Kim’s multi-hit + 3-RBI ‘big game’…Edman’s walk-off hit in ‘extra-inning loss’ to SD
Kim Ha-seong has come full circle. Not only did he record his first multi-hit game in seven games, but he also had a three-strikeout game. Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon followed with a game-ending single.
Kim went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, one RBI, one run scored, and one stolen base in the leadoff spot against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. on April 29.
San Diego vs St. Louis starting lineup on April 30th
Seth Lugo gets the start for the San Diego Padres. Lugo is 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA in his last seven starts. His overall record this season is 5-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 20 starts.
The San Diego lineup was Ha-Sung Kim, Juan Soto (left field), Manny Machado (third base), Fernando Tatis Jr. (right field), Xander Bogaerts (shortstop), Garrett Cooper (first base), Luis Camposano (catcher), Matthew Barton (third base), and Jose Azocar (center field).
For the Reds, Zach Thompson will take the mound. Thompson threw five innings of two-run ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 23 in his last start. Over his last seven starts, he is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA. Thompson’s season total is 3-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 appearances.
St. Louis’ batting order is a big change from the previous day’s lineup. Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon started off the bench. Edmon had gone 0-for-4 the day before. The starting lineup was Ritchie Palacios (center field)-Paul Goldschmidt (first base)-Nolan Gorman (second base)-Nolan Arenado (third base)-Wilson Contreras (catcher)-Alex Burleson (designated hitter)-Tyler O’Neill (left field)-Jordan Walker (right field)-Macin Winn (shortstop).
Ha-Sung Kim is back to hitting
Kim’s bat is back, literally, as he got on base from the first at-bat of the previous day’s game on the 29th. Leading off the first inning with a walk, Kim crushed Wainwright’s 84.8-mph fastball over the center field fence just over the second baseman’s head. It was Kim’s first hit in four games since April 24. It would be interesting to see if Kim could extend his hitting streak in this game.
According to Baseball-Reference, a major league statistics site, Kim’s bWAR, or wins above replacement, remained at 6.2. That ranks fourth in the majors, behind Shohei Ohtani (9.9), Betsu Mookie (7.4), and Ronald Yakuza Jr. (6.3). Notably, Kim is only 0.1 behind Yakuya Jr. who is the favorite to win the National League MVP award. If he can hit 20 homers and 20 doubles, his bWAR could soar even higher.
From the first at-bat to the big hit to the leadoff run
In his first at-bat of the day, Kim’s hitting was unstoppable. After leading off the inning with a walk, Kim saw a fastball deep in the zone from Thompson. Two pitches later, he lined a 93.7-mph fastball to center field that sailed between the shortstop and second baseman. It was his second straight hit, extending his hitting streak from the previous game to 11 games.
Kim’s hot streak continued. Soto followed up with a bunt single, which allowed Kim to reach second base. An error by the St. Louis defense followed. St. Louis catcher Contreras threw to first base to catch Soto, but the ball slipped behind him, allowing Kim and Soto to advance one base apiece. After Machado grounded out to shortstop, Kim stole third base, and Tatis Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Kim to give San Diego the lead. His 75th run of the season.
In his second at-bat, he was stranded on a grounder to third base. Leading off the third inning, Kim saw a curveball in the middle of the strike zone from Thompson. He then saw a cutter two pitches down. With a one-pitch, one-strike count, Kim took the third pitch, a 74-mph curveball. His timing was a little off, though, and the ball sailed over the head of St. Louis third baseman Arenado.
In the fourth inning, San Diego scored in “quick succession. One out later, Camposano drew a walk to load the bases. Batten followed with a double to right field, putting runners on second and third with one out. Azokar followed with a two-run double to right center to make it 3-1.
At this point, Kim Ha-seong also came to bat. In his third at-bat, he saw every pitch. Thompson’s first pitch, a high cutter, was called a strike, followed by a 92.2 mph fastball. Thompson’s third pitch, a 91.6-mph fastball, was called a strike. Looking at the MLB.com Game Center graphic, it looked like a ball was missing, but the umpire raised his hand. The next two pitches, a four-seam curve and a five-seam fastball, were well outside the zone. The ball count was three balls and two strikes. Kim took his time and picked his last pitch, a six-pitch high cutter, for a strike. But that was all he had to do. Soto followed with a grounder to shortstop and was forced out at second base. Machado then struck out swinging, leaving the bases loaded for San Diego.
After Camposano led off the sixth with a solo home run to left, San Diego loaded the bases with one out on Batten’s subsequent infield single. That’s when Kim made a “ha-sung play” to harass reliever Casey Lawrence.
Kim watched every pitch until the count was three balls and two strikes. He cut Lawrence’s sixth and seventh pitches, a sinker, back-to-back. He then hit the final pitch, an 89.9-mph sinker high and away from the body, for an infield hit to St. Louis third baseman Arenado. It was a very good pitch, which means it was very slow. Even Arena, who has the best defense in the world, couldn’t beat Kim’s quick feet, even if the pitch was headed toward the outfield. A multi-hit garnish. The next two batters, Soto and Machado, struck out and flied out to right field, respectively.
The final at-bat in the eighth was a sacrifice fly. With San Diego trailing 3-2 and runners on second and third after singles by Batten and Azocar, Kim hit a sinker to the body of Lawrence for a sacrifice fly to left field. Batten, who was on third base, came home to score. His 50th RBI of the season.
The game went to extra innings. Leading 5-3 in the eighth, San Diego gave up a mid-month two-run homer to Contreras to tie the game. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, with runners on first and third, the Dodgers gave up a game-tying single to Korean-American major leaguer Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon.
With his three-hit game, his first multi-hit game in seven games since May 22 against Miami, Kim’s season batting average rose slightly to .276 from .274. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is 0.807.
Kim also showed good defense. In the top of the first inning, he made a backhanded catch of a Palacios hit to turn a hit into an out with a reverse-motion throw. In the bottom of the ninth, he caught Wynn’s deep fly to second base with two outs and sent a safe throw to first base. 바카라
Coincidentally, Kim’s glove was yellow. For Kim, who is in the running for a Golden Glove award this season, the yellow glove could be seen as a golden glove.
Lugo pitched six innings for San Diego, allowing two runs on six hits. Meanwhile, St. Louis’ Thompson gave up two runs on five hits in four innings. In addition to Kim, San Diego’s bats were well-supported by the bottom of the order, with Camposano homering, Batten going 4-for-4, and Azocar going 2-for-2. However, the offense came up short again. San Diego has lost all 11 extra-inning games this season. The Padres are now 63-71 on the season.