29 April 2024

Kim Ha-sung 3G consecutive no-hit → batting average fell 0.220, and relegation to the 7th batting order was useless… SD also bogged down four consecutive losses

By pestfood.com

Kim Ha-sung (29) of the San Diego Padres is showing a longer-than-expected slump. He had no single hit in the three consecutive home games against the Philadelphia Phillies. His batting average dropped to 0.220 all of a sudden.
Kim Ha-sung started as the seventh batter and shortstop in the 2024 Major League Baseball (ML) regular season home game against Philadelphia at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 29th (Korea time), and recorded no hits, one walk, two strikeouts and one run in three times at bat.

As a result, Kim Ha-sung’s batting average for the season, which failed to record a hit in three consecutive games, fell from 0.226 to 0.20.

San Diego lost to Philadelphia 6-8. With 14 wins and 17 losses, the team lost to the San Francisco Giants, who won the game on the same day, in the second place in the NL West. In contrast, Philadelphia recorded 19 wins and 10 losses overall to maintain its second place in the NL East.

The biggest reason for the collapse was that starter Michael King had six hits (three homers) with three walks, six strikeouts and six runs in five ⅓ innings. Unlike the previous day, the batting lineup also struggled hard with nine hits, but Philadelphia’s firepower was stronger with three home runs. Philadelphia starter Taijuan Walker was able to secure his first win of the season thanks to the help of the batting lineup despite his poor performance of eight hits (two homers) with two walks, four strikeouts and six runs in six ⅓ innings.

San Diego’s lineup consists of Jurickson Profar (left fielder), Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder), Jake Cronenworth (first baseman), Manny Machado (third baseman), Xander Bogaerts (second baseman), Jackson Merrill (center fielder), Kim Ha-sung (striker), Graham Pauli (designated hitter) and Kyle Higashioka (catcher). The starting pitcher is Michael King.
In response, Philadelphia’s starting lineup consisted of Kyle Schwarber (designated hitter), Trea Turner (striker), Bryce Harper (first baseman), Alec Bohm (third baseman), J.T. Realmuto (catcher), Brandon Marsh (left fielder), Nick Castellanos (right fielder), Brian Stott (second baseman) and Johan Rojas (center fielder). The starting lineup is Taijuan Walker.

San Diego’s starting pitcher King was shaky from the beginning. He gave a big hit to Schwarber and a double to the left field by Bohm in the top of the first inning, and managed to take a breather by striking out Realmuto.

In the top of the second inning, he ended up losing a point. With one out, he gave up a walk to Castellanos, and the slider on the third pitch to Stat drove in the ball, giving a two-run shot to the right-center field.

In the meantime, San Diego failed to continue its flow. Tatis Jr. hit a double play in the bottom of the first inning, Merrill’s hit became a straight hit to the pitcher, and the runner on the first base was immediately out, creating another double play. Kim Ha-sung, who entered the batter’s box afterwards, also rolled up the sweeper that came in low for the fourth pitch, but he became a straight hit to the left field.

However, the central lineup showed strength. In the bottom of the third inning with two outs and a runner on the first base, Tatis Jr. recovered one point with a big timely double that hit the bottom of the left-center fence. Cronenworth, who took a day off, fired a superior two-run shot to celebrate his return. San Diego turned the game around 3-2.
Philadelphia also countered with a homer. It was the same scene as in the second inning. With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Castellanos walked to get on base, and Stat drew a two-run arch against the right-center field once again. Philadelphia turned the game around 4-3.

Kim once again cried at the breaking ball. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Walker’s ball was well selected to the full count, but he even watched the sinker at the end. Kim was disappointed by the referee’s decision on strike, but according to the official major league website MLB.com , it was a clear strike.

While San Diego was sluggish, Philadelphia continued to score points. In the top of the sixth inning, Bohm got on base with a hit, and Realmuto called him home with a two-run shot to the left-center field. In the top of the seventh inning, with two outs and runners on first and second base, Realmuto once again ran away with a timely RBI to the left field. Harper died at second base due to an overrun, but second baseman Schwarber homered faster and the score was recognized.

Kim Ha-sung finally got on base with a walk at the third batter’s box. Walker’s ball control was greatly shaken. Kim reached second base when Pauli hit an infield single and stepped home when pinch hitter Luis Campusano hit a two-run shot to the left-center field. San Diego’s 6-7 chase. 스포츠토토

That was all the chase, however. While Philadelphia got away with one more run in the top of the eighth inning with two outs and runners on second base, San Diego couldn’t score any more runs. Kim Ha-sung also finished the game by grounded out to third in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs.