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(LEAD) Padres' Kim Ha-seong falls homer short of cycle in 4-hit game

14:39 August 03, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with performance in 2nd game of doubleheader in paras 5-8)
By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- Few players in baseball are as hot as Kim Ha-seong right now.

The South Korean infielder for the San Diego Padres enjoyed his first career four-hit game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday (local time), going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 13-5 victory. It was the first game of a doubleheader,

Kim fell a home run shy of a cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a triple.

Former Texas Rangers All-Star Choo Shin-soo is so far the only South Korean to have hit for the cycle in the majors.

In this Associated Press photo, Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres reacts after sliding home safely against the Colorado Rockies during the bottom of the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Petco Park in San Diego on Aug. 3, 2022. (Yonhap)

Kim also started the second game of the twin bill, but went hitless in four trips to the plate.

It was still a productive day for Kim, who has been batting .375/.444/.625 with a home run, four RBIs and two steals over his past seven games.

Kim batted .314/.372/.443 in July and all four of his hits in August came in the first game of the doubleheader versus the Rockies.

For the season, Kim is batting .249/.332/.374 in 96 games, with six home runs and 37 RBIs.

As a big league rookie in 2021, Kim batted only .202/.270/.352 with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 117 games.

Batting seventh and playing shortstop, Kim singled off starter Ryan Feltner in his first at-bat in the second inning. Then in the fourth, Kim hit a double against the Colorado right-hander.

Then with the score knotted at 3-3 with two outs in the fifth, Kim knocked in a go-ahead run with a single off reliever Jake Bird.

In this USA Today Sports photo via Reuters, Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres heads to first base after hitting a triple against the Colorado Rockies during the bottom of the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Petco Park in San Diego on Aug. 3, 2022. (Yonhap)

After popping out in the seventh, Kim capped off his four-hit night with a triple in the eighth inning.

With their third straight win, the Padres improved to 59-46, good for the second wild card spot in the National League. They also made the biggest splash at the trade deadline earlier in the day, acquiring talented outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals, along with first baseman Josh Bell, in exchange for six players.

With Soto in the mix and All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. nearing a return from wrist injury, Kim may be pushed out of the starting lineup soon. There had been talks of moving Tatis to the outfield and keeping Kim's excellent glove at shortstop, but the trade for Soto likely means Tatis will stay at shortstop and Kim will be relegated to the bench.

In this USA Today Sports photo via Reuters, Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres hits a double against the Colorado Rockies during the bottom of the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Petco Park in San Diego on Aug. 3, 2022. (Yonhap)

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