Clayton Kershaw 메이저사이트 (35, LA Dodgers), who announced a revival by being selected as the National League Pitcher of the Month for the first time in seven years last month, ruined his first appearance in May. He couldn’t make it past the 5th inning as he was hit by Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) in a timely manner and was beaten. It was an embarrassing day for Kershaw, who pitched six or more innings in all six games this year.
Kershaw started on the 6th (hereinafter Korean time) in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against San Diego held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA. Kershaw, who suffered his second loss (five wins) of the season as the Dodgers lost 2-5, increased his ERA from 1.89 to 2.53.
It was regrettable that only Fernando Tatis Jr. allowed home runs in consecutive hits with a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run four in the fifth inning. In the 5th inning, with 2 outs and bases loaded, Kim Ha-seong hit the shortstop infield, gave up the 4th run, and was knocked out with 94 pitches.
Uncharacteristically for Kershaw, it was a day when the title collapsed. In the 4th inning, Ha-seong Kim was allowed 5 walks, including a straight walk. It was the 13th time in his career that Kershaw gave more than 5 walks, and it was the first time in 4 years since the game against San Diego (5 walks) on August 2, 2019. Previously, in the first six games of the season, he had only 1.2 per 9 innings with 5 walks in 38 innings, but it was shaken to 5 on this day alone.
According to local media such as ‘MLB.com’, Kershaw said after the game, “There were only five walks. That is unacceptable,” he said. “It is difficult to do anything if the command is not good. I don’t usually have this problem, but today it wasn’t good. Opposing batters also did well without leaving the strike zone. They should also be acknowledged,” he said.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “I thought Kershaw’s pitch was good. He also struck out two in the fifth inning. However, he was disappointed with one ball to end the inning against Kim Ha-seong.” Although the count was 1-2 in favor of Ha-seong Kim, the 5th slider hit the shortstop infield and led to a hit, and Kershaw went down the mound without finishing the inning.
Meanwhile, Kim Ha-seong, who started as the 7th hitter and second baseman, went 2 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 2 walks on 3 bases. He hit a double hit in the second inning, but picked off a walk in the fourth, then took Kershaw down with a timely hit in the fifth. Season 10 RBI. In the 7th inning, Kim Ha-seong, who got a walk from Shelby Miller and succeeded on 3rd base, raised his season batting average to .227 (22 hits in 97 at-bats), on-base percentage of .336, and OPS of .707.