Reporter Park Yoon-seo = Korean major leaguers have become victims of misjudgment.
San Diego Padres outfielder Kim Ha-seong started the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Sept. 29 (local time) and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
From his first at-bat, a bad call left Kim feeling frustrated. In the first inning, Kim faced Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller and struck out looking.
It was a bizarre strikeout call. On a 2-ball-2-strike count, Kim saw a 94.5-mph (152.1-kilometer) outside sinker on Keller’s fifth pitch. It was clearly out of the strike zone, but the umpire called it a strike. After the strike was called, Kim immediately looked at the umpire and was devastated.
The unfair call affected his next at-bat. With runners on second and third in the second inning, Kim swung at a five-pitch, 84.1-mph (approximately 135.3-kilometer) sweeper from Keller that sailed over the left-field fence. The pitch was ruled a strike in the first at-bat, and Kim was aggressive at the plate, but was unable to produce a hit.바카라사이트
Overall, the umpire’s strike zone was wide on this day. Outside pitches that crossed the boundary line were called strikes. Kim wasn’t the only San Diego hitter to struggle with the umpire’s strike zone. Frustrated with the umpire’s call, San Diego manager Bob Melvin protested from the bench in the seventh inning and was eventually ejected.
Pittsburgh’s Bae Ji-hwan had been devastated by a ridiculous call by the umpire the day before. In both his third and fifth at-bats, high pitches outside the strike zone were called strikes.
Bae vented his anger. In the sixth inning, he appealed to the umpire after a ball that came in close to his body was called a strike. The umpire immediately called him out. The ball to the body was also not in the strike zone. Bae, who struggled to maintain his normal batting balance, finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two strikeouts.