Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) took a step closer to the first record in Asia. ‘KBO Reverse Export Myth’ Meryl Kelly once again showed her spicy taste. The loss of the team was tee in the ok.
Ha-seong Kim started as the first batter and third baseman in the first game of the double header of the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 20th (Korean time), 1 hit in 4 at-bats (1 home run) Recorded 1 strikeout, 1 RBI and 1 run.
As a result, Kim Ha-sung’s batting average for the season was maintained at 0.281 (114 runs in 405 at-bats), and his on-base percentage slightly decreased from 0.372 to 0.370, but his slugging percentage rose from 0.438 to 0.442 with a home run. He also increased his OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) to 0.812.
San Diego, which started with two runs in the first inning, chased after Arizona with Kim Ha-sung’s solo shot and Manny Machado’s multi-homer, but could not make up for starter Matt Waldron’s five runs in five innings and lost 4-6.
San Diego, who did not have a winning streak ahead of the 60-win notice, stayed in 4th place in the National League (NL) Western Division with 59-65. In the wild card competition, it was 7th in the NL and could not close the gap with the top teams.
On the other hand, Arizona, which ranked third in the same district, had 63 wins and 61 losses, and had a four-game win over San Diego. Game 2 of the doubleheader will be held shortly after at 9:40 am.
San Diego has Kim Ha-seong (third baseman) – Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) – Juan Soto (left fielder) – Machado (designated hitter) – Xander Bogatz (shortstop) – Jake Cronenworth (second baseman) – Luis Campusano (catcher) – Matt Carpenter (first baseman)-Trent Grisham (center fielder) started the game with starting pitcher Waldron.
Arizona’s Corbin Carroll (Right Field) – Kettel Marte (Second Base) – Tommy Pham (DH) – Christian Walker (First Base) – Laudes Gurriel Jr. (Left Field) – Alec Thomas (Center Field) – Jace Peterson (Third Base) -Jose Herrera (catcher)-Gerardo Ferdomo (shortstop) formed the starting lineup. The starting pitcher was Merrill Kelly.
Ha-seong Kim’s MLB 5th leadoff home run, ‘KBO reverse export myth’ sounded again
San Diego’s starter Waldron gave up a double to Corbin Carroll and a walk to Walker in the top of the first inning, and in the second out, Gurriel Jr. got an RBI hit and gave up the first run. After that, Thomas also got a right-handed hit and started the game with a 0-2 disadvantage.
Ha-seong Kim pulled the reins of the chase. Kim Ha-seong, who came out as the lead batter at the end of the first inning, watched a low ball against Kelly, the “KBO reverse export myth”. He went aggressive on the second pitch. A four-seam fastball at 90.8 miles per hour (146.1 km) was thrown high toward the body, and Kim Ha-seong’s bat turned vigorously. The batted ball flew 115 m at a speed of 101.3 miles (163 km) per hour and passed the left middle month.
It was his fifth leadoff home run since his MLB debut and his 16th home run of the season after 15 games since the game against the Colorado Rockies on the 3rd.
From 2015 to 2018, he faced off with Kelly in the KBO League, and his opponent’s record was not good with a batting average of 0.207 (6 hits in 29 bats) and 1 home run, but after advancing to the big leagues, the aspect changed somewhat. Until today’s game, he has a batting average of 0.286 (2 hits in 7 at-bats), 2 home runs and 2 RBIs, instilling fear in Kelly with a big shot.
Kim Ha-seong stood in the 4th at-bat with no runners in the 7th inning, trailing 3-6, but in a full count match with pitcher Kevin Jinkel in the 3rd, he returned with a 7-pitch slider and a 2nd baseman pop fly.
At the end of the ninth inning, when the team was trailing 4-6, Ha-seong Kim stood at bat again. Opponent closer Paul Seawald took the mound, but Campusano walked and Garrett Cooper got on base with a hit ball. Grisham advanced all two runners to the base with a first baseman ground ball, and Kim Ha-seong, who came out from 2nd and 3rd base, swallowed regret by stepping back with a 6-pitch 93.5 miles per hour (150.5 km) four-seam fastball and a first baseman pop fly after a full count.
Kelley hit 2 homers, but… the collapsed starting pitcher lost the first game of DH
San Diego opened fire with Ha-seong Kim’s home run, and Ha-sung Kim’s ‘best friend’ Machado hit a solo shot in the first inning, balancing the game 2-2.
But Reed didn’t last long. In the top of the 3rd inning, Pam hit a triple, and when Waldron grounded Walker’s second baseman, the game turned 2-3 again. San Diego tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the 4th inning with Campusano’s double and Carpenter’s left-handed hit, but in the 5th inning, Waldron hit a two-run home run by Pam, leading the team to 3-5.
Kim Ha-seong pulled Kelly’s low sinker in the second inning with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd base, but failed to take advantage of the opportunity as he retreated with a shortstop ground ball. He struck out on an outside four-seam fastball, striking out on a swing.먹튀검증
San Diego sent up Tom Cosgrove in place of Matt Waldron in the top of the 6th inning, but allowed Thomas to hit and Peterson to walk, Herrera’s sacrifice bunt, and Ferdomo’s sacrifice fly to give up one more run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Machado hit a home run that went over the fence in right field to Jinkel. His 23rd home run for the second time on this day alone. But the chase ended here. San Diego made it to 2nd and 3rd base against Arizona closer SeaWorld, and even after Kim Ha-seong stepped down with a pop fly to 1st base, Tatis Jr. walked on base and set the table for the full bases table.
At bat, Soto, who was strong with 4 hits in 5 at-bats against Sea World, came out, but the hard hit was sucked into the left fielder’s glove in front of the warning track, leaving regret.
Kelly threw 102 pitches in 5⅓ innings, giving up 5 hits (2 home runs), 4 walks, 3 strikeouts and 3 runs, but earned his 10th win (5 losses) of the season. He had a 3.13 earned run average (ERA). After 2019 (13-14), which was his MLB debut season, and last year (13-8), he recorded his third double-digit victory.
Kim Ha-seong, 亞’s first record is visible… Only 4 home runs left until 20-20
Kim Ha-seong, who is already 5th in the NL with 27 stolen bases, moved one step closer to 20 (home runs)-20 (stealed bases) with a home run that day.
San Diego has 38 games left. Kim Ha-seong, who is hitting one home run every 7.5 games, will reach 20 home runs even if he adds just one home run every 9 games.
If he hits 20 home runs, he will become the first Asian infielder to join the 20-20 club.
Among Asian players from MLB, only two joined the 20-20 club: outfielder Choo Shin-soo (2009, 2010, 2013) and pitcher and designated hitter Ohtani Shohei (Japan, LA Angels, 2021). It was a wall that no one could cross among infielders with a heavy defensive burden. Ha-seong Kim is approaching that limit.