Silence Against LA Dodgers, Endless Fighting Spirit

Is Kim Ha-sung 28, San Diego Padres also tired. In fact, that’s understandable. This is because he has been running nonstop. Kim Ha-sung, who played numerous hustles and showed his fighting spirit to play one step more than others, failed to produce a hit in the last game of the three consecutive games against the LA Dodgers.

Kim Ha-sung started as the first batter and shortstop in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the LA Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on the 14th and struck out three in four at-bats.

Kim Ha-sung seemed to increase his batting sense by hitting two consecutive games against Houston on the 11th and against the Dodgers on the 12th. He then missed the previous day 13th for a break and returned to the leadoff on the same day, but failed to make a hit. He also finished his consecutive on-base streak in five games.

Kim Ha-sung’s batting average for the season also collapsed. After finishing the game, Kim Ha-sung played 141 of the team’s 147 games this season, batting .268 132 hits in 492 at-bats, 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 20 doubles, 0 triples, 68 walks, 112 strikeouts, 35 steals eight steals failed, 0.358 slugging percentage and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage. There are only three home runs left until the first Asian infielder to achieve 20 home run-30 stealing. With 15 games left in San Diego, it is now worth counting on Kim Ha-sung’s rushing instinct. In the game, he failed to get on base and failed to record his long-term stolen base.

On this day, the San Diego Padres selected Kim Ha-sung shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr. right fielder, Juan Soto left fielder, Luis Campusano catcher, Jurickson Propa designated hitter, Garrett Cooper First baseman, Trent Grisham middle gun, Matthew Batten second baseman and Egai Rosario 3rd baseman. The starting pitcher was Blake Snell, who was considered the No. 1 Cy Young Award with 13 wins, 9 losses and a 2.52 ERA before the game.

In response, the Los Angeles Dodgers started a lineup of Mookie Betts right fielder, Freddie Freeman first baseman, Chris Taylor left fielder, J.D. Martinez designated hitter, Enrique Hernandez third baseman, Amed Rosario second baseman, James Outman center fielder, Miguel Rojas shortstop and Austin Barnes. The starting pitcher was Ryan Peppiot, who had two wins, no losses, and a 0.86 ERA this season.

Kim Ha-sung showed his presence in the top of the first inning as the leadoff hitter. After a persistent game, Fayette made him throw nine balls. After avoiding a fast ball toward the body of the first pitch, he swung the bat in the middle of the second pitch, but the timing was a little late. He made a check swing to the high ball for the third pitch, but it was also a foul. Kim Ha-sung did not easily back down even though he was pushed to a disadvantageous ball count of 1-2. He showed his grit by cutting all the low balls that fell well in the fourth pitch, high balls in the fifth pitch, and balls in the body in the sixth pitch. The 7th ball is the outer cheek. The ball came back to the middle in the eighth pitch, but it became a foul. In the end, the crystal ball was a slider flowing outward. Kim Ha-sung turned the bat around on Ferriott’s 88.8-mile slider in the ninth pitch. However, it was Kim Ha-sung who persistently bullied the pitcher by making him throw nine balls from the first inning.

Kim Ha-sung took his second at-bat in the top of the third inning when his team was leading 1-0, without a runner with two outs. After watching the strike (slider) over the low zone on the first pitch, he picked up a lower change-up ball for the second pitch. And he hit a 90.2 mile slider toward his body in the third pitch, but retreated with an ordinary first base fly ball.

Since then, the two at-bats have been greeted by RBI opportunities. San Diego took a 4-0 lead, and in the top of the fifth inning, a one-out, second-base opportunity. Kim Ha-sung’s third at-bat. Still, the opposing pitcher was Pepiot. After the first ball, I just watched the strike on the outside fast course. The third ball was a foul. Kim Ha-sung then left the batter’s box, and it turned out that a large beach volley ball came from the outfield to the ground. Kim Ha-sung, who focused on the at-bat again, once the slider fell sharply to the outside and cut both the fifth four-seam fastball) and the sixth changeup with fouls. Kim Ha-sung, who seemed to be hitting a bat on the 93.4-mile high fastball sprayed by Peppiot in the seventh pitch, managed to hold it in. It was a full count, but he eventually struck out with a swing and miss on the 88.6 mile outer ball in the eighth pitch. This time, the decisive ball was a slider like the previous two at-bats.

The fourth at-bat came back from a golden opportunity for the bases loaded. The team still led 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning. Kim Ha-sung took the batter’s box with one out and a full base opportunity. The opposing pitcher is Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly. Kim Ha-sung fouled a 97.8-mile sinker on the first pitch and just sent a 97.2-mile sinker strike on the second pitch. Kelly stabbed low and high on the body one after another. In the end, he threw an 89.7-mile cutter outside the third pitch, freezing Kim Ha-sung.

Meanwhile, San Diego won a complete victory after gaining momentum with a cannon shot from the first inning. At the top of the first inning, Soto hit a superior first solo home run in the absence of a runner with two outs. 1-0 followed by a home run in the fourth inning. First and third base opportunities made by leadoff hitter Tatis Jr.’s double and Soto’s right-handed hit. Here, Campusano drew a three-run arch on the left wall over the left fence.

The score was 4-0. In the end, the Dodgers scored two runs in the seventh inning to seal the victory. With Kim Ha-sung missing the full base opportunity, Tatis Jr. entered the batter’s box. Here, Tatis Jr. hit Kelly’s first pitch and hit a timely two-run hit. The score widened to 6-0. The Dodgers recovered one run with Colton Wong’s solo home run (the fourth home run of the season) in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that was it.

Snell succeeded in achieving 14 wins of the season with eight strikeouts, one hit, one walk and no runs in six innings. Tatis Jr., Soto, and Campusano played as multi-hits in the batting line with eight hits. On the other hand, Dodgers starter Peppiot was shaken by six hits 90 pitches and five strikeouts and four runs four earned runs in six innings. The Dodgers had only three sporadic hits.

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