’20-20 for the big leagues’ Kim Ha-Sung has all the stolen bases…now he needs six home runs

The San Diego Padres’ Ha-Sung Kim has conquered the 20-double plateau and is six home runs away from joining the coveted 20-homer, 20-double club. San Diego has 58 games left to play. It’s well within reach.

On April 29 (KST), Kim started the 메이저놀이터 game at first and second base against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park in San Diego, California. On the day, Kim went 1-for-3 with a hit and two walks. He also added a stolen base. As a leadoff hitter, he put food on the table. Kim’s performance helped San Diego to a 7-1 victory.

In his first at-bat, Kim singled and stole a base. He led off with an infield single and stole second with Tatis Jr. at the plate. He then came home on Soto’s single to give the team the lead.

With the steal, Kim reached the 20-steal plateau for the season. After showing off his quick feet with 12 stolen bases last season, Kim showed off his blistering pace to reach 20 stolen bases in 104 games.

The stolen bases were the first step toward joining the iconic 20-homer, 20-steal club. Six home runs remain. Kim has already hit 14 home runs this season, and his pace is frightening, with five in July alone. Since settling into the top of the order, he’s been excelling at getting on base as well as hitting for extra bases, and at this rate, 20 home runs doesn’t seem so far-fetched. He could become the second Korean major leaguer to join the 20-20 club after Shin-Soo Choo. It’s a shortcut to the big leagues. Choo Shin-soo also hit 20-20 and saw his team’s status and popularity “skyrocket”.

Kim Ha-seong drew two walks in the first inning to complete his three-hit game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, with runners on second and third, he calmly picked the ball out of the air, took advantage of the opportunity, and crossed home plate to double his tally for the day.

Kim tried to slide to avoid the catcher’s tag in the sixth inning. An injury concern. He was taken out of the game in the eighth inning. The injury is said to be minor. Good news for Kim and San Diego.

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