Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) led his team to victory with clever batting and running.
Ha-seong Kim started as a 7th hitter and second baseman in an away game against the Minnesota Twins in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) held at Target Field in Minneapolis, USA on the 10th (Korean time), recording 1 hit and 1 run in 4 at-bats.
Ha-seong Kim recorded a multi-hit game against the Los Angeles Dodgers the day before (9th). His record against Minnesota was rather mediocre, but his performance was extraordinary.
Kim Ha-seong made his first at-bat with 2 out 1 base in the beginning of the 2nd inning and faced opposing starting pitcher Louis Barland. A low course slider came in at an unfavorable ball count (1 ball-2 strikes), but he tried an uppercut swing even with his body unbalanced and made it a hit that landed in front of the left fielder. His striking concentration stood out.
Even in the 7th at bat against 1-1, he barely hit the low sweeper of opposing pitcher Griffin Jax. While the ball flowed to the right side of the infield, Kim Ha-seong sprinted. Minnesota first baseman Alex Kirilov, who caught a slow batted ball, threw it to the pitcher who entered the base cover in an unstable position, and Ha-seong Kim stepped on the base first. The official record is a throwing error by first baseman Kirirov.
Ha-seong Kim reached second base as the follow-up hitter, Trent Grisham, got a walk. Showtime again. Successfully stealing third base in a match between Jax and Austin Nola.
San Diego manager Bob Melvin did not miss the opportunity when the Minnesota infield was cluttered. Instructing hitter Nola to squeeze bunt. 메이저놀이터
The batted ball went to the right side, and Kim Ha-seong, who had good running ability, had already reached home by the time Jax caught the ball. perfect operation. San Diego took a 2-1 lead and added one more point on the ensuing offense. In the beginning of the ninth inning, he scored an additional 3 points and solidified his winning streak. San Diego won 6-1, ending a two-game losing streak.
Kim Ha-seong maintained the previous batting average (0.229). He recorded a batting average of 0.304 in 7 games he played in May, leaving a batting average of 10% (0.177), erasing a sluggish April.