Kim Ha-sung started as the first batter and second baseman in an away game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) at Bush Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 31st (Korea Standard Time), recording two hits and one RBI in four at-bats.
Kim Ha-sung’s season batting average rose from 0.276 to 0.278, boasting a good batting sense with three consecutive hits and two consecutive multi-hit marches in three consecutive games against St. Louis.
Kim Ha-sung turned his bat fiercely from his first at-bat. In his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, he hit a two-ball sinker from St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas and got on base with a heavy hit. Later, he advanced to second base on Juan Soto’s sacrifice bunt and rushed home on Manny Machado’s heavy hit, giving the team the first run.
This time, he himself came out as a troubleshooter. Kim Ha-sung, who faced a chance of two outs and runners on first and second base in the top of the second inning, did not hesitate to pull Mikolas’ first curve and hit a left-handed hit, bringing second baseman Matt Carpenter home.
Kim Ha-sung later stepped down with a fly ball and a ground ball in two at-bats, showing stability in defense. In the bottom of the fifth inning, he caught Tommy Edman’s tricky ground ball with one out and first base, and threw the ball to first base with no bound to catch an out count, showing his true value.
San Diego took a 3-0 lead early in the game thanks to Kim Ha-sung’s performance, but the three-point lead disappeared in an instant as he dedicated a three-point lead to Jordan Walker in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Soto seemed to take the lead again as he hit a timely RBI, but the last one was a “sad ending.”
Edman, who was the main character of a walk-off home run the day before the bottom of the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, ended again. The game ended as it was by drawing a two-run arch over the right fence with two outs and runners on second base. Closer Josh Hader, who took the mound to protect the one-point gap, failed to keep the lead until the end.
San Diego, which finished three consecutive weekday games with one win and two losses with two consecutive walk-off home runs, will play four consecutive games against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park, its home stadium, from the 1st. 토토