MLB’s ‘first designated hitter’ Kim Hae-sung hits for the seventh straight game with a double

SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) – After injuring his shoulder in a collision with a catcher, Kim Ha-seong, 27, of the San Diego Padres, started as a designated hitter for the first time in his big league career and produced a hit without missing a beat .Kim batted 1-for-4 and drew a walk in the designated hitter role against the visiting Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB) 2023 at Coors Field in 스포츠토토존 Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Monday He maintained his season average at .279 (94-for-337) and hit his first long ball of the season with his 15th double. The two doubles kept his on-base percentage at .374 for the season, and his OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) increased slightly from .821 to .822 thanks to the doubles. Kim was on third base in a home game against the Texas Rangers on March 31 when Xander Bogaerts hit an infield single. He was knocked out of the game when his right shoulder collided with the knee of Texas catcher Sam Huff. On this day, Kim reaffirmed his role as a key contributor to the team’s offense by slotting into the designated hitter position without the defensive burden .After an infield single in his first at-bat, Kim drew a walk in his second at-bat in the third inning, but was stranded at home on a wild pitch .He was stranded in the fifth on an infield single and in the seventh on a grounder to shortstop .Kim got one more at-bat, thanks to a dramatic game-winning home run by No. 9 hitter Trent Grisham with two outs in the ninth inning with San Diego down 2-3.Here, he took a technical swing at a low, three-pitch sinker from Colorado closer Justin Lawrence for a two-run double to deep left field. It was his first hit in seven games, dating back to May 25 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kim was unable to capitalize, however, as the next batter, Fernando Tatis Jr. struck out .San Diego missed a bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the 10th inning in a 스포츠토토 tiebreaker with a runner on second base. They gave up the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th and lost the game 3-4.At 52-55, San Diego remained in fourth place in the National League West.

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