‘Leadoff man’ Kim goes 2-for-4 with a double and a walk…10 stolen bases for second straight year

By Oh Sang-jin Reporter= Starting in the leadoff spot, San Diego Padres outfielder Ha-Sung Kim had a multi-hit performance to help his team win the game.

Kim went 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in the leadoff spot against the Miami Marlins at Rondipo Park in Miami, Florida, on Sunday (Feb. 2). His season batting average remained at .241 and his OPS increased slightly to .717.

Kim worked a full count against Miami starter Jesus Luzardo in his first at-bat of the game in the top of the first inning, but struck out swinging on a six-pitch 97.8-mile-per-hour fastball.

Kim led off the fourth inning with an 0-2 count and took a 96.8 mph (155.8 km/h) fastball high on the body for a two-run double to left field. It was San Diego’s first hit of the day. Kim followed it up with a daring steal of third base. It was his 10th stolen base of the season, marking the second consecutive year he has reached double digits in stolen bases, dating back to last month’s 29th game against the New York Yankees. He later came home to tie the game when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a ground-rule double.안전놀이터

After singling to left field with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Kim completed his multi-hit game in the top of the seventh when he calmly drew a walk with runners on first and second. He later came home on a ground-rule double by Tatis Jr. for his second run of the day.

San Diego scored seven runs in the sixth inning alone to take the 10- win, avenging a close loss the day before.

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