Kim pounds home run against Pittsburgh first multi-homer game in big leagues

San Diego Padres’ Kim Ha-seong celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on April 24, 2023. Kim hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning, his 13th and 14th of the season.

South Korean major leaguer Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres hit two home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kim batted first and started at third base for the San Diego Padres in their 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Friday (June 25).

Kim’s bat was hot in the first inning.

Leading off the inning, Kim pulled a four-seam fastball from starter Quinn Priester for a solo home run over the left-center field fence. It was his 13th home run of the season and third leadoff home run of his career.

Kim, who set the big league record for most home runs in a single season with his 12th against the Detroit Tigers on April 23, continued his recent hot streak by adding another home run in two games.

That wasn’t the end of it, though, as after being retired on a grounder to shortstop in the third inning, Kim arched another one in his next at-bat.

Trailing 8-1 in the fifth inning, he came to bat with two outs and pulled a slider from Friston for his 14th home run of the season.

It was the first multi-homer game of his big league career.

Despite Kim’s homer, the Padres are down 3-8 in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Ji-Man Choi was out of the starting lineup.

The right-hander hit his fifth home run of the season off Shohei Ohtani against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22, 한국야동 but has been left out of the lineup for three straight games.

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