Kim Ha-seong (김하성) has reached base in 15 consecutive games with multiple plate appearances (two or more in a game), tying him with Japanese baseball hero Ichiro Suzuki (49).
Kim went 2-for-5 at first base and reached base twice in the leadoff spot in the Padres’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Aug. 8.
In doing so, Kim extended his streak of consecutive multi-hit games to 15, dating back to last month’s 23rd game against the Detroit Tigers, tying him with Ichiro Ichiro, the Asian record holder in that category.
During this stretch, Kim has consistently reached base with at least two hits and a walk in a game, raising his on-base percentage to .384.
He has also hit safely in 13 consecutive games since July 25.
According to Baseball-Reference, the record for most consecutive games with multiple hits is 23 games by the “Last Four Hitters” Ted Williams.
Ichiro reached base twice or more in 15 consecutive games from June 4-20, 2007, the longest streak by an Asian hitter.
Now, if Kim reaches base twice more in the next game, he will surpass Ichiro and become the first Asian player to do so.
After a straight hit to center field in the first inning, Kim lined a clean single to left field in his second at-bat with the bases loaded in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.
He scored on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s RBI double shortly afterward.
In the fifth inning, Ha-Sung Kim led off with a single up the middle. In the seventh, he struck out, and in his final at-bat in the ninth, he grounded out to first base.
Choi Ji-Man, who batted seventh, went hitless in two at-bats and scored once on a walk.
Kim raised his batting average to .288, while Choi dropped to .185.
San Diego led 5-0 before surrendering eight runs in the fourth and five in the sixth to lose 7-13. 파워볼