San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong finally broke his no-hit silence. He showed his ‘presence’ from the beginning of the game and contributed greatly to the team’s victory, finishing the game with a great performance. On the other hand, Choi Ji-man, who suffered an injury, once again failed to produce his first hit since his transfer.
Ha-seong Kim started as a second baseman and first hitter in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Oakland Athletics held at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California on the 17th (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 run, and 1 walk. . The season batting average fell slightly from 0.266 to 0.265.
Kim Ha-seong is making strides toward a ‘career high’ season based on his good performance, to the point where he is called the hottest hitter in the major league this year. However, his pace has dropped noticeably recently. A situation in which he is feeling great physical strain. In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, he said, “It’s really hard,” and he’s giving it his all.
Ha-seong Kim took a break for one game after being silent with no hits in 4 at-bats in the game against the LA Dodgers on the 14th, but the day before (16th) he did not produce a single hit while entering 6 at-bats. Because of this, his monthly batting average dropped to 0.160. However, the pledge to “do my best to help the team win with top-level play” was not empty words.
The previous day (the 16th), Ha-seong Kim was silent with no hits, but got one walk, and even with a broken ankle, he made his 36th stolen base of the season, becoming the second Asian major leaguer to reach 40 stolen bases after the ‘legend’ Ichiro Suzuki. done. And on the 18th, Ha-seong Kim did everything he could, including hits and walks.
# ‘Multiple on base’ created in 5 games
Although his batting skills have not been good recently, as if his ‘eyes’ are not sluggish, Ha-seong Kim showed off his good pitching ability from the first inning. Ha-Seong Kim faced Oakland starter Mason Miller in his first at-bat in the first inning. Ha-seong Kim succeeded in getting on base in his first at-bat after a tenacious battle that lasted until 7 pitches, including filtering out balls in the count and creating a foul in a disadvantageous situation between Miller and 1B-2S, and getting a walk.
Ha-seong Kim’s on-base lead immediately led to a score. Ha-seong Kim settled into scoring position by stepping on third base on follow-up hitter Fernando Tatis Jr.’s double along the right-field line. Here, he got off to a good start by scoring home on Juan Soto’s sacrifice fly to give San Diego the first point.
The result in the second at-bat was a little disappointing. Ha-seong Kim faced off against pitcher Luis Medina, who had been replaced, in the top of the second inning with a 2-0 lead and no runners on base with one out. Ha-seong Kim created an advantageous situation for 3B-1S by filtering out three of Medina’s balls and watching one ball enter the strike zone. On the fifth pitch, he targeted a 97.1 mile (approximately 156.3 km) fastball that was driven into the middle of the strike zone, but the shortstop He retired with a ground ball. It was a big disappointment because it was a hit that would have resulted in a true hit if conditions were good.
However, Ha-seong Kim washed away the regret he felt in his second at-bat in his third at-bat. In the top of the third inning, trailing 2-1, Ha-seong Kim once again clashed with Medina in the top of the third inning with two outs and runners on first base, and this time, he stuck out his bat to a 94.3 mph (approximately 151.8 km) sinker that went out of the strike zone and into the body. Ha-seong Kim’s batted ball hit the inside of the bat and floated toward second base, and he pulled out a missed hit that went over Jack Gerloff’s head, breaking the silence of no hits.
This time, Ha-seong Kim’s on-base lead directly led to San Diego’s scoring. In the first and third base chances created by Kim Ha-seong’s hit, San Diego expanded the bases into a chance with the bases loaded as Tatis Jr. got a walk, and Soto recorded a push-out walk to run away with one more run, widening the gap to 3-1.
Ha-seong Kim finished the game without any additional hits or on base at the plate. Ha-seong Kim struck out on a foul tip from pitcher Easton Lucas, who had been replaced in the top of the 5th inning with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd base with a 5-1 lead, and in his 5th at-bat with 1 out and no runners in the top of the 8th inning, he struck out on a slider that went out of the strike zone. As he retired, he finished the game with 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 walk, and 1 run.
His duties at the plate may have been completed, but his defense in the bottom of the 9th inning was outstanding. In the bottom of the 9th inning, with San Diego leading 5-2, with one out and runners on first base, Nick Allen’s batted ball headed toward second baseman. At this time, Ha-seong Kim ran at his best and caught the batted ball, and he showed off his defensive sense by handing the ball to Xander Bogaerts with a ‘backhand glove toss’. Although it was disappointing that it didn’t result in a double play, it was enough to elicit admiration. Thanks to the defense of Ha-seong Kim, who blocked hits, ‘finisher’ Josh Hader maintained the 3-point lead, and Ha-seong Kim contributed greatly to the team’s victory.
# Return after a month. He succeeded in getting on base, but did not come up with another hit.
Choi Ji-man, who was traded to San Diego before this year’s trade deadline and could only play in 7 games, suffered a rib injury after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 12th of last month and left the line. And during his long hiatus, he began a rehabilitation game on the 6th, and during this process, some bad news was delivered.
Some local media reported that Choi Ji-man suffered an ankle fracture while playing his rehabilitation game. But fortunately this was not true. And Choi Ji-man, who had been steadily working on his rehabilitation, was먹튀검증 called up to the big league the day before (16th). Although Choi Ji-man was not named in the starting lineup upon his call-up, he appeared together with Kim Ha-seong that day. First baseman, hitter number 6.
After moving to San Diego, Choi Ji-man was unable to score a single hit and was silent, and on this day as well, he failed to produce a hit. First of all, it started well. Choi Ji-man started the game by getting the same walk as Kim Ha-seong against Oakland starting pitcher Mason Miller in his first at-bat with 2 outs and 1 base in the top of the first inning with a 2-0 lead. But silence continued after that.
Choi Ji-man faced Luis Medina from his second at-bat with 2 outs and 1 base on the top of the 3rd inning, and attacked a curve that fell to the low course on the 5th pitch from 1B-2S, but was dismissed by a ground ball to the first baseman. And in his third at-bat with 1st base and no outs in the 4th inning, he and Medina went all the way to the 7th pitch, but struck out on a changeup that fell low in the strike zone on the 7th pitch.
And no more opportunities were provided to Choi Ji-man. Choi Ji-man played until the bottom of the 6th inning and was replaced by Garrett Cooper before coming to the plate as the leadoff hitter in the top of the 7th, putting his head down
# The dream of fall baseball is not over yet. San Diego, on a three-game winning streak,
took the lead from the beginning of the game and did not let go until the end of the game. San Diego opened the first inning with leadoff hitter Kim Ha-seong getting a walk, then Soto took the lead with a sacrifice fly at 2nd and 3rd base with no outs on Tatis Jr.’s double, and Xander Bogaerts hit a timely hit to take the lead to 2-0. Succeeded in subduing
Auckland wasn’t alone. In the top of the third inning, Oakland had a chance to get on first and third base with Nick Allen’s double and Tony Kemp’s single, and Ryan Noda traded his own out for a run to keep San Diego on their heels. Then, San Diego maintained a two-run gap in the top of the fourth inning when Soto got a walk.
It was in the 6th inning that San Diego clearly defeated Oakland’s pursuit. In San Diego’s chance created by Luis Campusano’s body hit and Trent Grisham’s walk, Brett Sullivan recorded a ground ball to first base, where Oakland made two errors, widening the gap to 5-1.
Oakland hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not easy to close the gap. San Diego tied up the Oakland batting lineup without allowing a run after the 6th inning, winning 5-2 and running for their 3rd consecutive win.
with no hits in 8 consecutive games since moving to San Diego.