Kim “Awesome Kim” Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) doubled and scored a run to lead his team to victory.
Starting at third base and batting first in the lineup, Kim went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Padres’ win over the Miami Marlins at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Thursday (July 24).안전놀이터
Kim’s season batting average remained at .280. Her season totals now stand at 118 hits, 72 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.816. San Diego avenged a 4-0 sweep of Miami the day before with a two-run homer and a complete-game shutout by Zander Bogaerts.
Leadoff hitter Kim Ha-seong’s bat came alive in the first inning.
Leading off the inning, the Cy Young winner took a three-pitch at-bat from Miami starter Sandy Alcantara and smashed a two-run double that landed in front of the left-field fence.
His hips dropped at the moment of impact, but the ball landed on a perfect course that the defense couldn’t catch, and he used his quick feet to sprint to second base for the long ball.
Kim’s running sense continued to shine on the next play. In the next at-bat, Tatis Jr. hit a grounder to third base. Kim quickly stole third base. Juan Soto followed with an easy single to right field, scoring Kim for his 72nd RBI of the season, thanks to the smart play of the runner in front of him.
Kim stepped up to the plate again in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, but this time he took advantage of the first pitch and grounded out to second base.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Kim drew his third walk of the day with the bases loaded after a Cooper single. He battled Alcantara, and on a 2S-0B pitch count, he took a three-pitch at-bat for a big hit, but was left stranded on a fly ball to right field.
The fourth at-bat of the seventh inning proved to be the biggest disappointment. Cooper singled and Grisham grounded out to put runners in scoring position, and Kim kept fouling off Alcantara’s fastball, which was mostly outside the strike zone, to put pressure on the pitcher.
He finally pushed the seventh pitch hard, but unfortunately, it went straight into the glove of first baseman Josh Bell. Unfortunately, the pitch had a bad trajectory and was a line drive out, but it was a strong enough hit that it would have been a run-scoring hit if it hadn’t.
With no further at-bats coming, Kim finished the day 1-for-4 with a walk.
The game ended with a 4-0 victory for San Diego, avenging their 0-3 loss the day before.
San Diego starter Seth Lugo earned the win with six innings of three-hit ball, one walk and four strikeouts. The bullpen struggled, but also pitched three scoreless innings.
In the top of the ninth, San Diego closer Joe Hader was shaken by a lack of focus in a non-save situation, allowing a run to score. However, he settled down and kept the game scoreless with three strong pitches and a strikeout.
At the plate, No. 5 hitter Zander Bogaerts came through with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. The center fielders, Soto with a leadoff single in the first inning and Tatis Jr. with a crucial RBI single in the seventh, helped the team cruise to victory.
San Diego is now 61-67 on the season, good for fourth place in the National League West. Miami is now 65-63 on the season and in third place in the National League East.