San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong (28) hit his first multi-hit since returning from injury.
Ha-seong Kim started as shortstop number 2 in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 25th (Korean time) and performed well with 2 hits and 2 runs in 5 at-bats. Kim Ha-seong, who played an active role in reaching base 3 times in the last game, raised his season batting average to 2.66 li (136 hits in 512 at-bats). Kim Ha-seong, who had been unable to play for a while due to stomach pain, recorded multiple hits in three games after returning on the 23rd.
San Diego won 12-2 and maintained its hopes of advancing to the postseason. The San Diego batting lineup had 18 hits and 2 home runs. Juan Soto led the victory by hitting his 33rd home run of the season, going 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 home run, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Luis Campusano also had a three-hit game, and Jose Ajocar hit his second home run of the season. Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., Matthew Batten, and Eddie Rosario had multiple hits.
San Diego starting pitcher Michael Waka earned his 13th win of the season with a good pitching in 7 innings, allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, and 2 runs. The bullpen team led by Rich Hill (1 inning of no runs) and Jose Espada (1 inning of no runs) preserved the victory.
San Diego was 77-79, two wins away from a .500 winning percentage. They are on the rise with 9 wins and 1 loss in the last 10 games. There is still a mathematical possibility of advancing to the postseason, but realistically it is not an easy situation because if the team loses 2 in the remaining 6 games or the team ranked 3rd in the wild card wins 2, they will be eliminated from the postseason. It is unfortunate that it started to rise late.
For St. Louis, starting pitcher Drew Rome recorded a loss, allowing 11 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 8 runs (6 earned) in 3⅓ innings. Luken Baker hit his second home run of the season, but it was overshadowed by the team’s loss.
San Diego opened the bottom of the first inning with leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts hitting a double. On Kim Ha-seong’s batted ball, right fielder Jordan Walker made a catching error, putting the team on second and third base with no outs. Juan Soto scored the first run with a three-run home run.
San Diego, who had taken the lead, added one more run in the second inning, following Egui Rosario’s triple, Bogaerts hit an RBI triple, and Kim Ha-seong’s batted ball resulted in a throwing error by the third baseman. In the third inning, following a hit by Fernando Tatis Jr., a double by Luis Campusano, and a walk by Garrett Cooper, Matthew Batton hit a timely hit with an RBI to make it 6-0. 레모나토토
San Diego’s attack continued in the fourth inning. With one out, Ha-Seong Kim hit a double to get into scoring range, followed by Soto’s RBI double and Tatis Jr.’s RBI single. In the 5th inning, Jose Ajocar hit a solo home run.
San Diego widened the lead to 12-0 in the 6th inning with a hit by Soto, a hit by Campusano, a timely hit by Cooper with an RBI, a baton walk, and a double by Egui Rosario.
St. Louis started to catch up late in the 7th inning with Richie Palacios’ double and Luken Baker’s two-run home run, but no more runs were scored.