‘Hit, run, steal’ Kim Hae-Sung has multi-hit game, 22nd stolen base of the season, ties Korean big leaguer record

Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) shows no signs of slowing down.

The outfielder went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, an RBI and a stolen base in the leadoff spot against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Kim’s eight-game hitting streak and multi-hit performance raised his season batting average from .279 to .281.

After striking out in the first and walking in the third, Kim got his bat going in the fifth. With runners on first and second in the top of the fifth with the score tied 1-1, Kim hit an outside slider from Colorado starter Peter Lambert with the tip of his bat. The ball rolled exquisitely toward third base as if it were a surprise bunt, and while the pitcher tried to catch it and throw to first base, Kim was quick on his feet and had already reached first base for an infield single. Fernando Tatis then hit a deep fly to shortstop with the bases loaded to give San Diego a 2-1 lead, and Kim was thrown out at second base.

After being retired on a grounder in the seventh, Kim completed the multi-hit game in his final at-bat in the ninth. With runners on first and second in the top of the ninth with San Diego leading 8-4, Kim worked a full count against Colorado pitcher Jake Bird and took a six-pitch sinker over the second baseman’s head for a single to center field. With runners on first and third, Kim stole second base for his 22nd stolen base of the season. However, he was unable to score on the ensuing hit.

After stealing six bases in 2021 and 12 in 2022, Kim’s 22nd steal of the day gave him 40 in his major league career. It also tied the record for most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean player, set by Choo Shin-soo with 22 for the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians) in 2010. Kim still has 54 games left in the season, so 30 steals is still within reach. 먹튀검증

Meanwhile, San Diego, led by a multi-homer game from Juan Soto and multi-hit performances from Kim, Ha-Sung Kim, and Kronenwirth, avenged a previous day’s loss with an 8-5 victory over Colorado. At 53-55 on the season (.491 winning percentage), San Diego maintained a five-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers (58-50, .537 winning percentage), who straddle the National League wild-card cutoff.

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