SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Hong Kyu-bin (San Diego Padres) reached 20 stolen bases for the first time in his big league debut. Kim batted first and played second base in the Padres’ 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday (July 29).Kim showed off his quick feet in the field, going 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored .This is the first time Kim, who reached the big leagues in 2021, has stolen 20 bases in a season. He had six in 2021 and 12 last year .It comes a month and a half after Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) became the first player in a decade to reach 20 stolen bases since Choo Shin-soo (SSG Rangers) on March 17.With 14 home runs this season, Kim is one step closer to joining the 20-homer, 20-steal club .Only one other Korean hitter, Shin-Soo Choo, has achieved 20 home runs and 20 doubles in the major leagues. Shin-Soo Choo has done it three times: in 2009 (20 homers and 21 doubles), 2010 (22 homers and 22 doubles), and 2013 (21 homers and 20 doubles).No other Asian infielder has ever hit 20 home runs and 20 steals in the major leagues .In the bottom of the first inning, Kim used his quick feet to produce an casinositezone infield hit after hitting a fastball sinker from Korean-American pitcher Dane Dunning. The next batter, Fernando Tatis Jr. stole his 20th base of the season, and he raced to home plate on Juan Soto’s single to score the go-ahead run.After drawing a walk in the third and retiring the side in order in the fifth, Kim drew another walk in the bottom of the sixth to put runners on first and second with a 4-0 lead .After advancing on a wild pitch, he came home on Manny Machado’s single to right. He was nearly caught on a hard throw from right fielder Adolis Garcia, but Kim twisted his body slightly during a head-first slide to avoid the catcher’s tag .With his mission accomplished, Kim was replaced by Mashu Batten on defense in the top of the eighth inning. He raised his season batting average to .274.San Diego opened its three-game weekend series with a 7-1 victory over Texas. San Diego starter Joe Musgrove pitched six innings of four-hit ball with two walks and five strikeouts, his ninth straight quality start (six or more innings of three or fewer earned runs).

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