San Diego Padres’ Kim Ha-seong has made history in Korean baseball.
Kim went 1-for-3 with a double, a home run, a walk, and two stolen bases in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter in the Padres’ 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on April 4.
With his two stolen bases, Kim became the first Korean major leaguer to reach 30 stolen bases in a season.
The previous record was 22 stolen bases by Choo Shin-soo (now SSG Landers) in 2010 while playing for the Cleveland Indians.
In addition, Kim has only eight stolen bases this season, giving him a stolen base success rate of 79.5%.
In the top of the first inning, Kim drove a sinker up the middle from San Francisco starter Alex Cobb for a single to right.
He then stole second on the next pitch from Fernando Tatis Jr. It was his 30th stolen base of the season. However, when Tatis Jr. grounded to the shortstop, Kim tried to steal third base, but was thrown out at the plate.
In his second at-bat of the inning, he struck out. He showed persistence in an eight-pitch battle with Cobb, but was called out for a strike.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kim drew a walk to load the bases with two outs on a double by Carpenter and a sacrifice bunt by Batten. He then stole another base when Tatis Jr. walked. His 31st stolen base of the season.
This time, however, it did not lead to a run as Tatis Jr. was retired on a grounder to shortstop.
In his fourth at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, he struck out. He swung at a four-pitch pitch from reliever Martinez, but fouled off a foul tip.
With his multi-hit performance, Kim’s season batting average rose slightly to .275. His on-base percentage is .365.
Earlier in the day, San Diego defeated San Francisco 4-0 behind six shutout innings from starter Seth Lugo and three hits from Manny Machado, including a home run, and four hits from Xander Bogaerts.토스카지노
With its third straight win, San Diego improved to 65-73 on the season and remained in fourth place in the National League West. San Francisco, which lost its third straight, dropped to 70-67, good for third place in the division.