Kim ‘King Ha-Sung’ Kim (28, San Diego Padres) hit a perfect double off Brooks Reilly (35, New York Mets), a former KBO ace, but he got a little too excited and sprinted to third base, only to be thrown out. It looked like he had avoided the tag in a close play, but he was thrown out at the plate. The San Diego bench also did not request a video review.
Kim started at first base and second base for the Dodgers in their 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the New York Mets at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Aug. 8, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, a run batted in and a walk. His season batting average increased slightly to .255 from .254. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) was 0.757.
Kim batted leadoff in the bottom of the first inning with his team trailing 0-1. The pitcher was Justin Verlander, a living legend who won the 2019 American League Cy Young Award. This was the first time that Kim had faced Verlander since reaching the major leagues in 2021, and as soon as he stepped up to the plate, he started playing snowballs. In contrast, Verlander struggled with his fastball. The first pitch was a low ball that touched 93.7 mph (150.8 km/h). The second pitch was high. The third pitch, a body high pitch, was also well placed. The fourth pitch was well outside the strike zone for a straight fly ball. All four pitches against Kim were four-seam fastballs.
This made the opposing infield even more nervous. Eventually, Kim walked. Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. retired the next two batters, and Manny Machado stepped up to the plate. Then came the first pitch from Verlander, and Kim read the timing of the pitch perfectly, standing at second base. The opposing catcher, Francisco Alvarez, didn’t even bother to throw to second base. The timing was so perfect that Kim cut off the runner before Verlander could throw.This was Kim’s 16th stolen base of the season. Having already surpassed his career high in stolen bases last year (12), Kim is on pace to not only steal 20 bases, but also break Shin-Soo Choo’s record for most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean major leaguer (22 with Cleveland in 2010). He’s also on pace for 30 steals. Perhaps rattled by Kim’s stolen base, Machado hit a clean double to left-center field to drive in Kim. As he entered the dugout, he raised both hands and high-fived his teammates.
In the bottom of the second inning, Kim gave his team a 3-1 lead. He stepped to the plate for the second time with two outs. The San Diego fans in the stadium were chanting “Ha Sung Kim. The opposing pitcher is still Verlander. This time, he completely switched up his mix in favor of a changeup. He threw a 79.8 mph (128.4 km/h) curveball for his first pitch, which was low. In his second pitch, Verlander threw an 87.9 mph (141.4 km/h) slider to induce a false swing. Kim followed with a 78.8-mph (126.8-kilometer) curveball in the third inning, but the hard-hit ball went right in front of the third baseman. It flew low and fast, reaching 101.5 mph (163.3 km/h) and an 8-degree launch angle, according to MLB.com Game Day.
Kim stepped to the plate for the third time in the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and his team leading 3-2. This time, Verlander mixed up his fastball and changeup. The first pitch was a 94.8 mph (152.5 km/h) fastball up the middle. The second pitch, a low changeup, was picked off the plate. The third pitch was a four-seam fastball that was missing outside. The fourth was an 85.7-mph (137.9-kilometer) slider in the low zone. And in the fifth, he froze Ha-Sung Kim with a high-speed slider (144 mph), this time a little lower on the same pitch.
‘Great double against Riley’ A confident Kim makes a bold run to third base, but unfortunately it’s an out.토토사이트
Then came the moment when Kim Ha-seong was called out for a bad hit. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the teams were tied 3-3. The Mets chose Brooks Railroad for their second pitcher. Prior to this game, Reilly was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 37 games this season. Upon taking the mound, Railey induced Trent Grisham to ground out to first base. The next batter was Kim Ha-seong. He played five seasons for Lotte from 2015 to 2019. Against Reilly in the KBO, Kim hit .286 (12-for-42) with two home runs, six RBIs, three doubles, four triples, a .412 slugging percentage, and a .500 on-base percentage. Not bad numbers. Add to that a 1-for-2 performance in the majors, with a walk and a strikeout.
Kim wasted no time in swinging at Reilly’s 90 mph (144.8 km/h) sinker. The ball quickly sailed past the third baseman and rolled into the left field seats. The ball was clocked at 103.4 mph (166.4 km/h). It was an easy double. But Kim took second, adjusted his helmet for a moment, and boldly charged toward third base. The Mets’ left fielder, Pham, appeared to take a moment to process the hit. When he saw Kim running, Pham threw to third base. In the end, he couldn’t be faster than the ball. Kim tried to slide, but was tagged out. On the slow replay, it looked like he managed to avoid the glove at the last second, but his body ended up falling off the base and he was definitely out. Coincidentally, Juan Soto followed with a double to left field to make things even more frustrating for San Diego. Zander Bogaerts was seen consoling Ha-Sung Kim as he returned to the dugout. Railey came off the mound after being hit by Soto. He was replaced by Lugned O’Dowd with one out in the top of the ninth inning to end his day.The Dodgers lost 5-7 in 10 extra innings. San Diego ended its three-game winning streak and is now 41-47. That puts them in fourth place in the National League West. The Mets, on the other hand, are 42-46 after riding a hot six-game winning streak. They are in fourth place in the National League East.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Darvish took advantage of a wild pitch, but San Diego tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Kim Ha-Sung scored. Bogaerts’ subsequent grounder to third base capitalized on a throwing error, allowing Machado to score from second and make it a 2-1 game. In the bottom of the inning, Grisham hit a two-run double down the right field line to make it 3-1, but Darvish faltered again. Two batters later in the third, he gave up a solo shot to left to Lindor. In the fifth, he gave up a game-tying single to Vogelback with two on and three out. On the day, Darvish went five innings (58 of 100 pitches for strikes) with seven hits, three walks, one hit-by-pitch, four strikeouts and three runs, while Verlander went six innings (54 of 98 pitches for strikes) with five hits, three walks, two strikeouts and three runs (two earned).
The game ultimately came down to the bottom of the 10th inning, when McNeil led off with a double down the right field line and scored on Alvarez’s infield single. Two batters later, Pham was hit by a pitch and Lindor followed with a two-run single to left to make it 7-3. San Diego got a run in the bottom of the 10th when Machado drew a one-out walk, but that was it. Alvarez had four hits and Lindor three for the Mets on the day.◆ New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres starting lineup (July 8 at Petco Park, 42,712 fans)
- New York Mets: Brandon Nimmo (center field) – Tommy Pham (left field) – Francisco Lindor (shortstop) – Yoenis Alonso (first base) – Daniel Vogelback (designated hitter) – Starling Marte (right field) – Jeff McNeil (second base) – Francisco Alvarez (catcher) – Luis Guillorme (third base). Starting pitcher Justin Verlander.
- San Diego Padres: Ha-Sung Kim (second base)-Juan Soto (left field)-Fernando Tatis Jr. (right field)-Manny Machado (third base)-Zander Bogaerts (shortstop)-Jake Cronenweth (first base)-Gary Sanchez (catcher)-Matt Carpenter (designated hitter)-Trent Grisham (center field). Starting pitcher Darvish Yu.