San Diego Padres infielder Ha Sung Kim, 28, performs a rousing dance routine. He turned heads with his extraordinary performance as he overcame the lingering effects of his injury.
Kim Ha-seong started at 스포츠토토 shortstop in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on Monday (June 28).
Kim was hit in the left knee by his own foul ball against the Washington Nationals on the 26th and was immediately replaced. He was helped off the field by trainers, causing concern for many fans, but fortunately, an X-ray revealed a bruise with no broken bones.
Kim’s true colors were revealed in his third at-bat. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning, he lined a single up the middle off Michael King, who had pitched the most innings (27⅔) of any Yankees bullpen pitcher with a 1.95 ERA.
On defense, he shined twice. In the bottom of the first inning, a fantastic relay play prevented a run from scoring. With runners on first and third, DJ LeMahieu doubled, and with one out, he made a quick throw home from left fielder Juan Soto to prevent the runner from scoring.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, he picked off leadoff hitter Kainer Palepa’s hit-by-pitch, spun around and threw accurately to first base to rob him of a hit. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, also praised him, saying, “Kim Ha-seong, who returned from injury, made an outstanding performance at shortstop.”
Meanwhile, San Diego lost 2-3 to the Yankees in extra innings, giving up the game-winning hit. The Padres are now 24-28 on the season and are in fourth place in the National League West. The game differential with the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers is ‘7.5’.