San Diego Padres’ returning pitcher Ha-Sung Kim played good defence and had an RBI, but his team suffered an extra-inning loss.

Kim suffered the injury during the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on 26 June (KST). In his first at-bat in the second inning, he swung at a 93.8 mph (about 150 km/h) sinker from Jake Irvin that was coming towards him. But the pitch went into Kim’s left knee.

Kim immediately went down in pain after being hit by the pitch. He struggled to get up and was eventually helped to the dugout by trainers. It was feared that he had suffered a major injury, but luckily it was just a bruise. After a day’s rest, he returned to the starting line-up, proving that there was nothing wrong with his body.스포츠토토

On the 28th, Kim batted eighth and started at third base against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, and went 1-for-3 with one run, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout.

In the bottom of the first inning, Kim’s accuracy shone through. With runners on first and third, DJ LeMahieu lined a single to left field. Third baseman Aaron Judge came home and first baseman Anthony Rizzo sprinted home. However, left fielder Juan Soto fired to Kim Ha-sung, who made an accurate throw to first base to catch Rizzo. No more runs scored.

Kim struck out in his first at-bat in the top of the third inning, but drew a walk in his second at-bat in the top of the fifth. Then, in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied 1-1, Kim had his chance. With runners on first and second, he took Michael King’s first-pitch sinker. The ball sailed away for a 3-2 count, allowing pinch runner Jose Asocar to come home.

However, San Diego gave up a tying homer to LeMahieu in the bottom of the seventh. Kim came to the plate for the fourth time in the top of the ninth inning with runners on first and second, but first baseman Trent Grisham failed to steal, leaving the runners stranded.

The Yankees also failed to score in the regular inning, sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, San Diego was unable to score and in the bottom of the 10th, the Yankees won the game with runners on first and second and three outs, when Isaiah Kaino Palepa hit a game-winning single.

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