Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres), who had been active on three bases the previous day (3rd), succeeded in marching 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. It was Kim Ha-seong, who played a calm defense no matter where he was deployed. 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. 메이저놀이터
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.