A 156km fastball, a double and a walk, and stolen bases in four consecutive games… The turnaround started with ‘No. 1 hitter’ Kim Ha-Sung.
San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong made the most of his leadoff role.
He started at third base and batted leadoff against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Sunday (2 February), going 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. His season batting average remained at 2-for-4.먹튀검증
The team went on to win 10-1. In his first at-bat, Kim struck out swinging against Miami starter Jesus Luzardo, but in his second at-bat, he stole second base on a wild pitch.
San Diego’s bats woke up in the third inning after Kim hit a 96.8 mph (156 km/h) fastball into the left field corner for a two-run double.
After stealing second, Kim went on to steal third. He has now stolen a base in four consecutive games. It was Kim’s 10th stolen base of the season. Fernando Tatis Jr. followed with an RBI double to score Kim and tie the game at 1-1.
San Diego made it 2-1 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Dixon.
Kim retired the side in order in the fifth inning with a double to left field, then drew walks to put runners on first and third in the sixth to make it a two-out game. After two outs in the eighth, he flied out to left field.
After taking a 3-1 lead with a run in the fifth, San Diego broke through in the sixth. The Dodgers scored seven runs.
The first batter, Tatis Jr. drew a walk and Juan Soto struck out. But after Tatis Jr. stole second, Xander Bogaerts doubled to right field to put runners on second and third.
Dixon followed with a single up the middle, Jake Cronenwirth with a single up the middle and Gary Sanchez with a double to left-centre.
It was Kim’s turn at the plate, and after he drew a walk, Tatis Jr. came up to bat one spot in the batting order with the bases loaded and hit a three-run, two-out double to make it 10-1.
Starter Joe Musgrove earned the win with six innings of scoreless relief.