Kick in the bucket, injury, break, multihit explosion… Kim Hae-Sung’s brilliant first-half finale at ‘Surezer Attack’

San Diego Padres outfielder Ha-Sung Kim (28) shook off a nagging injury to record a multi-hit game in the final game of the first half.

Kim Ha-seong started at first base in the final game of the first half against the New York Mets at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday (10 June) and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

He got the offence going in his first at-bat. With the score tied 0-0 in the first inning, he singled to left field off veteran Max Scherzer for his second straight game with a hit. Despite a 1B-2S unfavourable count, he took a four-pitch 85.2 mph (137 km/h) changeup for a run. He then moved to third on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s double and came home on Manny Machado’s leadoff three-run homer, which scored the winning run. The next at-bat was a strikeout.

His second at-bat was a strikeout. With the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning, he fouled off Scherzer’s five-pitch 94.4-mph (151-kilometre) fastball at 2B-2S.

Still leading 3-0, he was unable to save a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth. On a 0B-2S unfavourable count, he took a three-pitch 95.2 mph (153 km/h) four-seam fastball from Scherzer but grounded into a shortstop fielder’s choice to end the inning.바카라사이트

His final at-bat was different. With one out in the sixth inning and a 6-0 lead, he singled again to left, his first multi-hit game in eight games since June 30 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He watched T.J. McFarland’s first-pitch fastball and then laced an 87.8-mph (141-kilometre) sinker two pitches later for a hit.

Kim later moved to second on Juan Soto’s single, but was stranded at third when Tatis Jr. retired the side in order.

With two more hits, Kim ended the first half on a high note, raising his season batting average from 2-for-5 to 2-for-8. He suffered a big toe injury two days earlier against the Mets when he kicked a bucket of water in anger at the first baseman, but he looked back to his best in two games after resting.

San Diego, fourth in the National League West, beat the Mets 6-2 to sweep the final three games of the first half. They are now 43-47 on the season. The fourth-place Mets, who have lost two straight, are 42-48.

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