The San Diego Padres’ hopes for fall baseball, where Kim Ha-seong is playing, have faded.
San Diego lost 4-5 in an away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on the 31st (hereinafter Korean time).
The first priority was San Diego. Kim Ha-seong, who started as second baseman and first batter, hit from the first at-bat and became the team’s first runner. In the second inning, he hit a timely hit that ran further.안전놀이터
Kim Ha-seong is on a three-game hitting streak. He is showing a good hitting feeling with 5 hits and 2 RBIs in 3 games. He went 4 at-bats, 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run, but his team lost.
At the beginning of the 7th inning, when the match was 3-3, Juan Soto’s timely hit to the left center took a 4-3 lead. However, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Josh Hader threw a sinker at 97.2 miles per hour (about 156 km) on the third pitch to Tommy Edman from second out and second base and gave up a two-run homer, ending the game.
MLB.com said, “Edman hit Hader’s fast ball at 97.2 mph. Hader dropped his head for a moment, then looked back. When the ball landed over the right-middle outfield fence at Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis bullpen is located, the San Diego closer went down to the dugout.”
MLB.com then said, “The winning rate has fallen below 50%. With 28 games remaining, we are behind the wild card spot by 7.5 games.”
Hader, who was hit with a walk-off home run, said, “Whether it goes your way or not, you shouldn’t stop fighting. He never quits. We will do it until the end.” However, San Diego is not good with 1 win and 5 losses from Milwaukee on the 26th to St. Louis on this day.
“It’s getting harder and harder,” admitted San Diego manager Bob Melvin. However, director Melvin couldn’t hide his regret, saying, “It’s disappointing to everyone.”