I see 40 stolen bases… Ha-seong Kim completes ’36 stolen bases of the season’ with 1 walk and 1 stolen base against Oakland


 Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) added a stolen base.

Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) away game against the Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 16th (Korean time). He went 0-for-5 with one walk and one stolen base.

Since the game against the LA Dodgers on the 12th (1 hit in 4 at-bats), he has been hitless in two consecutive games. His season batting average fell slightly from 0.268 to 0.266 (132 hits in 497 at-bats).

He succeeded in stealing a base instead. It was his 36th stolen base of the season. On the 4th, against the San Francisco Giants, he accumulated 2 stolen bases and reached the 30 mark. He is the first Korean major leaguer. The previous record was 22 stolen bases by Choo Shin-soo (now SSG) of the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

Ha-seong Kim stole three bases in the game against the Houston Astros on the 9th. Following the game against the Dodgers on the 12th, they smiled as they added one stolen base each in the game against Oakland. He is currently recording 17 home runs and 36 stolen bases. If he hits three more home runs, he will become the first Asian infielder to achieve 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He also adds four stolen bases, making him the second Asian player to reach 40 stolen bases on the season after Ichiro Suzuki. Great records are ahead.스포츠토토

In his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, he competed with Oakland starting pitcher Sean Newcombe and retired with a fly ball to center field after five pitches. In the top of the second inning, he had a chance to score with bases loaded and no outs. Ha-seong Kim struck out on Newcomb’s 7th pitch, a four-seam fastball. In the top of the 4th inning, with no outs on first base, he hit relief pitcher Adrian Martinez’s first pitch and sinker, resulting in a double play.

In the top of the sixth inning, with one out and no runner on base, he got a straight walk against Martinez. Ha-seong Kim succeeded in stealing second base during Fernando Tatis Jr.’s subsequent at-bat. He completed his 36th appearance in the season.

However, dizzying scenes were also produced. He sprained his left ankle while sliding to second base. Ha-Seong Kim, who was complaining of pain, examined the condition of his ankle with coach Bob Melvin and the club trainer. After several checks, he said he was fine. He played normally without being substituted. He failed to score a follow-up hit.

Ha-Seong Kim swallowed his disappointment with a missed swing and strikeout in the top of the 8th inning with one out and no runner on base. In the top of the 9th inning, with 2 outs and no runners, the shortstop was out with a ground ball.

He didn’t have any outstanding moments in batting, but he did his part in defense. Ha-seong Kim quickly chased down Ryan Noda’s hit batted ball in the bottom of the 8th inning, caught it, and then accurately threw the ball to first base, resulting in an out.

Kim Ha-seong’s teammate Choi Ji-man returned to the big league that day. Choi Ji-man, who was diagnosed with a left rib sprain, was placed on the injured list (IL) on the 15th of last month. He spent his last six days rehabbing in Triple A, but suffered a bruise after being hit in the instep by his own batted ball. After a break, he successfully rejoined the team after playing rehabilitation games. 

San Diego recorded its second consecutive win with an 8-3 win over Oakland that day. They are 4th in the National League West Division (70 wins, 78 losses).

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