From embarrassment over a high-ball call to bad luck… Kim Ha-seong stops his personal best 15-game hitting streak

San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong’s streak of consecutive games with a hit has come to an end.

Kim pinch-hit for the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday (June 21). The team lost 0-4, ending their recent two-game winning streak.

Kim was out of the starting lineup for the first time in a long time as San Diego went with a left-handed lineup against right-hander Chris Bassitt. Kim, who had his personal-best 15-game hitting streak snapped at 20 games (previously 14), went 1-for-4, dropping his season batting average from .264 to .263.

San Diego started Fernando Tatis Jr. in right field, Juan Soto in left field, Manny Machado at third base, Zander Bogaerts at shortstop, Jake Cronenweth at second base, Gary Sanchez at catcher, Matt Carpenter at designated hitter, Trent Grisham at center field, and Alfonso Rivas at first base. Cronenweth, a left-handed hitter, started at second base in place of Kim.

In the bottom of the second, Toronto put runners on second and third with two outs on singles by Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Curtis. Jordan Ruffalo followed with a single up the middle to score Espinal and make it 1-0.안전놀이터

The game remained a tight one-run contest as neither team was able to capitalize. After missing a golden opportunity with runners on second and third in the top of the sixth, the Dodgers brought in Ha-Sung Kim in place of Rivas after Grisham walked with one out in the top of the seventh.

Kim had a look of disbelief on his face as a sinker high over first base was followed by a slider two pitches up and away that was called a strike. With a two-strike count, he scooped up a three-pitch low fastball, but first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. caught it with his back to the plate in an awkward position.

Pitch-by-pitch breakdown of Kim’s 21 games. Major League Baseball Official Website

However, Grisham thought it was a hit and started at first base, but was eventually tagged out by pitcher Tim Mayza. The play was ruled a double play, ending San Diego’s offense in the top of the seventh.

Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Guerrero Jr. hit an opposite-field solo shot off Luis Garcia. Then in the bottom of the eighth, with the bases loaded, Kirk hit a two-run homer to left field to give the Jays a 4-0 win and snap a two-game losing streak. San Diego’s winning streak was snapped.