Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres in the US Major League hit a multi-hit game in the last game of the first half and happily enters the All-Star break.
Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the New York Mets held at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 10th (Korean time) and recorded 2 hits and 1 run in 4 at-bats, and the team’s 6-2 contributed to the victory.안전놀이터
Kim Ha-seong was out in the process of running to third base after hitting a long hit against the Mets on the 8th. Opponent third baseman Luis Guillermo failed to touch the base completely while tagging Ha-sung Kim after pushing his foot.
Ha-seong Kim couldn’t hide his regret after the out decision came out. He responded furiously by kicking a bucket of water at him after returning to the dugout. In the process, he suffered a minor injury to his right foot and decided to play the next day.
Fortunately, Kim Ha-seong was diagnosed with no abnormalities as a result of the hospital examination, and played the game normally on the 10th. He got off to a fresh start, getting on base with a left-handed hit against Mets starter Max Scherzer from his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning.
San Diego was able to take the lead in the early stages with Ha-sung Kim’s leadoff role, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s double, and Manny Machado’s first three-run home run.
Ha-seong Kim added one more hit at the end of the 6th inning with 1 out and 1 base. He scored a multi-hit game by hitting a powerful ball that took out 3 intervals against the changed pitcher, TJ McFarland.
The defense was also perfect. In the top of the 5th inning, with no runners out, Mets Brandon Nemo caught an ambiguous hit and ended the inning with a smooth glove toss.
Ha-sung Kim’s batting average for the season rose from 0.255 to 0.258 (71 hits in 275 at-bats). With 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases, an OPS of 0.760, he showed impressive hitting and top-notch second base defense in the major leagues, further solidifying his position in the team this year, marking his third year in the big leagues.
After the end of last season, San Diego acquired Xander Bogarts from the free agent market for a total of 280 million dollars (approximately 365.2 billion won) over 10 years. In the process, Kim Ha-seong, who was the main shortstop in 2022, moved the position from shortstop to second baseman.
Ha-sung Kim’s position change has been very successful so far. His unique wide and stable defense has become more solid, and his hitting and running base are also evaluated as above average in the big leagues.
Before the start of this season, rumors of a trade to another team that needed shortstop resources were constantly raised, but as a result, not moving the team was a win-win for both Ha-sung Kim and San Diego.
Kim Ha-seong proved that he is a player who can calculate not only defense but also hitting while digesting all his infield positions. San Diego is having a hard time accumulating wins compared to last year, and without Kim Ha-sung, it would have been virtually eliminated from the competition to advance to the postseason in the first half.
Meanwhile, Kim Ha-seong will take a break until the 14th and start the second half of the season with an away game against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 15th.