Big leaguer ‘3rd year’ Kim Ha-seong starts in 2023 with 1 hit
Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres), who was in his third season, got off to a clean start by reporting hits from the opening game of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB).
On the 31st (Korean time스포츠토토), Ha-seong Kim played as the 8th batter and second baseman in a home game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats.
Kim Ha-seong, who entered the MLB through the posting process in 2021 and signed a contract with San Diego, was recognized for his value by leaping into a clear starting shortstop last year. He hit his first double-digit home run in his debut and was a finalist for the National League Shortstop Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive skills. Zander Bogaerts was brought in to play second base instead of shortstop, but he faced the opener in the most stable situation of his career.
His start was not good. On this day, Ha-seong Kim entered the first plate at the end of the second inning with one company and first base, but withdrew due to a double stroke. Then, in the second at-bat in the 5th inning, it was just a fly ball.
It was the third at-bat that Kim Ha-seong got a hit. At the end of the 7th inning, when the team trailed 2-7, Kim Ha-seong, who entered the third at-bat with no first base, attacked a slider thrown by Colorado relief pitcher Denelson Lamet and turned it into a left-handed hit. However, he failed to add his first run of the season as his subsequent hitters, Trent Grisham and Juan Soto, retired to a bum hit. Kim Ha-seong, who entered the final at-bat in the ninth inning, ended the attack that day by withdrawing with a ground ball.
He hit from the opening game, but he showed a disappointing appearance in the defense he expected. In the top of the third inning, he allowed the opposing batter to get on base while committing a fielding error. He did not lead to a run as Colorado failed to hit the follow-up.
At the end of the second inning, when the score was 1-1, he hit a double hit with one out and first base, and at the beginning of the third inning, he made a defensive error and allowed the opposing batter to get on base. Fortunately, he didn’t lose because there was no follow-up hit.
Meanwhile, San Diego lost 2-7 to Colorado with only 17 hits (three homers) that day.