Kim goes hitless; Darvish sets Japanese record for strikeouts.

Ha-Sung Kim (San Diego Padres) went 0-for-4 with a walk on Friday.

Kim batted first and played second base during the Padres’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Baltimore Orioles at Petco Park in San Diego, California, United States.

Kim was unable to get anything going against Baltimore starter Grayson Rodriguez and closer Felix Bautista, the American League’s winningest team.

After a grounder in the first and a foul fly in the third, Kim retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no outs after fouling off four pitches on full counts.

In the bottom of the ninth, he swung at a fastball up the middle from Bautista, but it was caught on a foul fly by the catcher.

Kim’s season batting average dropped slightly to .283.

Previously, Kim ended his hitting and reaching base streaks at 16 and 19 games, respectively, against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 13.

San Diego, which managed just four hits as a team on the day, fell to 1-4 and dropped its third straight.

Starting pitcher Darvish Yu suffered his eighth loss in as many starts after allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings.

However, he struck out six, giving him 1,919 career strikeouts, the most by a Japanese big leaguer in MLB history.

The previous record was held by Hideo Nomo (1995-2008-12 seasons) with 1918 strikeouts.

After compiling a 93-38 record and 1,250 strikeouts in seven years with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, Darvish went 103-83 with 1,919 strikeouts in 11 seasons in the major leagues, starting in 2012.

In June of this year, in his 197th big league game, he reached the 1,500-strikeout mark for the fewest games in history.

The record for most strikeouts by a Korean big leaguer is held by Chan Ho Park 먹튀검증 (1,715 strikeouts from 1994-2010).

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