Ha-seong Kim (27, San Diego) led the team to victory with an important hit in six games.
Ha-seong Kim started as the 7th batter and 3rd baseman in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) away game against Arizona held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 23rd, and played an active role with 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 RBIs in 3 at-bats. The season batting average of Ha-seong Kim, who hit in six games after the match against Milwaukee on the 17th, rose from 0.197 to 0.203 (14 hits in 69 at-bats).
Kim Ha-seong, who was trailing 1-2 as the lead batter in the top of the second inning, threw a sinking fastball that spanned the outside strike zone on the 5th pitch from the ball count 1B-2S against Arizona starter Merrill Kelly and was out. In the second at-bat in the 5th inning, as the lead batter, he walked and stepped on first base.
The hit came in the top of the 6th inning, trailing 2-3. Kim Ha-seong pulled the slider on the side of the first ball against left-handed bullpen Kyle Nelson in the chance to load the bases with two outs, and hit a timely hit with two RBIs. It was a valuable hit that broke the silence of 6 games and no hits in 16 at bats.
Ha-seong Kim tried a surprise bunt in the 8th inning, the last time at bat, with 2 out and 1 base, but the ball flew high and was out due to a foul fly by the catcher. San Diego defeated Arizona 5-3 thanks to Kim Ha-sung’s timely hit in the final. 스포츠토토
Kim Ha-seong also performed outstandingly in defense. In the bottom of the 6th inning when the game was overturned to 3-4, Arizona had no runners out, and Ruedes Gurriel Jr. hit a deep ball toward third base. Kim Ha-seong went outside the third base foul line, caught the ball, and then threw the ball to first base in reverse action. Kim Ha-seong’s throw was accurately one-bound and found first baseman Cronenworth’s mitt. It was a scene where Kim Ha-sung’s strong shoulder and quickness shined. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Kim Ha-seong caught the ball from Arizona’s lead hitter, Kettel Martel, by stepping back with quick judgment. He then went around one lap and increased the out count with a stable throw.
Kim Ha-seong has mainly played second base this season, moving back and forth between shortstop and third base, keeping the infield firm with stable defense.