National baseball team loses in Korea-Ja ...

National baseball team loses in Korea-Japan game at Asian Championships red light finals

Dec 10, 2023

Starter Lee Byung-hun gave up 2 runs in 3 innings, and Kim Beom-seok's solo home run faded.

The Korean baseball team lost to Japan in the Super Round of the Asian Baseball Championship, making it virtually difficult for them to advance to the finals.

Korea, led by coach Jeong Bo-myeong, lost 2-5 in the final game of the super round against Japan at the 30th Asian Baseball Championship held at the Taipei Dome in Taiwan on the 9th.

The national baseball team (24 members), comprised of first-time professional and amateur players, includes Na Seung-yeop (Lotte Giants), Lee Byung-hun (Doosan Bears), Kim Beom-seok (LG Twins), Jeong Jun-young (KT Wiz), and Kim Dong-hyuk (Kiwoom Heroes), all of whom have experience on the professional stage. , Eurogyeol (Hanwha Eagles), etc., took on the challenge of winning the Asian Baseball Championship for the first time in 8 years, but the embers of hope are fading out.

Korea, with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss in Group A, advanced to the super round in second place, following first place Chinese Taipei. Korea, which lost 0-4 to Taiwan in the preliminary round, began the super round with one loss. They defeated the Philippines the day before, but lost to Japan that day and finished with 1 win and 2 losses.

The top two teams based on the total score of the preliminary round (1 game) and the super round (2 games) will advance to the finals. Japan, with three wins, advanced to the finals.

Korea must aim to advance to the finals by considering the gains and losses of Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines after the Philippines wins in the match between Taiwan (1 win, 1 loss) and the Philippines (2 losses) held at 7:30 p.m.

It is unlikely that the home team, Chinese Taipei, will lose to the Philippines based on objective strength. If Korea fails to advance to the finals, it will play the Philippines for third and fourth place at the Taipei Dome in Taiwan on the 10th.

Korea struggled with both pitches and hits in the match against Japan.

Starting pitcher Byung-Hun Lee pitched below expectations, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in 3 innings, and Kang-Hoon Woo (Lotte Giants), who took over the baton, performed poorly, allowing 2 runs in ⅓ innings.

In the batting lineup, Kim Beom-seok (2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 home run, 1 RBI) was the only player to hit multiple hits. Jung Jun-young and Jung Jun-jae (Dongguk University) were silent, going 0-hit in 3 at-bats with 2 strikeouts and 0-hit in 4 at-bats with 1 strikeout, respectively.

Korea, which was dragged down in the third inning when starter Lee Byung-hun gave up two runs, contributed an additional run as Woo Kang-hoon and Jeong Hyeon-soo (Song Won-dae), who came on in relief in the fourth inning, were unable to block the Japanese batting lineup.

Korea scored its first run in the top of the 5th inning with one out, 2nd and 3rd bases, on Jung Jun-jae's ground ball. In the top of the 8th inning, Beom-Seok Kim hit a solo home run to narrow the gap to 2 points.

However, Shin Heon-min (SSG Landers), who came on in the bottom of the 8th inning, took the lead and lost the game, and was unable to turn the game around in the top of the 9th. 토토사이트

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