Ha-seong Kim, weakness in fastball? 

Outstanding defense in any position, the ability to take a shot when the team needs it. However, the assessment that the fastball has a weakness followed Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego). Kim Ha-seong washed away concerns by hitting the ball in the mid-150 km/h range and creating a long hit.

Ha-seong Kim started as the second batter and third baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Boston Red Sox held at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 21st (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats.

The batting average for the season was slightly raised from 0.235 to 0.236, but San Diego lost to Boston 2-4 in the silence of the batting line with only 3 hits. 4 consecutive losses.

Amidst the sudden injury of third baseman Manny Machado, Kim Ha-seong took on the role of third baseman on this day as well. At the end of the first inning, Kim Ha-seong, who was unable to reach a high speed ball at 95 miles per hour (152 km) in his first at-bat and withdrew with a looking strikeout, recorded a shortstop grounder at the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kim Ha-seong, who came out as the lead batter at the end of the 6th inning, pushed a 96 mile (154.5 km) fast ball outward and connected it with a double that flowed along the right field line. It is the first long hit in six games since the home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 14th. Afterwards, in the fourth at-bat at the end of the eighth inning, he withdrew with a floating ball to center fielder.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, an American media, said on the 10th, “If a shortstop is seriously injured in a team aiming to advance to the postseason (PS), Ha-seong Kim has considerable value.” There is,” he pointed out.

Therefore, it seems that Ha-seong Kim’s confidence in building a long hit by pushing a fast ball into the direction also seems to be helpful.

He did his part on defense as well. In the top of the 6th inning, with no runners safe, Hernandez’s tricky ball was caught with a short bound and a clean throw increased the count by one.

There was also a nerve war. Earlier, in the at-bat, he appealed to the referee about the opposing pitcher, but Martin expressed his dissatisfaction with Kim Ha-seong in the process of heading to the dugout after finishing the at-bat. Ha-seong Kim also responded without hesitation, but it did not lead to a big problem.

In San Diego, there were two solo shots in addition to Kim Ha-sung’s double, but that was all. The moment starter Joe Musgrove was hit by a three-run gun from Enmanuel Valdez in the top of the second inning, the momentum already passed. San Diego was seldom able to attack Boston pitchers, even after Kim Ha-seong’s double, backing down with 10 consecutive hits.

San Diego, which recorded 20 wins and 26 losses, had an 8.5 game win over the Dodgers (29 wins, 18 losses), which ranked first in the National League (NL) West Division.안전놀이터

Musgrove took his 2nd loss (1 win) of the season with 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings. On the other hand, Boston recorded 26 wins and 20 losses, sprinting for 4 consecutive victories amid good fighting by Chris Sale, who won 4 wins (2 losses), 3 hits (2 home runs), 8 strikeouts and 2 runs in 7 innings. It is fourth in the Eastern Division of the American League (AL).

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