Kim Ha-seong raises his batting average to .272
Choi Ji-Man went 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter
San Diego Padres outfielder Ha-seong Kim (28) had a multi-hit game for the second straight day.
Kim started at second base and leadoff for the Padres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on June 26, going 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.
After hitting his first multi-homer game in the majors the day before against Pittsburgh, Kim also had two hits in the game.
With his third straight game with a hit, Kim raised his season average to .272 and added his 19th stolen base of the season.
After singling to center field in his first at-bat of the game, Kim put runners on second and third with one out in the second inning when he was hit by Pittsburgh starter Rich Hill’s sinker into left field.
Kim led off the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead and took a low outside curveball from Hill for a single to left-center field.
He then stole second on a Fernando Tatis Jr. single and advanced to third on a double steal. However, he was unable to get the next batter to reach base.
Kim (14 homers, 19 doubles) is one step closer to reaching 20-20 for the first time in his career.
Kim led off the seventh inning with a single to left field against reliever Yerry De Los Santos.
However, he was unable to steal second base, and the next batter, Juan Soto, hit a home run to make the situation even more frustrating.
In his final at-bat in the eighth inning, Kim flied out to center field.
Pittsburgh’s Choi Ji-Man got a chance to pinch-hit for the first time in four games since hitting his fifth solo home run of the season against the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani on May 22.
Choi led off the seventh inning and struck out swinging. Choi’s batting average dropped further to .183 on the season.
San Diego went on to win the game 5-1 behind the play of Gary Sanchez, who hit a game-tying RBI double, and solo home runs by Manny Machado and Juan Soto.
After snapping a two-game losing streak, 한국야동 San Diego (49-53) is in fourth place in the National League West.
Pittsburgh (44-57) remained in last place in the National League Central.