April 12, 2021 09:32
Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres on Saturday hit his first home run since beginning his Major League Baseball career with the club early this year.
Playing shortstop and batting ninth against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, he also posted a hit and two runs in his two at-bats.
Kim led off the top of the fifth inning with the Padres trailing 3-2. With the count at one strike and one ball, Kim hammered a curveball from Rangers' starter Jordan Lyles into left field. The Padres won 7-4.
The homer followed Kim's strong defensive play the previous day, when he helped pitcher Joe Musgrove earn the first no-hitter in the Padres' history.
Kim helped Musgrove secure the 27th out of the day when Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop.
As Kim fielded the ball and threw it to first base to end the game, Musgrove's teammates mobbed him on the mound to celebrate the historic moment.
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