Who says defensive second baseman?
Kim Ha-seong’s (San Diego Padres) sensational bunt hit is the talk of the town in the U.S. media. Kim started at second base in the eighth spot in the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in San Diego’s 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 18 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. 먹튀검증
Kim has been one of the best defensive center fielders in the National League this season. Some have called him the best defensive second baseman in the game, but on this day, it was his bat that stole the show. In the top of the fifth inning, with the score 0-0, Kim batted leadoff and made an amazing surprise bunt to third base.
San Diego then had three batters in a row, starting with Kim, followed by Trent Grisham and Fernando Tatis Jr. Kim and Grisham were successful, while Tatis was unsuccessful, resulting in a sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, Juan Soto hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the game-winning run. Kim scored the game-winning run.
Even Tampa Bay starting pitcher Zach Eflin said of Kim’s bunt, “I panicked. It caught me off guard.” “I noticed that the third baseman (Isaac Paredes) was playing a little bit deep, and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to bunt,” Kim told MLB.com.
“Blake Snell was pitching pretty well, so I knew if we scored first, we’d have a good chance to win,” Kim continued. I watched Snell from behind, and he had great stuff. He showed why he’s a Cy Young winner.”
MLB.com reported, “Kim wasn’t the only one thinking that. On the very next pitch, Grisham bunted out of nowhere. Tatis also tried to get on base with a bunt.” According to Elias Sports Bureau, the three-pitch surprise bunt was the first since the Kansas City Royals did it against the Baltimore Orioles on September 1, 2019.
It’s exciting to see Kim show flair at the plate as well as on defense. It’s good to showcase his versatility instead of cementing his image as a defensive infielder. It was a 4+1 year, $39 million contract 안전토토사이트.