Kim Ha-sung overcomes the weakness of left-handed pitching

Kim Ha-sung (29, San Diego Padres) scored a hit against a left-handed pitcher who is showing weakness this season, and even played good defense and snow baseball.

Kim Ha-sung started the 2024 Major League Baseball away game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 18th (Korea time) as the seventh batter shortstop and played one hit and one walk in two at-bats.

As a result, Kim raised his batting average for this season from 0.218 to 0.220, while his on-base plus slugging percentage also rose from 0.331, 0.387 to 0.334 and 0.388. His on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) is 0.722.

What is more encouraging than anything else is that he garnered a hit against left-handed pitchers. Unlike in last year’s game against right-handed pitchers (batting average of 0.241), Kim was strong against left-handed pitchers (0.302), but he was the opposite this season.

However, he overcame his weaknesses and had a hit from his first at bat on the day. Prior to that, he displayed stellar defense. Starting pitcher Randy Vazquez had a left-handed hit by Alec Bohm and a double by Nick Castellanos in the bottom of the second inning. The hit split between the left and center field, and the first baseman passed through the second and third bases to head home. Kim Ha-sung left the infield for a relay play, took over the ball from Jackson Merrill, and strongly threw a throw home. Although Bohm slid, Kim’s throw led to a natural tag.

In an instant, the situation changed to two outs and second base.

Brandon Marsh hit an infield single, but struck out David Dahl with a swing and miss, allowing him to finish the inning without losing a point. Local broadcasters admired Kim Ha-sung’s perfect throw, saying it was a “beautiful play.”

After good defense, he continued to gain strength in batting. As the first batter in the top of the third inning, Kim hit a sinker of 103.2 miles (150 kilometers) per hour on the first pitch by opponent team starter Christopher Sanchez. The ball, which stretched at 105.5 miles (169.8 kilometers) per hour, headed toward shortstop, but Tray Turner failed to make a catch, and the ball headed toward left field. He continued to have consecutive hits following the previous day.

However, Meryl was out with a strikeout, and his strategy failed, leaving him with regret. Kyle Higashioka had a swing in the unfavorable count of 1-2, but failed to hit the ball, and Kim Ha-sung, who started at second base, was out at second base due to catcher’s throw.

In the top of the fifth inning, he garnered another walk through snow baseball. Sanchez persistently focused on sliders and sinkers with a low course, but Kim Ha-sung did not budge due to the ball gradually leaving the zone. A four-pitch sinker became a strike, but eventually, he drew a walk in five pitches, and successfully multi-base hit in five games.

He is already No. 1 in his team, and ranks fifth in the NL after Kyle Schwarber (Philadelphia, 53), Mookie Betts (47), Freddie Freeman (46), and Bryce Harper (Philadelphia, 45). He still has a hard time satisfying his batting average, but his on-base percentage (on-base percentage – batting average) is 0.114, the second highest after Schwarber (0.120).

He finished the day at bat by stepping down with a ground ball to the second baseman due to a low changeup.

In the top of the seventh inning, when the team was being dragged 2-8, Sanchez, with two outs and a second base, stepped down with a ground ball to the second base on a low changeup and finished the at-bat.

The San Diego Padres lined up Luis Arraez (first baseman), Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder), Jurickson Profar (left fielder), Manny Machado (third baseman), Donovan Solano (designated hitter), Jake Cronenworth (second baseman), Kim Ha-sung (striker), Merrill (center fielder) and Higashioka (catcher). Vasquez started the game.

In contrast, Philadelphia faced off with Schwarber (designated hitter), Turner (striker), Harper (first baseman), Bohm (third baseman), Bryson Stott (second baseman), Casteyanos (right fielder), Marsh (center fielder), Dal (left fielder) and Rafael Marchen (catcher). Sanchez was the starting pitcher.

In the bottom of the third inning, Philadelphia took the lead first. Following Marchen’s big hit, Schwarber swung the bat determined to sweep the ball to the middle of the third pitch with a ball count of 2-0. The hit made it a two-run homerun (15th of this season) that flew well over the central fence.

Philadelphia continued its offensive. After Masi walked in the bottom of the fourth inning, he headed to second base during Vasquez’s wild pitch and homered on Marchen’s timely RBI single.

San Diego also launched counterattack. After Machado got on base with a hit in the middle of the fifth inning, he boldly penetrated into the second base while the opponent team’s defense faltered. When Solano and Cronenworth hit ground balls, Machado moved one base at a time, and successfully scored a run.

However, Philadelphia, which ranks first in overall winning percentage in the NL, was strong again. With Turner’s big hit and Harper’s double in the bottom of the fifth inning, he had a chance to hit the second and third bases with no outs, and Bohm hit a cutter that was driven to the center of the first pitch, drawing an arch (Season 7) over the left fence. The gap widened to 6-1 in an instant.

Marchen’s hit and Schwaber’s two-run shot (16th of the season) also came out in the sixth inning.

Schwaber, who actively hit Adrian Morehorn from the first pitch, hit a slider on the outside of the fifth ball with a ball count of 1-2, hitting multiple home runs.

After Profar’s hit to the left in the top of the seventh inning, San Diego followed with Solano’s hit to center field with an RBI double, but that was it. In the ensuing attack in the bottom of the seventh inning, Philadelphia crushed San Diego’s willingness to pursue with Marcy’s double and Marchen’s wedge hit.

Philadelphia starter Sanchez earned his fourth win (three losses) of the season by allowing six hits, one walk, five strikeouts and two runs (one earned) with 94 pitches in seven innings.

In the batting lineup, Schwaber, who played well with two hits, two walks, four RBIs and two runs in three at-bats, including multiple home runs, Marchen, who scored four hits, two RBIs and two runs in four at-bats, and the spring of three hits, three RBIs and one run in five at-bats shone.

San Diego starter Vazquez threw 89 pitches in four ⅓ innings, giving up 12 hits (two homers), two walks, two strikeouts and six runs, and taking his fourth loss (one win) of the season. In the batting lineup, only Machado had multiple hits, and Cronenworth, Merrill, and Higashioka had no hits, leaving regret.

After losing four games in a row and losing .500, San Diego recorded 37-39. It also lost the second place to the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

by 토토사이트

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