By Seung-hwan Park] The silence of the previous day (Aug. 25) was only temporary. Kim Ha-seong, who hasn’t been hitting well lately, made a show of force with his eighth home run of the season. The only disappointment was that it didn’t lead to a team victory.카지노
Kim started at second base and batted first in the lineup against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on June 26 (KST), going 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, one run scored, and two walks.
Starting against the Cleveland Indians on the 16th and ending against Washington on the 24th, Kim had hit safely in eight consecutive games, raising his batting average to .254 after dropping to .228 in June. His streak was interrupted the day before (25th) when he went hitless, but he hit his eighth arching home run of the season. His season batting average rose slightly from 0.250 to 0.251.
The no-hitter from the previous day (Aug. 25) continued into the early innings of this game. Trailing 0-1 in the top of the first inning, Kim faced Mackenzie Gore, whom he had a one-hitter with last year, and after a five-pitch battle, he struck out swinging on a four-seam fastball in the middle of the 95.1-mile (153.1 km) strike zone. In his second at-bat, he was silenced by a grounder to shortstop.
There were other disappointments on defense. In the top of the fourth inning, Washington’s Joey Meneses hit a ball high into foul territory behind the first baseman. As the San Diego infielders began to converge in pursuit of the ball, it was up to Kim to handle it. However, Kim made a mistake in catching Meneses’ pitch and letting it go, making it a foul ball. It wasn’t an easy play to make, but it was fortunate that the ball fell into fair territory and didn’t turn into a run or a crisis situation.
After a period of silence, Kim fulfilled his role as the “missing link. Trailing 0-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs and runners in scoring position, Kim had the opportunity to face Gore once again in his third at-bat. Gore, who had pitched solidly all game, began to falter, and Kim calmly drew a walk to set up Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis Jr. hit a game-tying RBI single to put San Diego back in front.
But Kim’s silence would not last long. In the bottom of the seventh inning, down 1-8 and trailing 8-1, Kim swung hard at a 97 mph (156.1 km/h) four-seam fastball in the middle of the strike zone from reliever Jordan Weems, and the 104.6 mph (168.3 km/h) pitch stretched out and traveled 380 feet (115.9 meters) before clearing the left field fence for his eighth home run of the season. Three homers in his last four games.
After coming up big in his previous at-bat, Kim completed his “three-hit” performance with another walk in his final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kim then took third base on a Juan Soto single, but no more hits would follow.