Kim breaks 4-hit drought with multi-hit, 2-run performance…SD falls in wild finish

San Diego Padres outfielder Ha-seong Kim (28) recorded his first hit in five games.

Kim Ha-seong went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the fifth inning of the Padres’ home game against the Cleveland Indians at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on June 16. The multi-hit game raised his batting average from .234 to .239 after a four-game hitless streak.

The game was a back-and-forth affair from the start. In the top of the first inning, Cleveland scored five runs on a Josh Naylor double and a David Freese three-run homer. San Diego battled back in the bottom of the inning, and after two consecutive walks, Manny Machado hit a game-winning three-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-3. With the bases loaded, Kim struck out swinging in his first at-bat.

Kim’s first hit came in the third inning. Trailing 6-3 with one out in the bottom of the inning, Kim took a three-pitch fastball from Cleveland starter Logan Allen for a single to left field. Nelson Cruz’s fly ball to right field was tagged up by second baseman Xander Bogaerts, and as the right fielder threw to third, Kim advanced to second. With runners on first and second and one out, Brandon Dixon hit a hard grounder to the first baseman, and Ha-Sung Kim raced home from second as the first baseman cleared the bases. After Bogaerts scored from third, Kim swept home plate with a brilliant run, bringing the score to two runs on one grounder.

Trailing 5-7 in the bottom of the fifth, Kim led off the inning with a double, his 11th of the season, to right-center field off a fastball from Cleveland reliever Eli Morgan. Two batters later, when Trent Grisham singled, Kim scored his second run of the game.메이저사이트

In his fourth at-bat in the bottom of the sixth, Kim was stranded at second base on a wild pitch. Trailing 6-8 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Kim returned to the plate, but San Diego brought in Luged O’Dowd to pinch-hit and Kim’s night was over.

The Padres were unable to overcome the first inning deficit and fell to 6-8, dropping to 33-35 on the season, good for fourth place in the National League West. Cleveland, which snapped a two-game losing streak, remained in second place in the American League Central with a 32-36 record.

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