In the end, the new Asian record did not come to reality.
Ha-seong “Awesome Kim” Kim (28) of the San Diego Padres continued his streak of hits in 14 consecutive games, but had to get frustrated just before setting a new Asian record. Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in the 2023 major league visiting game against the Seattle Mariners held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 9th (hereinafter Korean time).스포츠토토
On this day, San Diego had Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) – Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) – Juan Soto (left fielder) – Manny Machado (3rd baseman) – Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) – Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman) – Gary Sanchez (catcher) – Garrett Cooper (designated hitter) – Trent Grisham (center fielder) and starting pitcher Nick Martinez formed the starting lineup.
Unlike the previous day (8th), Choi Ji-man and Luis Campusano were removed from the starting lineup, and Sanchez and Cooper were newly added. Kim Ha-seong moved from third baseman to second baseman, Machado from designated hitter to third baseman, and Cronenworth moved from second baseman to first baseman.
Seattle: JP Crawford (shortstop) – Julio Rodriguez (center field) – Eugenio Suarez (third base) – Carl Rowley (designated hitter) – Teosca Hernandez (right field) – Ty Prince (first base) – Dominic Kanzon (left field) – The starting lineup was filled with Tom Murphy (catcher)-Dylan Moore (second baseman) and starting pitcher Logan Gilbert.
On this day, the interest in the game was, of course, whether or not Ha-seong Kim multi-run. Kim Ha-seong tied the record for the most times in Asian major league history by successfully reaching base in 15 consecutive games until the previous day. It is on par with Ichiro Suzuki’s record of 15 games in 2007.
However, on this day, Kim Ha-sung’s bat was cold. Kim Ha-seong, who came out as the lead batter in the top of the first inning, struck out with a ball count of 2B, 2S, swinging wrong at Seattle starting pitcher Gilbert’s 5th ball, 91 mile (146km) slider. San Diego also had to end the inning with a three-way strike as Tatis Jr. got out on a fly ball to second baseman and Soto struck out on a swing.
San Diego, which overcame the crisis with 2 outs on 1st and 3rd base at the end of the 1st inning, Machado withdrew with a fly out to right field in the top of the 2nd inning and Bogatz went to base with an infield hit to 2nd base, but Cronenworth struck out with a swing miss and Sanchez got a ground ball out to 3 baseman. He also failed to score as he withdrew.
San Diego did not score even in the top of the 3rd inning. Center fielder Rodriguez caught the lead hitter Cooper’s batted ball, and Grisham also struck out on a swing and withdrew, leaving Kim Ha-seong to bat for the second time without a runner. This time I was hit by Gilbert’s splitter. He struck out on an 86 mile (138 km) splitter on the 4th pitch on balls count 1B 2S, striking out and retiring.
In the beginning of the 4th inning, even though the golden batting order of 2~3~4, Tatis Jr., Soto and Machado, appeared, San Diego was scoreless. The same goes for the 5th inning. Bogarts failed to reach base with a flyout to second base, Cronenworth to flyout to center field, and Sanchez to strike out. In the end, San Diego allowed the opponent to score first in the bottom of the 5th inning when the bases were loaded with two outs, allowing Raleigh to walk.
San Diego, which allowed a 0-1 lead, failed to score again as all three batters struck out in the top of the 6th inning, including Kim Ha-seong. When Cooper struck out on a swing, Grisham bowed his head with a strikeout on a swing. Next, it was Kim Ha-seong’s turn. Ha-seong Kim had to withdraw with a strikeout as the umpire Doug Eddings declared a strike, although the 85-mile (137 km) splitter on the 7th pitch thrown by Gilbert on the ball count 2B 2S seemed to be out of the strike zone. Ha-seong Kim immediately protested to the referee, but the referee Eddings ignored Ha-seong Kim’s protest and ended the inning.
San Diego’s offense ended in vain, and the atmosphere cooled down as Moore hit a heavy triple in the bottom of the 6th inning and gave up a 0-2 lead. In the top of the 7th inning, the attack ended in the worst atmosphere, with Tatis Jr. and Soto striking out side by side. In the top of the 8th inning, after one out, Cronenworth made a breakthrough by hitting a double in the direction of center fielder, and after two outs, Choi Man-man, who came out as a pinch hitter in Cooper’s at-bat, walked to base, and San Diego took a chance with 2 out, 1st and 3rd base, but Grisham struck out on a swing and missed a valuable scoring opportunity.
Choi Ji-man went on base with a walk and was replaced by runner José Azocar, ending the game with one walk. Choi Ji-man’s season batting average remained at .185.
The only hope left for San Diego was an attack in the top of the ninth. Kim Ha-seong, who came out as the lead batter, dealt with relief pitcher Andres Muñoz, and even though the ball count was 2S, he hit an 86 mph slider that came in on the third pitch and scored a heavy hit. But the joy was short-lived. Tatis Jr. ended up with a shortstop grounder out, and Kim Ha-seong, who was on his way to second base, was forced out. Seattle starting pitcher Gilbert, who did not even allow Kim Ha-seong to go on base, achieved his 10th win (6th loss) of the season by striking out 12 in 7 innings and pitching well with 1 hit and no runs.
San Diego recorded 55-59 with the loss on the day, further reducing the chances of advancing to the postseason. Seattle, which is looking for a comeback in the American League wild card race, has 61 wins and 52 losses.
Kim Ha-seong, who recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats that day, maintained a batting average of .288 for the season and was satisfied with the 14-game hitting streak. However, the umpire’s decision to declare a strike on a ball that seemed to leave the strike zone in the top of the 6th inning left Kim Ha-seong with great regret.
Kim Ha-seong made a big success in the game against the Detroit Tigers on the 23rd of last month with 3 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs in 4 at-bats, including a home run, and this became the start of 15 consecutive multi-on-base runs. On the 8th, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kim Ha-seong, who succeeded in 15 consecutive multi-on-base matches with 2 hits in 5 at-bats and 1 run, and tied Ichiro’s record, hit 1 hit in the game that day, but failed to go on multi-on-base, setting a new record. this didn’t work Still, he soothed the disappointment by barely continuing his 14-game hitting streak. Ha-seong Kim has been on a streak of hits since he played an active part in the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 25th of last month with 2 hits, 3 RBIs and 2 points in 3 at-bats, including a multi-home run.
San Diego, who suffered a bitter 1 loss from the first day of the Seattle road trip, will clash with Seattle on the 10th at the same place. The game starts at 10:40 a.m. Korean time.