‘Hitting for the fences’ Kim takes down the AL’s best again

Ha-Sung Kim of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) couldn’t get his multi-hit streak (two or more hits in a game) going again. But he did come through with a game-winning hit against the Baltimore Orioles, the American League’s best team this season.

Kim batted first and second in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Sunday (July 17), going 1-for-4 with a run scored and a walk to lead the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory. San Diego is in fourth place in the National League West and out of contention for a postseason berth, but it was the second straight day the Padres swept Baltimore, which leads the American League in overall wins. 안전놀이터

Kim, who had a multi-hit game (two or more hits in a game) the previous day to lead the team to a 10-3 victory, had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the third inning and scored to make it a 2-1 game. The team held on to the lead the rest of the way, and Kim scored the game-winning run.

Kim led off the first inning with a single and was out on a grounder to third base. But in the third inning, with the bases loaded, Kim hit a single to right field, allowing Trent Grisham to reach third base with time to spare. With runners on first and third, Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to tie the game at 1-1, and with runners on first and second, Xander Bogaerts singled up the middle, scoring Ha-Sung Kim from second base to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. After being stranded at second base in the fourth, Kim grounded out to third base in the seventh, his first at-bat against Baltimore’s Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami.

Meanwhile, Tatis Jr. drove in the winning run in the seventh inning when Baltimore left-hander Sionel Perez took a long, pitch-ready stance without looking at third base, then raced home from third base on a perfect home steal.

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