By Oh Sang-jin Reporter= After going hitless the previous day, Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres)’s bat was on fire again.
On August 16 (KST), Kim went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in the first inning of the Padres’ home game against the Baltimore Orioles at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA. With his sixth multi-hit game of August, Kim raised his season batting average from .283 to .285.
From his first at-bat in the first inning, Kim’s bat was hot. With a 2-2 count, Kim took a five-pitch knuckleball from Baltimore starter Zach Flaherty and hit a sharp shot that sailed over the third baseman’s head. The ball rolled to the corner of the left-field fence and Kim made it to second base with time to spare.
In the next at-bat, Fernando Tatis Jr. grounded out and Juan Soto struck out, but Kim was unable to advance. However, Flaherty suffered a sudden bout of pitching difficulties and walked three straight batters, allowing Ha-Sung Kim to score on a wild pitch. Gary Sanchez followed with a grand slam to give San Diego a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
In the second inning, Kim almost had another long ball when he batted second with the bases loaded. A four-pitch fastball from Flaherty traveled 348 feet (approximately 106.7 meters), but was caught by the left fielder in front of the left field fence.
With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning and San Diego leading 7-0, Kim completed his multi-hit game. Working with a 0-2 count, Kim lightly hit a three-pitch, hard-dropping curveball from Baltimore pitcher Nick Vespi with the tip of his bat, and as the ball hit the pitcher’s glove and rolled toward the second baseman, Kim stole first base.바카라사이트
After reaching on an infield single, Kim advanced to second on a single by Tatis Jr. but was unable to score as the next batter, Juan Soto, was retired on a fielder’s choice. Kim then grounded out to second in the fifth and to third in the eighth, ending the game without another hit.
Meanwhile, San Diego snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over first-place Baltimore (74-46, .617 winning percentage) in the American League (AL) as the offense exploded for 13 hits and 10 runs. San Diego, which is 57-33 (.475) on the season, keeps alive a flicker of hope for the final National League wild-card spot, which is 5.5 games out.