Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) started as the starting shortstop for the first time in a long time and led the team to victory.
Kim Ha-seong played as the ninth batter shortstop in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League visiting game against the Atlanta Braves held at True East Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on the 9th (Korean time), and hit 1 hit in 4 at bats.
San Diego defeated Atlanta 4-1 and won its second game in a row.
Kim Ha-seong, who served as the starting shortstop last season, jumped to the second baseman after the start of the season when Sander Bohartz, the league’s top shortstop, was recruited ahead of this season.
On this day, as Bohartz played as the designated hitter, Kim Ha-seong wore a glove between second and third base for the first time in a long time.
Kim Ha-seong sent a hit in the top of the second inning, but was caught by the left fielder.
And as if to erase the regret, he pulled out a double on the left field line in the 4th inning with a 2-0 lead.
Ha-seong Kim took advantage of the opportunity when Atlanta first baseman’s throw fell behind the catcher when Trent Grisham’s grounder, the follow-up hitter, came home.
The runner, Lougned O’Doer, had his goal canceled as the appeal was accepted that he did not step on the home plate properly.
After that, Ha-seong Kim stepped back with a ground ball in the 6th inning, and in the 9th inning, in the second base without a hit, he missed an RBI opportunity with a ball floating in center field after a full count battle. 안전놀이터
Ha-seong Kim’s batting average for the season was 0.250 (7 hits in 28 at-bats).
Even as a shortstop that day, he boasted a healthy defensive ability.
At the end of the second inning, there was a scene where he fumbled because he couldn’t catch the ground ball at once, but he calmly threw it and got an out count.
In the 6th inning, after catching a ball that rolled slowly, he threw it to 1st base with his strong shoulder and caught an out.