Curve→Slider… Ha-seong Kim, ‘Living Legend’ Kershaw’s main weapon is perfect
Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres) scored his 10th RBI of the season against MLB representative pitcher Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers).
Ha-seong Kim started as a 7th batter and 2nd baseman in the 2023 MLB Dodgers home game held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA on the 6th (Korean time), recording 1 hit and 2 walks in 2 at-bats, San Diego’s 5-2 victory. led It was a big success that prevented the Dodgers from winning six games in a row.
Ha-seong Kim attacked Kershaw’s slider in the first at-bat at the end of the second inning, when San Diego was losing 0-1, but it ended up being a grounder in the infield. The ball flowed in front of the pitcher, leading to 1 (pitcher) 4 (2nd baseman) 3 (1st baseman) double hit.
At the end of the 4th inning, when the score was tied 1-1, he walked on base without a runner. He attempted to steal bases after one run, but was caught by opposing catcher Will Smith’s throw.
The hit came in the bottom of the 5th inning. San Diego took a 3-1 lead with Fernando Tatis Jr. hitting a two-run home run from Kershaw on first base with no out. In the ensuing situation, Manny Machado and Juan Soto opened up additional runs with consecutive hits.
Zehnder Bogarts and Nelson Cruz struck out one after another, and the score was in danger. Jake Cronenworth walked and loaded the bases, and Ha-seong Kim attacked Kershaw’s slider and sent the ball to the center with a sharp swing. Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas threw himself to prevent the ball from escaping into the outfield, and tossed it to second base, but runner Cronenworth touched the base first. Meanwhile, third base runner Machado scored.
In this situation, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took Kershaw off the mound and replaced Phil Bickford. Kim Ha-seong made a decisive hit on the Kershaw plate.
In a game on June 23, 2021, Ha-seong Kim hit a left-handed home run against Kershaw as a pinch hitter for pitcher Blake Snell. He attacked the main weapon (curve) of the league’s representative pitcher who only received the National League (NL) Cy Young Award three times. In this game as well, he led San Diego to a 3-2 victory by scoring an extra point to take the lead in a 2-0 lead. 안전놀이터
At the time, Ha-seong Kim said in an interview with local media, “His mother’s favorite player was Kershaw. He always wanted me to play on the same stage as Kershaw.”
In the 2022 season, there were only one strikeout without a hit in five matches. However, he delivered a hit that crushed Kershaw in the first head-to-head match between the two teams who will compete for the district (NL West) championship this season. The curve’s ‘waterfall’ curve is rated as harness. Following the curve two years ago, he also attacked the slider this time.
Ha-seong Kim later got one more walk. His batting average increased from 0.221 to 0.227. San Diego gave up 1 point at the beginning of the 7th inning, but ran away with 1 more point in the subsequent 8th attack.