Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) reported hits and runs, clearing away the disappointment of striking out three times in a row.
On the 8th (Korean time), Kim Ha-seong started as a shortstop in the 2023 Major League Interleague home game against the Seattle Mariners held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and contributed to the team’s complete victory with 1 hit and 1 goal in 5 at-bats.
Kim Ha-seong took his first at-bat in the second inning with a 1-0 lead and one out and first base. He met Seattle starter George Kirby and put up a tenacious fight that went all the way to a full count, but was retiring after swinging and striking out on a 96.4 mph (155 km) high fastball in the sixth pitch.
In the 3rd inning, which led 4-0, 2 out 1 and 3 base chances were also not saved. This time, he struck out on the same swing with a 96.6 mile (155 km) high fastball on the 4th pitch against 1B-2S against Kirby.
He also missed his third at-bat. In the 5th inning with a 5-0 lead, he had a chance for 1st and 2nd base. Runners advanced one base at a time due to a wild fight, and the risk of double play disappeared, but Matt Brassey struck out again on a swing. He failed to respond to a slider that fell on the 5th pitch from 2B-2S.
Kim Ha-seong made a hit to wash away the sluggishness in the fourth at-bat. Appearing as the lead in the 8th inning with an 8-0 lead, he attacked the 91.5 mile (147 km) four-seam fastball of the changed pitcher Chris Flexen and connected it with a left-handed hit. It was the first hit in two games since the match against the Chicago Cubs on the 6th. Flexen, who played an active role as the fall ace of the Doosan Bears in 2020, won 14 wins in Seattle the following year and wrote a KBO reverse export myth.
Ha-seong Kim reached third base through second base with Trent Grisham’s follow-up walk and wild throw, and even scored a run away when Fernando Tatis Jr.’s shortstop grounder.
The last at-bat was an unfortunate hit. In the 8th inning, leading 10-3, after watching Flexen’s first pitch strike with 2 out and 1st baseman, he properly pulled the cutter on the 2nd pitch, but it was blocked by shortstop Jose Caballero’s lake rain and turned into an infield grounder.
Kim Ha-seong’s season batting average, which added one hit, slightly decreased from 24/7 to 2/46.
San Diego beat Seattle 10-3 to avenge the 1-4 loss the previous day. Season 29 wins 33 losses. Starter Michael Waka won his 6th win (2 losses) of the season with 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and no runs, and in the other lineup, Juan Soto led the attack with 5 hits and 4 RBIs, and Gary Sanchez led the attack with 2 hits and 3 RBIs including a home run. . 먹튀검증
On the other hand, Seattle, which failed to win streak, collapsed again with a 50% win rate. 30 wins and 31 losses. The starter Kirby failed to overcome the early steel plate with 11 hits (1 home run), 3 strikeouts and 5 runs in 3⅔ innings.