“Awesome Kim” Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) is establishing himself as a feared presence for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cincinnati Enquire, a local newspaper in Cincinnati, USA, said on the 2nd (Korean time), “Ha-sung Kim harassed Cincinnati with another home run in the first game of the series against San Diego.”
On this day, Ha-seong Kim started as the 7th batter and 2nd baseman in the 2023 Major League home game held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and recorded 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs, 2 runs and 1 strikeout. In the second at-bat at the bottom of the 4th inning, he hit a double that hit the left wall to warm up the bat, and in the bottom of the 5th inning, with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base, Cincinnati pitcher Alex Young (30) hit a changeup and fired a left-handed three-run. It was the final shot that broke the tight balance of 3-3.
Thanks to this, San Diego won 8-3 against Cincinnati and won three straight games, maintaining 3rd place in the National League West with a record of 16 wins and 14 losses. Meanwhile, cold water was poured on Cincinnati, which was on a winning streak with 5 wins and 1 loss last week.
However, unlike the worst result, Cincinnati’s choice, which raised Young, could not be seen as wrong. Young was one of the best bullpen pitchers in the major leagues with an ERA of 0.71 in 11 games and 18 strikeouts in 12⅔innings before facing Kim Ha-seong. He also got a right-handed hit by Matt Carpenter in the previous at-bat, but a tag play by fielders nearly caught the runner on second base, and Jake Cronenworth returned the run to second base with a straight hit. 온라인카지노
Ha-sung Kim’s at-bat was a problem. This fourth home run had an expected batting average of only 0.510 with a batting speed of 101.2 miles per hour (about 162.8 km), a flight distance of 353 feet (about 107.5 m), and a launch angle of 22 degrees. According to Statcast, it was a pitch that would not be a home run in 27 of 30 Major League Baseball pitches.
It is difficult to see this as the pitcher’s fault. ‘Cincinnati Enquirer’ also said, “Young was unlucky,” and “Ha-sung Kim’s home run shattered Young’s 41⅔ innings, 0 home run streak. Here, in front of 37,491 spectators, Cincinnati’s home run could ruin Fernando Tatis Jr.’s home game. Even the opportunity was broken.”