St. Louis lead hitter Rich Palicios headed for the second baseman, where Ha-seong Kim was located, and at this time, Ha-sung Kim attempted a ‘jump catch’. However, as the ball hit Ha-sung Kim’s glove and fell, I felt the regret that the ball that could have led to the ‘super jump catch’ turned into a hit. However, the solidity of the defense was still there.메이저놀이터
In St. Louis, Machin Win’s batted ball headed toward the third baseman in the following Musa 1st base. At this time, Machado passed the ball to Kim Ha-seong to create a double hit, and Kim Ha-seong sprayed the ball to the first baseman. But here St. Louis applied for video reading. It was said that Kim Ha-seong fell off the base quickly while throwing the ball to first base after receiving Machado’s throw. However, Kim Ha-seong, who had solid basic skills, stepped on the base accurately, received the throw, and continued the follow-up play, and the decision was not overturned.
The disappointment of the 3rd episode was made up for with the lake fee in the 5th episode. In the bottom of the 5th inning, with no runners out, the ball hit by Edmon went to the left of the second baseman. At this time, Kim Ha-sung sprinted to catch the ball with his backhand, then showed a reverse action running throw, and played a hobi that changed Edman’s hit ball into an out count, ending the inning with all three out counts in the fifth inning.
Tommy ‘Hyunsoo’ Edman finished two days in a row, San Diego cried again.
Kim Ha-seong, who recorded multi-hits early in the 1st and 2nd innings, attacked Michaels’ curve once again in the third at-bat in the top of the 5th as the lead batter, but withdrew with a floating ball to the left fielder. And in the fourth at-bat of the 1st and 2nd base scoring chance in the 7th inning, which was 3-3, as a result of confronting the changed pitcher John King, the game ended with a ground ball from the 3rd baseman.
On this day, San Diego experienced a shock that was greater than the shock of the defeat of the previous day. On this day, San Diego started the game in a good mood with Machado scoring the first run in the scoring chance created by Ha-sung Kim’s hit in the first inning. And in the second inning, Kim Ha-seong and Soto made timely hits in a row, widening the gap to 3-0.
But the joy didn’t last long. In St. Louis, Wilson Contreras and Nolan Arenado scored consecutive hits in the 4th inning and got the chance to run 1st and 3rd base safely. brought the game back to square one.
It was San Diego that broke the tense flow after the tie was made. San Diego seemed to miss the scoring opportunity as Kim Ha-seong was silent in the top of the 7th inning with 1 out and 2 base. However, Soto, the follow-up hitter, hit a timely come-from-behind hit to regain the lead, and took control of the game again at 4-3. After starter Rich Hill (4 innings, 3 runs) went down, San Diego defended its lead with Luis Garcia (2 innings), Tom Cosgrove (⅓ innings), and Scott Barrow (1⅔ innings) taking the mound in turn. However, in the bottom of the ninth, the game was overturned in a single blow.
Edmon, who played as a pinch hitter the previous day (30th) and led the team to victory with an ending hit, was the same on this day. In the bottom of the 9th inning, trailing 4-3, Edmon faced San Diego’s ‘finisher’ Josh Hader with two outs on first base, and he pushed Hader’s outside sinker hard to hit a two-run four that went over the right fence and won a thrilling come-from-behind victory. . On the other hand, San Diego ended its losing series with St. Louis in a losing series for two days in a row.