Game 1 of doubleheader against Arizona
15 games since Colorado
‘Former KBO leaguer’ gets the better of Kelly
San Diego Padres’ Ha-Sung Kim (28-photo) hit his 16th arch of the season with a leadoff home run in the first inning, leaving him four home runs shy of reaching the 20-homer, 20-run milestone.
Kim went 1-for-5 with a home run and an RBI while batting leadoff in game one of a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday.
Trailing 0-2 in the first inning, Kim led off with a walk and pulled a 146-mile-per-hour four-seam fastball over the left field fence off Arizona starter Merrill Kelly, who previously played for SK (now SSG) in the KBO. It was his first home run in 15 games since his last at-bat against the Colorado Rockies on April 3, and his fifth career first-inning leadoff home run. It’s the second time he’s hit one off Kelly since last September. Kim, who has 27 stolen bases, needs four more home runs to join the 20-20 club. He now has 45 RBIs on the season.
His next four at-bats were all walks. In the ninth inning, with San Diego trailing 4-6, he had runners on second and third with one out to tie the game, but he grounded out to first base on a full count.
Kelly, a former KBO player who is writing the myth of the “reverse export” success story, pitched 5.1 innings of three-run ball to earn the win and improve to 10-5 for the second straight year.토토사이트
In the second game of the doubleheader, Kim started at first base and batted second, but went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. With just one hit in eight at-bats over the two games, Kim’s batting average dropped to .278.
San Diego dropped both games of the doubleheader by scores of 4-6 and 1-8, dropping them to seventh place in the postseason wild-card race, 5.5 games behind the third-place Chicago Cubs.