‘Injured’ Kim Hae-Sung falls to the ground after an unceremonious block… Should he have kicked it in instead?

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It was a dizzying moment, brought on by an unsportsmanlike play by an opponent. Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) collided with the opposing catcher as he was running home on a tag-up and injured his shoulder. He could have avoided the shoulder injury by kicking out.

Kim started at first base and second base for the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Aug. 31, but was removed from the lineup in the top of the fourth inning.

Kim has been on a tear lately, earning the manager’s trust as a leadoff hitter. He has become an integral part of the San Diego Padres organization. The San Diego home fans have been chanting his name every time he steps up to the plate. That makes this injury all the more unfortunate.

Kim batted leadoff in the top of the first inning with the score tied at 0-0. He got three straight pitches in the zone against Texas starter Cody Bradford. He watched the fourth pitch for a strike, then took the fifth pitch up the middle for a foul. In the sixth, he went for a high ball outside off, but it was again fouled. In the seventh, he picked off a 91.5-mph four-seam fastball in the zone and grounded out. Kim fulfilled his role as a leadoff hitter in the first inning. One out later, after Juan Soto struck out swinging, Kim boldly stole second base. It was Kim’s 21st stolen base of the season. However, he was unable to reach home as Manny Machado struck out swinging. 스포츠토토

In the bottom of the third inning, with the score still 0-0, Kim batted second. Once again, Kim harassed the opposing pitcher, forcing him to throw a total of seven pitches. After a first-pitch body strike, the second pitch was a high ball. The third pitch was a surprise bunt that was fouled off. Facing a 1-2 count, Kim persevered, fouling off pitches four and five. The sixth pitch was a ball. On a 2-2 pitch count, Kim pulled a 91.2 mph four-seam fastball hard on the seventh pitch. The ball was hit deep between the third baseman and shortstop, where Ezequiel Duran barely caught it and made a non-stop throw to first base, but Kim reached first.
In just two at-bats, Kim was in great form… Kim Ha-seong’s determination and the opposing catcher’s unsportsmanlike conduct led to the ‘injury’.
Kim Hae-sung reached base in just two at-bats. It was a moment that showed just how good Kim was at the plate and on the field, but the inning was the last we would see of him. After Fernando Tatis Jr. flied out to center field, Soto drew a walk to move Kim to second. Machado followed with a single to right, advancing Kim to third. San Diego’s chance to tie the game. The next batter, Xander Bogaerts, flied out to center field.

This is where Kim’s unfortunate injury happened. Texas makes the catch on Bogaerts’ hit.

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