It was a big day for San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Sung Kim, 28. But for the second straight day, he gave up a walk-off single and a home run to Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon.
Kim started at first base and batted second against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2023 Major League Baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on March 31 (KST). He went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored on the day, raising his season batting average slightly to 0.278 from 0.276.
Keystone duo for South Korea’s 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) leadoff pairing.
-Kim Ha-Sung multi-hit and RBI vs. Edman walk-off home run and 3 stolen bases
San Diego’s lineup for the day was Ha-Sung Kim (second base), Juan Soto (left field), Manny Machado (third base), Fernando Tatis Jr. (right field), Zander Bogaerts (shortstop), Garrett Cooper (first base), Matt Carpenter (designated hitter), Luis Camposano (catcher), Trent Grisham (center field), and starting pitcher Rich Hill.
St. Louis countered with Edmon (center field), Paul Goldschmidt (first base), Wilson Contreras (designated hitter), Nolan Arenado (third base), Jordan Walker (right field), Andrew Kiesner (catcher), Taylor Motter (second base), Rich Palacios (left field), Maysin Wynn (shortstop), and starting pitcher Miles Milolas.
Kim Ha-seong and Edman, who were the keystone duo for South Korea at the WBC in March, batted side-by-side in the leadoff spot.
A day earlier, Kim went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and a walk to lead the offense. Edman came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 10th inning and delivered a game-winning hit in the first inning to give the team a 6-5 victory. The matchup between the two players, who bat side-by-side in the leadoff spot, was intriguing before the game.
There were some eye-catching moments. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kim backhanded a grounder from Edman and threw accurately to first base for the final out. It wasn’t an easy play, but it showed off Kim’s accurate delivery and release.
Kim finished with a multi-hit game and an RBI, and Edman responded with three doubles and a game-winning home run.
Motor makes surprise appearance with former KBO teammate Kim Ha-Sung
St. Louis infielder Motter started in the seventh spot in the batting order and made his 29th appearance of the year. Motor was batting .176 (13-for-74) with two RBIs this season. One game, one at-bat was all that mattered, and he didn’t have much luck early in the game.
In his first at-bat, Motter sent the stadium into a frenzy with a foul home run off of Hill. He followed that up with a powerful straight hit that was blocked by a spectacular diving catch by shortstop Bogartz, forcing him to stumble back to the dugout.
Motter then retired the next at-bat, finishing 0-for-3.
Two at-bats away from a multi-hit game, Kim makes his presence felt with three straight hits
Kim Ha-seong, who was on a two-game hitting streak, made his presence felt from the very beginning of the game.
In his first at-bat, in the top of the first inning, he hit a sinker to center field. In his second at-bat, he lined a single up the middle to put runners on first and second.
In the fifth inning, he led off with a single to left field. In his fourth at-bat, with runners on first and second in the top of the seventh, he grounded out to third against reliever John King.
22-year age difference…Walker, a 21-year-old rookie, gave Hill, a 43-year-old veteran, a run for his money.바카라사이트
San Diego jumped out to an early lead through Ha-Sung Kim. In the first inning, Kim led off with a single up the middle and came home on Machado’s RBI single for a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, Kim and Soto both had RBI singles to make it 3-0.
San Diego’s three-run lead was short-lived, however. In the bottom of the fourth, with runners on first and third, Hill hit a three-run home run over the left field fence off Walker to tie the game at 3-3.
San Diego’s Ha Sung rallied in the middle of the game, but Hyun Soo’s St. Louis was stronger
In the top of the seventh inning, San Diego took the lead once again. Leadoff hitter Camposano singled to right and Grisham followed with a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second. Kim grounded out to third to end the threat, but Soto followed with an RBI single to make it 4-3.
San Diego brought in closer Josh Hader in the bottom of the ninth to get the first two outs, but things got weird from there. After giving up a double to Wynn, he gave up a grand slam to Edmon over the right field wall to make it 4-5. It was the second straight loss for the Reds, which was especially painful because it was the second game in a row that they gave up the final out to the same player after the last one (against St. Louis on April 30).