The Korean World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team won a ‘cold game’ victory against China, the last opponent after being eliminated in the first round three times in a row. Because they showed an overwhelming difference in skill, the previous matches were all the more disappointing.
The Korean national team won a ‘cold game’ 22-2 against the Chinese national team in the 4th game of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group B group stage held at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan on the 13th. With this, Korea ranked 3rd in Group B. All league schedules have been completed.안전놀이터
The Australia-Czech match held at 12:00 noon on this day was very important for Korea. This is because the ticket to the quarterfinals could be in the hands of Korea if the Czech Republic scored more than four runs in regular innings and defeated Australia. However, Australia defeated the Czech Republic 8-3, making it to the quarterfinals for the first time ever. On the other hand, Korea experienced the bitter taste of being eliminated in the first round of the WBC three times in a row.
However, the match against China was just as important as the previous match. The team that stays at the bottom of the group stage will have to play a qualifying match at the next WBC. If Korea kneeled to China, it is because there will be three teams with a record of 1 win and 3 losses in Group B. Of course, the possibility is low, but depending on the result of the match against China, Korea could have stayed in last place with the lowest run rate among the three teams.
But nothing to worry about happened. Korea beat China’s mound from the beginning of the game. In the first inning, Korea’s lead hitter Park Hae-min walked on base, succeeded in stealing the base, and got a chance to run second and third base with a wild throw from the opponent. Afterwards, Lee Jung-hoo scored the first goal and took a 1-0 lead. And Kang Baek-ho also added a point and succeeded in suppressing the baseline.
Won Tae-in, who appeared three times in four days from the 7th to the 10th and threw a whopping 82 pitches, was a little uneasy. Won Tae-in was on the verge of conceding a point from the start, receiving consecutive hits from Liang Fei and Yang Jin in the first inning. Afterwards, he struck out Yusuke Masago and Cheon Cheon in succession, but allowed Rei Chang to walk, causing a crisis with the bases loaded. And by allowing Cao Jian to score 2 RBIs in a timely manner, the match became the starting point.
However, Korea did not stop and accumulated points. Korea regained the lead in the second inning with Lee Ji-young’s hit, Choi Ji-hoon’s walk, Park Hae-min’s hit, and Kim Hye-sung’s sacrifice fly and the opponent’s wild throw. And he made a big inning that swept a whopping 8 points in the 3rd inning.
After Kang Baek-ho and Park Geon-woo’s consecutive hits in the 3rd inning, Oh Ji-hwan pulled out a surprise bunt hit and easily added 1 point with the opponent’s ‘balk’ from the bases loaded safely. Afterwards, Lee Ji-young and Choi Ji-hoon’s bunt hits accumulated 1 point each. The attack did not end there. Korea continued to have scoring chances, with Park Hae-min producing another bunt hit, and Lee Jung-hoo scored 2 RBIs, Kang Baek-ho and Park Geon-woo each accumulated 1 RBI, and scored 8 points in the 3rd inning alone. Korea, which widened the gap to 12-2, had only 5 points left until the 5th inning called game.
Korea met the requirements of a ‘cold game’ in the 4th attack. In the 4th inning, Lee Ji-Young, Choi Ji-Hoon and Park Hae-Min’s 3 hits in a row gave Korea another chance to score a lot. Afterwards, Kim Hye-seong scored an infield hit that was hit by the pitcher and refracted, and Park Byeong-ho scored a point each with a push walk. Then, in the following two outs with bases loaded, Park Gun-woo exploded a grand slam that went over the left-middle wall, widening the score to 16 points to 18-2.
In the top of the 5th inning, Korea had a chance to load the bases with one out, and Ha-seong Kim scored the third home run of the tournament with a bases-scoring home run. The Korean national team scored the 22nd point and set a new WBC record for the most points scored in a single game, completing the tournament schedule.