San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Sung Kim, 26, was sidelined with an injury, but a pair of cannonballs helped the team win.
The San Diego Padres defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York, USA, in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series. It was their second straight win. The Yankees lost their third straight game.
Kim Ha-seong was absent from the game. This is due to the aftermath of his injury. The day before, he was hit in the left knee by a foul ball in his first at-bat of the second inning with his team down 0-1 against the Washington Nationals. Kim went down in excruciating pain and was unable to get up. He was helped off the field by a trainer. During the process, he couldn’t even put his left foot on his knee.
The post-match checkup was a relief. X-rays revealed a bruise.
“When I was first hit by the ball, 스포츠토토 I thought the worst had happened,” Kim said, “but fortunately, the results were better than I expected. Luckily, I was told it wasn’t a major injury, but it was very painful at the time. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said.
A day later, I felt much better. He trained normally, but was left out of the starting lineup.
San Diego started Fernando Tatis Jr. in right field, Jake Cronenwirth in second base, Juan Soto in left field, Zander Bogaerts in shortstop, Lugendo Odor in third base, Matt Carpenter in designated hitter, Brandon Dixon in first base, Trent Grisham in center field, and Austin Nola in catcher.
The teammates stepped up. A tight pitching battle broke the tie in the fifth inning. Cronenwirth led off the inning with a walk. Juan Soto followed with a cannonball. He took a six-pitch cutter from Yankees starter Randy Vasquez and sent it over the right field fence. It was a huge home run, traveling 432 feet (about 132 meters).
With the lead, San Diego pushed further. In the sixth inning, leadoff hitter Brandon Dixon led off with a walk, but was stranded at first base on a throwing error. However, Austin Nola drew another walk to load the bases. This time, Tatis Jr. took Ron Marinaccio’s first-pitch changeup for a grand slam. It was his eighth home run of the season, and it was a big one, traveling 439 feet (133 meters). The score was 4-0.
San Diego rallied in the bottom of the sixth. Starter Joe Musgrove singled and walked to put runners on first and third. Anthony Rizzo got out of the jam with an infield grounder, but a runner came home in the interim. He then got D.J. Lemieux to ground out to end the threat.
San Diego drove in a run in its final at-bat. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Soto doubled and Bogart singled to put runners on first and third.
Musgrove picked up his second win of the season, allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
San Diego won 5-1 and remained in fourth place in the National League West with a 24-27 record.