Silence escape + backhand glove toss! Kim Ha-sung, 1 hit, 1 walk, ‘crazy presence’…”Return” Choi Ji-man’s first hit, “Failed again.”
The San Diego Padres’ Ha-Sung Kim finally broke his no-hitter silence. He made his presence felt from the very beginning of the game and finished the game with a big hit to help his team win. On the other hand, Choi Man-ji, who has been recovering from an injury, failed to produce his first hit since his transfer.
Kim started at second base and batted first in the lineup against the Oakland Athletics at the Lincecum Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S.A., on Sept. 17 (KST), going 1-for-4 with one run scored and one walk. His batting average dropped slightly on the season, from .266 to .265.먹튀검증
Kim has been called the hottest hitter in the majors this year and is on pace for a “career-high” season. However, his pace has noticeably slowed down recently. He is feeling the physical strain. In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, he said, “It’s really hard,” and that he’s giving it his all.
Kim took a game off after going 0-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, but the day before (April 16), he failed to produce a single hit in six at-bats. His monthly batting average dropped to .160. However, his vow to “play at the highest level and do my best to help the team win” was not an empty one.
The day before, on the 16th, Kim went hitless but drew a walk and stole his 36th stolen base of the season, making him the second Asian major leaguer to reach the 40-stolen base mark after “legend” Ichiro Suzuki. On the 18th, Kim did everything he could to get a hit and a walk.
5 Multi-RBI games in a row
Despite his recent struggles with his bat, Kim started off the game with a bang. In his first at-bat, Kim faced Oakland starter Mason Miller. Kim battled through a seven-pitch at-bat to draw a walk, working the count to 1B-2S and drawing a foul.
Kim’s run was quickly converted into a run. The next batter, Fernando Tatis Jr. doubled down the right field line and stole third base to put himself in scoring position. From there, he drove home Juan Soto on a sacrifice fly to give San Diego the lead for good.
The second at-bat was a bit more disappointing. Kim faced Luis Medina with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the second inning. He fouled off three pitches from Medina and then watched one come into the strike zone, giving him a 3B-1S advantage, but on the fifth pitch, a 97.1 mph fastball in the middle of the strike zone, he fouled it off to shortstop. It was disappointing because it was a pitch that would have been a home run if he had been in better shape.
However, Kim erased the disappointment of his second at-bat with his third. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the third inning, Kim faced Medina again with two outs and one on, this time on a 94.3 mph (151.8 km/h) sinker that dug into the body and out of the strike zone. The ball hit the inside of Kim’s bat and sailed toward the second baseman, sailing over the head of Zack Geloff to break the no-hitter.
Once again, Kim’s RBI single led to a run for San Diego. With runners on first and third off of Kim’s hit, the Padres loaded the bases when Tatis Jr. drew a walk and scored when Soto drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Kim finished the game without another hit or a walk in his next at-bat. With runners on second and third in scoring position in the top of the fifth inning with a 5-1 lead, Kim was foul-tipped by reliever Easton Lucas, and in his fifth at-bat with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, he was struck out on a slider that sailed out of the strike zone, finishing the game 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
His work at the plate may have been done, but his defense in the bottom of the ninth was nothing short of spectacular. With San Diego leading 5-2 and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Allen hit a grounder to the second baseman, who sprinted out to make the catch and then made a sensational backhanded glove toss to Xander Bogaerts. It didn’t turn out to be the game-winning hit, but it was enough to inspire admiration. Kim’s defense allowed Josh Hader to protect the three-run lead, and Kim helped the team win the game.
A month-long comeback. He got on base, but not another hit.
After being traded to San Diego at the trade deadline this year and appearing in just seven games, Choi was sidelined with a rib injury after a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 12. After a long layoff, he began a rehabilitation stint on March 6, which was met with some bad news.
Some local media outlets reported that Choi suffered a fractured ankle during his rehabilitation game, but fortunately, this was not the case, and he was called up to the big leagues the day before on the 16th. While Choi didn’t make the starting lineup immediately upon his call-up, he did play alongside Kim Ha-seong on the day. First baseman, batting sixth.
Choi had been silent since his move to San Diego, failing to produce a single hit, and today was no different. It started out well. Choi started the game with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, drawing the same walk that Kim did against Oakland starter Mason Miller. But then came the silence.
Choi faced Luis Medina in his second at-bat with two outs in the top of the third and hit a five-pitch curveball low to the body at 1B-2S, but was retired on a grounder to the first baseman. In his third at-bat with the bases loaded in the fourth, he battled Medina for seven pitches, but struck out swinging on a changeup that dropped low in the strike zone.
There were no more opportunities for Choi. Choi played through the bottom of the sixth before being replaced by Garrett Cooper to lead off the seventh, ending his eight-game hitless streak since joining San Diego.
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San Diego took an early lead and didn’t relinquish it until the end of the game. The Dodgers opened the scoring in the first inning when Ha-Sung Kim drew a leadoff walk, Tatis Jr. doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs, Soto followed with a sacrifice fly, and Xander Bogaerts hit a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.
The A’s weren’t done yet. The A’s put runners on first and third in the top of the third on a Nick Allen double and a Tony Kemp single, and Ryan Noda drew a walk with one out to pull within one run of San Diego. The Dodgers answered in the top of the fourth on a Soto groundout to short.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that San Diego put the game out of reach. The Dodgers capitalized on a Luis Camposano walk, a Trent Grisham single, and a Brett Sullivan grounder to first base, which was capitalized on by two Oakland errors to extend the lead to 5-1.
The A’s responded in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run by Geloff, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. San Diego held the Oakland bats scoreless in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win 5-2 and extend their winning streak to three games.