‘Timely hit lost to unfair S zone + defensive defense’ Kim Ha-seong, silent with no hits in 4 at-bats… The team wins 8-0
Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) fell silent again with no hits after three games.
Ha-seong Kim started as the number one hitter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Philadelphia Phillies held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 6th (Korean time) and performed poorly with no hits in four at-bats. Kim Ha-seong’s season batting average fell from 0.275 to 0.273, as he failed to maintain the momentum of his multi-hit performance the previous day (2 hits, 3 RBIs in 6 at-bats).
From his first at-bat, Ha-seong Kim struggled with the umpire’s unclear strike zone decisions. Kim Ha-seong, who appeared as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, watched Philadelphia starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen hit two pitches in a row. The second ball went wide outside, but the referee declared a strike. Kim Ha-seong, who was caught in an unfavorable count, committed a foul and dragged the game forward, but he hit a changeup that fell outside the 6th pitch at 1-2 and retired with a ground ball to the shortstop.
There was no luck in the second at-bat of the third inning. Kim Ha-seong, who had a chance to score in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and second base, hit the 95.7 mile per hour (approximately 154 km) fastball in the middle of the fourth pitch with a ball count of 1-2 and hit it hard.
The line drive ball, which was thought to be a timely first hit at the moment of hitting, was caught by Philadelphia shortstop Edmundo Sosa’s jumping catch and ended up being out. According to Baseball Savant, the expected batting average (xBA) of Ha-seong Kim’s hit reached 0.770, but the timely hit was erased by heavy rain.안전놀이터
Kim Ha-seong, who appeared in the 5th inning with 2 outs and no runners, created a 3-1 advantageous ball count against Lorenzen, but hit a sinker near the body on the 5th pitch and retired with a grounder to third base.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, when San Diego was ahead 7-0, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Ha-seong Kim played Lorenzen for the 4th time. With the ball count at 1-0, the second pitch slider came in as a lost throw in the middle, and Ha-seong Kim spun the bat vigorously, but was thrown out by a fly ball to center field.
Kim Ha-seong was silent with no hits, but San Diego’s batting line exploded with 10 hits and 8 runs, avenging the previous day’s loss by winning 8-0 over Philadelphia. San Diego starting pitcher Pedro Avila earned his first win of the season with 2 hits, 6 walks, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 6⅔ innings.