KBS commentator Park Chan-ho was left speechless by South Korean baseball’s collapse.
The South Korean baseball team, led by Ryu Jung-il, fell to a 0-4 defeat against Chinese Taipei in the second game of their Group B baseball match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games (AG) at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Tuesday. The result leaves South Korea with a 1-1 record. They need to beat Thailand on March 3 to advance to the Super Round.
Today’s game against Chinese Taipei is the most important game of the group stage. If they advance to the Super Round, they will have to decide between the first and second place teams. Chinese Taipei is at full strength, and South Korea is on alert. We emphasized the game against Taiwan in our training and practice games in Korea.
However, their preparation was not rewarded and they lost.
They were shut out by Lin Yumin, a prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate.
Korea faced the same lineup as the day before against Hong Kong. Kim Hye-sung (second base), Choi Ji-hoon (center field), Noh Si-hwan (third base), Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter), Moon Bo-kyung (first base), Yoon Dong-hee (right field), Park Sung-sung (shortstop), Kim Hyung-joon (catcher), and Kim Sung-yoon (left field).
However, they struck out 10 times and didn’t score a run.
Especially in the second inning, they cried over the call. Yoon Dong-hee doubled and Park Sung-sung singled to put runners on second and third, but the call was not favorable. Kim Sung-yoon hit an infield grounder toward the first baseman and slid head-first into first base, but the first base umpire called him out. The replay showed it clearly. However, there was no video replay in this tournament, and Korea had to cry over the out.
The frustrating flow continued. South Korea had runners in scoring position in each inning, with Choi Ji-hoon singling in the third and fifth innings and Yoon Dong-hee singling in the fourth, but could not capitalize.
Choi Ji-hoon’s two hits and Yoon Dong-hee’s three hits made things worse for the Koreans as they gave up more runs late in the game. The final blow came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Go Woo-seok took the mound and gave up two runs.
Korea’s final offense in the top of the ninth. One out later, Yoon Dong-hee singled, but there was no further damage. Park Sung-sung was retired on an infield grounder and Kim Hyung-joon was brought in to pinch-hit for Kim Joo-won. It wasn’t until the ninth inning that the bats came to life. Kim struck out and lost the game. The batting lineup was ineffective.스포츠토토
Commentator Park Chan-ho said, “I hope they only gave up one run. I want them to show that Korean baseball is strong.” He was desperate. But with two outs, he seemed speechless. He stopped talking for a moment.
Only when Korea’s defeat was finalized did he speak again. ”It was uncomfortable to see the Taiwanese pitchers throwing so comfortably,” Park said. We need to think about how our batters can handle and prepare for the fastball in the remaining games.”