Kim Ha-sung, Double + Walk Against Arizona…San Diego 4-5 come-from-behind defeat
Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), whose consecutive hitting record stopped at 16 games, raised the mood again with an exciting double.
Kim Ha-sung started as a shortstop in an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2023 Major League Baseball in Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, on the 14th (Korea Standard Time) and recorded one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts in four at-bats.
Kim Ha-sung failed to set a new record for the most consecutive games in the Korean big leagues by hitting no hits in four at-bats in the previous day’s game (13th), but showed off his hot batting sense again in a day and maintained his season’s batting average of 0.286 as well.
Kim Ha-seong, who started as the lead batter in the top of the first inning, hit a double on the left side of the left line by targeting the opposing starting pitcher Brandon Parart’s 5th fastball in a 3-ball, 1-strike situation. Kim Ha-sung’s 17th double of the season.
After that, Ha-seong Kim came home when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit and scored the first goal. It was impressive to see Tatis Jr. hit home with a sprint after confirming that the ball passed second baseman Ketel Marte.
When Ha-seong Kim opened fire, San Diego launched a wave of offensive attacks. Manny Machado hit an RBI double in the ensuing one out and third base, and Jake Cronenworth’s timely hit led to a 3-0 lead.
Kim Ha-seong picked out a walk from one company in the top of the second inning and succeeded in multi-on base. However, the follow-up Taji Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto stopped hitting, so Kim Ha-seong could not come home.
Afterwards, Kim Ha-seong took two chances to score an RBI, but one shot failed. Ha-seong Kim struck out looking for a low outside fastball from Parart at 1st and 2nd base in the top of the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 5th inning, with 2nd out and 1st and 2nd bases, he struck out on a swing and bowed his head.
Ha-seong Kim was out with a ground ball to third baseman in the last at-bat in the top of the 8th inning.
San Diego suffered a 4-5 come-from-behind loss in the game that day.
San Diego, which scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning, gave up 1 run each in the bottom of the 1st and 5th innings and was chased 3-2. In the top of the 7th inning, Cronenworth’s double with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd added 1 run, but Nick Martinez hit a home run with 2 runs from pinch hitter Luardes Gurriel Jr. in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Deprived of the flow, San Diego was on the verge of being loaded with one out in the bottom of the 8th inning and allowed Alec Thomas a final sacrifice fly.
San Diego, who suffered a losing series with 1 win and 2 losses in 3 consecutive away matches with Arizona, stayed in 4th place in the National League West Division with 56 wins and 62 losses.
From the 15th to the 17th, San Diego will play three home matches against the Baltimore Orioles, who are ranked first in the American League East Division.