Ha-Sung Kim (27, San Diego Padres) hit the game-winning hit to lead his team to a thrilling victory.
Kim started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in the Padres’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday (Sept. 19).
San Diego defeated Arizona 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, led by Kim’s RBI double and Fernando Tatis Jr.’s two-run homer.
San Diego, at 59-64, maintained a five-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds (64-59) for the third National League wild card.
The two teams played to a tight 0-0 tie on the day.
San Diego, in particular, was locked in a no-hitter, failing to record a single hit until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Juan Soto got the team’s first hit with a double, but it didn’t lead to a run.
Kim Ha-seong, the leadoff hitter, couldn’t get the offense going either. He reached on a throwing error by the shortstop in the first inning, but failed to steal second base, and was stranded in the fourth and sixth innings.
But it was Kim’s single in the eighth inning that stood out.
After Gary Sanchez led off with a walk, San Diego got a lucky infield hit when pinch-hitter Ben Gemmell laid down a sacrifice bunt. Trent Grisham then laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third.
Kim stepped up to the plate and, on a two-strike, unfavorable pitch count, hit Miguel Castro’s 83.6-mph (134.5-kilometer) slider hard. The ball rolled through the Arizona infield and into center field, bringing home two runners.
Kim Ha-Sung broke the 0-0 tie with an RBI single, and Tatis Jr. immediately followed with his 20th home run of the season to extend the lead to 4-0. 온라인카지노 It was Tatis Jr.’s third 20-homer season in as many seasons, joining 2019 (22) and 2021 (42).
San Diego closed out the game in the top of the ninth, with reliever Josh Hader striking out three.
Kim maintained his season batting average at .281 and increased his RBI total to 44. He also moved within 15 of the single-season record for RBIs (59).