Ha-Seong Kim aims to put bad day behind him

San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (7) throws the ball to first base to record an out against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh… Purchase Licensing Rights, opens new tab Read more

April 8 – San Diego Padres manager Mike Shildt said he’ll trust shortstop Ha-Seong Kim any day of the week defensively.

But one of the best fielders in the major leagues had an off-game that might have cost his team a series win Sunday. Kim’s first two errors of the year led to three unearned runs and a 3-2 loss at San Francisco.

Kim and San Diego will hope for a better result Monday night when the Chicago Cubs come to town to start a three-game series.

“Disappointed about the loss today,” Kim said through an interpreter. “Hopefully, I don’t have things like this going forward. There’s many more games to come, so I’m just going to try to prepare my best for the next game.”

Kim’s wild throw led to the Giants’ first run in the sixth inning, and he dropped the ball in the eighth as he tagged Jorge Soler for what would have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, San Francisco tallied two runs and the Padres fell to 5-7.

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Their offense didn’t help matters, either. In the past six games, the Padres have just 15 runs.

They had ample opportunities Sunday, outhitting the Giants 11- 6, but they hit into a pair of double plays and left seven runners on base. That included Jackson Merrill at second in the ninth as pinch-hitter Luis Campusano struck out to end the game.

“Just about execution at the end of the day,” Shildt said.

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Yu Darvish (0-1, 2.30 ERA) will hope for better run support and aim for his first win in four starts. The right-hander gave up three runs in seven innings during a 5-2 loss Tuesday to St. Louis. In four career starts against the Cubs, Darvish is 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA, permitting just 12 hits in 26 1/3 innings and striking out 33.

Meanwhile, Chicago enters Monday’s matchup with six wins in the past seven games, including an 8-1 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rain-delayed affair at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have been scoring in bunches in this stretch, averaging 7.6 runs per game.

Gideon Canice

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