Kim Ha-seong, potential to become the first Asian infielder to make history ↑ ‘Even Ichiro is summoned’ All-time last-minute steal pace… Contributes to SD’s 9th inning comeback win

There is a growing possibility that Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) will make history as the first Asian infielder. Achieving 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases at the same time. Until now, there has not been a single Asian infielder who has joined the 20 (home run)-40 (stealing base) club.스포츠토토

Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) away game against the LA Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on the 12th (Korean time), going 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 1. He scored and stole 1 base.

Ha-seong Kim succeeded in hitting in two consecutive games following the game against Houston the previous day (11th). The season batting average fell slightly from 0.271 to 0.270. Ha-seong Kim played in 140 of the team’s 145 games this season, batting average of 0.270 (132 hits in 488 at-bats), 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 80 runs, 20 doubles, 0 triples, 68 walks, 109 strikeouts, and 35 stolen bases (8 failed steals). ) The on-base percentage is 0.361, the slugging percentage is 0.416, and the OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is 0.777.
On this day, the San Diego Padres consisted of Ha-seong Kim (second baseman) – Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) – Juan Soto (left fielder) – Manny Machado (designated hitter) – Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) – Jurickson Profar (first baseman) – Luis Campusano ( The starting batting order was set in this order: catcher) – Matthew Batton (third baseman) – Trent Grisham (center fielder). The starting pitcher is Pedro Avila.

In response, the LA Dodgers are Mookie Betts (second baseman) – Freddie Freeman (first baseman) – Will Smith (catcher) – Max Muncy (third baseman) – JD Martinez (designated hitter) – Jason Hayward (right fielder) – Chris Taylor (left fielder) -James Outman (center fielder) -Miguel Rojas (shortstop) formed the starting lineup in that order. The starting pitcher was Gavin Stone.

Ha-seong Kim’s bat began to shine from the first inning. Ha-seong Kim selected a high ball near the body on the first and second pitches, and then pulled a 92.5 mile (148.8km) cutter that was slightly low in the strike zone on the third pitch, creating a left-field hit. Dodgers third baseman Muncy failed to handle the low ground ball and missed it, resulting in a left-field hit. When Ha-Seong Kim got on base, the Dodgers battery had no choice but to get busy. Ha-seong Kim calmly overcame Dodgers starting pitcher Stone’s first and second checks and then boldly stole second base. Ha-seong Kim, who slid from second base, succeeded in stealing his 35th base of the season. Dodgers catcher Smith showed off his strength and threw the ball to second base, but Ha-seong Kim was faster. As a result, the opposing battery tenaciously kept the ball in check, but it was a moment when Kim Ha-seong’s base running sense shone as he was able to overcome even the check. After sliding, his helmet came off.

With this stolen base, Ha-seong Kim became the first individual, as well as the first Asian infielder, to reach 40 stolen bases with just five left. In fact, the record for most stolen bases in Asia is held by Japan’s ‘living legend’ Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro stole 56 bases with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 season, his first year in the major leagues. Ichiro hit 8 home runs that year. He then reached the 40-steal mark five times: 45 stolen bases (9 home runs) in the 2006 season, 43 stolen bases (6 home runs) in the 2008 season, 42 stolen bases (6 home runs) in the 2010 season, and 40 stolen bases (5 home runs) in the 2011 season. For reference, Ichiro’s most home runs in a season is 15, recorded in the 2005 season, which is less than Kim Ha-seong’s current number of home runs (17 home runs).

In Asian history, there has not been a single infielder who has achieved 20 (home runs) and 20 (stealed bases). If Ha-seong Kim hits just three home runs, he will achieve a record of not only 20-20 but also 20-30. The current situation is looking at 20-40 here. Not even Ichiro could achieve 20-20, and only two Asian players, Shohei Ohtani (LAA) and Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers), have achieved it. What is surprising is Kim Ha-seong’s last-minute monster-like instinct to steal bases. Ha-seong Kim succeeded in stealing 5 bases in March and April, but only managed 4 steals in May and June. But he started to pick up the pace in July, stealing eight bases in July and August each. And with not even half way through September, he has made six. At his current pace, it looks like he could even record 10 or more stolen bases in September alone. In this case, we can also look forward to his dream of reaching 40 stolen bases. What’s even more surprising is that there hasn’t been a single stolen base failure in September.
In the end, Kim Ha-seong, who was on second base, scored the team’s first run by hitting home on Soto’s timely hit to left after one out. Ha-seong Kim stood at bat for the second time in the top of the third inning when the team was down 1-2, with second and third base on base with no outs. Ha-Seong Kim missed the bat on the first pitch changeup and then hit a 94.6 mile (152.2km) sinker slightly outside the body zone on the second pitch, but it ended up being a ground ball to second base. After second baseman Baton caught the ball, he judged that it was too late to throw the ball home, and threw it to first base, catching only Kim Ha-seong. During this time, Ha-seong Kim added an RBI as the runner on third base hit home.

Ha-seong Kim took his third at-bat in the top of the fifth inning, with the team trailing 4-7 and with no runners on base and one out. Here, Ha-seong Kim boldly hit a 95-mile (152.9 km) sinker in the middle of the stone, but bowed his head with a ground ball to second base. Then, in the top of the 6th inning, both teams were tied 7-7. The opposing pitcher was changed pitcher Caleb Ferguson. Kim Ha-seong, who entered the fourth at-bat with 2 outs and 2nd and 3rd bases, unfortunately retired with a strikeout on 3 pitches. According to Game Day, the official website of Major League Baseball, the low ball near the first pitch was slightly missing, and referee Corey Blaser called it a strike. Then, after just watching the outside four-seam fastball on the second pitch, he missed the bat at the 96 mph (154.5 km) high fastball on the third pitch.

Ha-seong Kim showed his perfect operational ability in the top of the 9th inning, with both teams still tied at 7-7. Kim Ha-seong, who entered his fifth at-bat with an opportunity to reach second base with no outs, sent a strike on the first pitch and then attempted a sacrifice bunt toward the pitcher on the 84 mile (135.2 km) sweeper on the second pitch. The result was a complete success. Afterwards, with Fernando Tatis Jr.’s single and Soto’s three-run shot, Kim Ha-seong’s successful bunt shone even brighter.
On this day, San Diego and the Dodgers played a heated game as rivals in the same district. When San Diego took the lead in the top of the first inning with Kim Ha-seong’s go-ahead run, the Dodgers immediately brought the game to square one in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Betts hit a solo shot that went over the left field wall to tie the game (1-1). The Dodgers, who were on the rise, turned the game around in the bottom of the second inning. Leadoff hitter Martinez’s walk, Taylor’s hit to left after one out, and an outman’s walk gave him a chance to load the bases with one out. Here, Rojas got on base with a ball that hit his body on the second pitch, and Martinez, a runner on third base, scored. (1-2) Then, in the bottom of the third inning, San Diego had an opportunity with no outs on second and third base, and when Ha-seong Kim grounded out to second base, the runner on third base went home, winning the game. was returned to the 2-2 origin.

But the Dodgers didn’t sit still either. In the bottom of the third inning, with one out, Muncy hit a solo shot that went over the right field fence. (2-3) Then, at the second and third base opportunity created by Martinez’s infield hit and Hayward’s double to left, Taylor hit a timely hit to right. (2-3) 4) This wasn’t the end. With the bases loaded and two outs created by Rojas’ walk, Betts’ batted ball stretched straight toward the left-center outfield. At this time, an ill-mannered spectator held out the glove into the stadium, snatched it, ran away, and eventually left the stadium. The umpires gathered for a moment to talk and then declared a double, acknowledging 3 RBIs due to crowd intervention. The score grew to 7-2.

It seemed like the game was going to be lopsided here, but San Diego didn’t give up either. In the top of the 4th inning, leadoff hitter Machado hit a left-handed solo shot to make it 7-3. Then, after Bogaerts hit a double to the right field, he went to third base on Profar’s ground ball to shortstop, and scored on Campusano’s ground ball to third base. (7-4) And finally, the game was brought back to square one in the 6th inning. Following leadoff hitter Soto’s heavy hit, Machado followed up with a two-run shot that went over the right-field wall. (7-6) Then, following back-to-back hits by Prof and Campusano, Baton hit a timely double in the middle of the game, putting Profar on second base. was called home. 7-7 Origin.

In the end, San Diego ended the comeback in the top of the 9th inning. Leadoff hitter Grisham took advantage of the left fielder’s error to reach second base and then settled at third base on Kim Ha-seong’s sacrifice bunt. On the first and third base opportunities created by Tatis Jr.’s infield hit, Soto hit a three-run shot that went over the right field fence. After two outs, Bogaerts hit a superior solo shot, effectively putting the wedge in the game. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers created an opportunity with two outs and first and second bases thanks to Freeman’s single to right-center and Smith’s 12-pitch game-ending walk, and then Martinez hit a timely hit in the middle of the game, but that was it. In the end, San Diego won the game 11-8.
While San Diego starter Avila came off the mound shaky with 6 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 7 runs (7 earned) in 2⅔ innings, Robert Suarez, who took the mound as the 5th pitcher, pitched a perfect pitch with 1 strikeout and 1 strikeout in 1 inning, becoming the winning pitcher. The number of pitches was only 8. Suarez has 3 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 5.19. ‘Closer’ Josh Hader took the mound in the 9th inning and preserved the victory by allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 1 run (1 earned) in 1 inning. In the lineup with 14 hits, Machado went 2-for-5 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 2 runs, Soto went 3-for-5 with 1 home run, 4 RBIs and 2 runs, and Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with 1 home run and 1 RBI. Each scored one point.

On the other hand, the Dodgers left the mound without a win or loss after starting pitcher Stone allowed 9 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and 7 runs (7 earned) in 5⅓ innings. Evan Phillips, who took the mound in the 9th inning, took the brunt of the loss with 3 hits (2 home runs), 1 strikeout, and 4 runs (2 earned) in 1 inning. 4th loss this season (1 win). In the batting lineup that had 9 hits, Betts, Martinez, and Taylor each recorded multiple hits. With this win, San Diego escaped a two-game losing streak and recorded a season record of 68 wins and 77 losses. 4th place in the National League West Division. On the other hand, the Dodgers recorded 87 wins and 56 losses. The ranking is 1st in the National League West Division.

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