San Diego Padres’ Kim Ha-seong, 28, exploded for his first career multi-hit game. In front of his KBO counterpart and a pioneer in his path to the major leagues, Kim accelerated his quest to become the first Asian to reach the big leagues.
Kim batted first and third against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, on Friday (25 July), and blasted a three-homer game. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, two runs scored and one walk. His batting average rose to 2 for 7 on the season and his OPS jumped from .784 to .810.
Kim’s bat exploded in the first inning. Kim led off the first inning with a two-pitch, one-strike at-bat, launching a four-pitch 92.8 mph fastball over the left-centre field fence for a solo shot. It was his 13th home run of the season and third leadoff blast.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, he cleared the fence again. Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth, with runners on first and second and two outs, he lifted a four-pitch 83.8-mph slider over the wall in left-centre. It was his 14th home run of the season and the first multi-homer game of his major league career.
With his first career multi-homer game, Kim had one of the best days of his career, and the iconic 20-homer plateau is no longer a pipe dream. With 18 doubles on the board, he is also within striking distance of becoming the first Asian infielder to join the 20-homer, 20-double club. With six home runs in July alone, it’s still not out of reach at the rate he’s been going, so he’s definitely on a roll at the moment.
Coincidentally, Kang Jung-ho, Kim Ha-seong’s predecessor as the Heroes’ shortstop, was in attendance at Petco Park in San Diego. He hosted a live broadcast of the ‘Intuition Verification’ on his YouTube channel, ‘King Kang’. He cheered for his junior every time he batted, and when he hit a home run, he jumped up and down, shouting “jackpot” like it was his job. He exclaimed in admiration that his successor now had the pace to outrun him.온라인카지노
Kang Jeong-ho became the first KBO shortstop to hit 40 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2014 in a Heroes uniform before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball in 2015. After dominating the shortstop position in the KBO, the “King of Peace” carried his momentum to the major leagues. In 2015, Kang established himself as a dominant infielder, batting .288 with 15 home runs, 58 RBIs and an OPS of .816 in 126 games (121-for-421). A season-ending “killer tackle” that fractured his tibia prevented him from completing the full season. The following year, he played fewer games but showed an upgrade in power. In 103 games (318 at-bats, 81 hits), he batted just 2-for-5, but produced 21 home runs, 62 RBIs, and an OPS of .867.
His major league career didn’t go as smoothly as it should have, as he was later caught driving under the influence of alcohol, but he still made history as the first Asian infielder in the major leagues.
Taking over Kang’s spot on the Heroes, Kim followed in his footsteps and made it to the major leagues. And now, he’s on his way to breaking new ground and making history as the first Asian-born major league infielder.