Kim Ha-Sung’s ‘No. 1 hitter instinct’ pounds out 11 HRs, 2 RBIs

When you lead off, your on-base percentage – slugging percentage wormwood.
San Diego loses extra-inning upset

When San Diego’s Ha-Sung Kim (28, pictured) bats first, opposing starting pitchers have to be on edge. If they let their guard down, they’ll find out the hard way what the dreaded No. 1 hitter is all about. On July 17, Kim batted leadoff for the visiting Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball (MLB), robbing Zack Wheeler (33) of a leadoff home run (his 11th of the season).

Up to this point, Kim had batted leadoff in 20 games this season, compiling an OPS of 1.156 in his first at-bat. Kim’s Nexen (now Kiwoom) teammate Park Byung-ho (37-KT) had an OPS of 1.150 when he won the 2015 home run title (53). He also has a 0.900 OPS when batting leadoff, which is higher than his season-long mark (0.769).

San Diego manager Bob Melvin, 62, who has used Kim in the leadoff spot in 11 straight games, said, “I feel like he’s hitting the ball a little bit better when he’s in the leadoff spot, and our hitters are getting more opportunities to hit. I’d like to see him get more at-bats if I can,” said San Diego manager Derek Jeter (62), “He’s one of the few guys on our team that can really hit in the leadoff spot.”

In the top of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the score tied at 5-5, Kim hit a two-run double off the left field wall to tie the game at 5-5. It was the 18th time this season that Kim had two or more hits in a game. 카지노사이트 San Diego, however, fell to the Phillies 6-7 in 12 extra innings to snap a three-game losing streak.

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