Kim Ha-sung’s bitter taste in the luxurious lineup of pinch-hitter replacement since he was out twice
Korean infielder Kim Ha-sung (27) of the San Diego Padres failed to produce a hit this time.
Kim Ha-sung started as the ninth batter shortstop in a home game against the Colorado Rockies in the 2022 Major League Baseball at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on the 5th (Korea Standard Time).
On the same day, San Diego started the lineup with Jurickson Pro (left fielder), Manny Machado (third baseman), Juan Soto (right fielder), Josh Bell (nominated hitter), Brandon Drury (second baseman), Will Myers (first baseman), Trent Grisham (middle fielder), Austin Nola (catcher), and Kim Ha-sung.
Kim Ha-sung, who took his first at-bat with no outs and runners on first base in the bottom of the third inning, hit an 80-mile curve that came in his seventh pitch after a full-count battle with Colorado starter Kyle Freeland, but was forced to fly out to center field.
At the bottom of the fifth inning, a chance to first and second base with one out approached, but the result was a flyout for the second baseman. Freeland’s first 90-mile four-seam fastball failed to achieve the desired result.
San Diego used Jake Cronenworth as a pinch hitter during Kim Ha-sung’s at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and runners on first and third base, and Kim Ha-sung had to finish the game with only two at-bats without a hit. For San Diego, the opponent had to prepare for this by replacing right-hander Carlos Estevez. That’s why Kim Ha-sung, the right-handed batter, was excluded and left-handed hitter Cronenworth was put in the game. Cronenworth, however, ended up with a foul flyout to third base.
In fact, if San Diego had not strengthened its aggressive power ahead of the deadline for trade deadlines such as Soto, Bell, and Drury, Kim Ha-sung and Cronenworth might have been the main players side by side. It is worth watching what changes will happen to Kim Ha-sung’s position in the future as San Diego has a super-luxury lineup 안전공원
The game saw San Diego kneel 3-7. San Diego won five consecutive games until the previous day (4th), but the winning streak was cut off in the game. Kim Ha-sung’s batting average fell to .248 and Musgrove suffered his fifth loss of the season (8 wins) as he slumped with eight hits and six runs in 4이닝 innings