The San Diego Padres returned to a 50% win rate (8-8) by winning 10-3 thanks to Jake Cronenworth’s 2 homers and 6 RBIs.
SD, which had fallen to 7-8 with three consecutive losses against the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, desperately needed a clutch hit. On the 16th (Korean time) Jackie Robinson Day, the savior of offense appeared. It was Cronenworth (29), a left-handed hitter who signed a 7-year, 80 million dollar extension at the beginning of the season.
Head coach Bob Melvin, who has three consecutive losses, used his left-handed line to full capacity, targeting Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta (2-1, 3.18). Cronenworth was placed in the starting lineup as second baseman No. 6. Ha-seong Kim was excluded from the starting lineup.
Cronenworth opened the door with a right-handed hit that tied the score 2-2 following Nelson Cruz’s timely hit at the end of the first inning when the score was trailing 0-2. At the end of the 5th inning, when the score was tied 3-3, Woo Joong-wol broke the balance with a two-run home run. He hit Peralta’s first pitch changeup. 안전놀이터
SD widened the score to 7- with Cruise’s sacrifice fly in the 7th inning. Following Cruise’s RBI, Cronenworth fired another hardening cannon. He hit the sinker of left-handed three quarterer Hobby Miller and hit a two-run home run in the same course again. Season 3. Cronenworth’s RBI hunt also increased the score to 10-3 with a 6th run on a push walk in the 8th inning.
SD’s 5th Cruise and 6th Cronenworth combined for 7 at-bats, 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 points and 9 RBIs to avenge the 2-11 defeat the previous day. Cronenworth’s first multi-home run and 6 RBIs are also the most, and the course in the middle right of Petco Park has become the ‘Kronen Zone’.
Manager Melvin replaced first baseman Matt Carpenter with second baseman Ha-seong Kim in the 8th inning at number 7, and Cronenworth moved to the original first base position. Kim Ha-seong was out due to a catcher foul fly with two outs loaded in the 8th inning. His batting average fell to 0.234 with no hits in 9 at-bats against Milwaukee.
SD has to win the last game of the 4-game series on the 17th to tie the series. Milwaukee lefty Wade Miley (1 win, 1 loss 2.45) and Darvish Yu (1 loss 4.76) face off. For Ha-seong Kim, it is an opportunity to pick a hit against Milwaukee.
At the beginning of the season, Kim Ha-seong had a batting average of 0.316 (6 hits in 19 at-bats, 3 doubles, 1 home run) and 3 RBIs for lefties, and a 0.179 batting average (5 hits and 1 home run in 28 at-bats) for right-handers. Last year, there was no big difference with right-handed batting average of 0.243, 9 home runs and 41 RBIs, left-handed batting average of 0.270, 2 home runs and 18 RBIs. This is the reason why he is taken out of the starting lineup when he is a right-hander in the beginning.