After much hardship, they defeated their first opponent, Hong Kong, with a cold win. Taiwan is now the ‘enemy’.
The Korean national baseball team, led by coach Ryu Joong-il, will play the second match of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Group B against Chinese Taipei at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center near Hangzhou, China on the 2nd.스포츠토토
Korea won 10-0 cold in the 8th inning in the game against Hong Kong held the previous day (1st). However, there were many points that needed to be addressed. The result was a cold game, but the process was by no means smooth.
The pitching staff was okay. Starting with starter Won Tae-in (Samsung Lions, 4 innings, no runs), Jeong Woo-young (LG Twins, 1 inning, no runs), Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers, 1 inning, no runs), Jang Hyun-seok (Masan Yongmaggo, LA Dodgers, 1 inning, no runs), and Park Young-hyun (KIA Tigers, 1 inning, no runs). KT Wiz (1 inning, no runs) etc. pitched well in succession. In particular, Won Tae-in threw 47 balls and went 4 innings with 1 hit, no walks, 8 strikeouts, and no runs, raising expectations for his future performance.
The problem was that the batting line looked like it had eaten a sweet potato. They succeeded in getting the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a timely hit to right by Bo-kyung Moon (LG), but they did not show much until Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes) hit a timely double with two RBIs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The batting lineup’s slump continued. The score remained 3-0 until the top of the 8th inning. Fortunately, they were able to score a total of 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and achieve a cold win, but it was inevitable that it would leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Even though it was the first game, the players’ sense of the game was not there, and even considering that Hong Kong baseball had developed tremendously, there was no doubt that it was a frustrating performance considering the difference in baseball infrastructure between the two countries.
Now it is Taiwan. Korea desperately needs a victory over Taiwan in order to win a ticket to the finals, which is given only to first and second place after rankings are calculated by adding up the results from the group stage and the subsequent super round.
However, Taiwan is by no means an easy opponent. There are many players with experience in the minor leagues of American professional baseball, and the level of the league is not something to ignore. However, it is also an opponent that Korea must overcome as it aims to win its fourth consecutive Asian Games title following the 2010 Guangzhou Games, 2014 Incheon Games, and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
In order for Korea to overpower Taiwan, the batting line’s firepower must be revived more than anything else. It is fortunate that their offensive power exploded at the end of the Hong Kong match, but there is a possibility that they will struggle if they face the fast balls of Taiwanese pitchers after watching the slow balls of Hong Kong pitchers. It is essential for hitters to adapt quickly.
In addition, if Kang Baek-ho, who started as the number 4 designated hitter in the match against Hong Kong and went 0-hit in 4 at bats, with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk, comes back to life, the national team’s batting lineup could be given even more weight. The poor performance against Hong Kong was not due to Kang Baek-ho’s bad batting, but rather to the Hong Kong players’ slow balls. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, with no outs on 1st and 2nd base, there was the misfortune of a well-hit ball hitting the opponent’s right fielder.
The national team also needs to be on guard. Immediately after the aforementioned Kang Baek-ho’s at-bat, first base runner Noh Si-hwan committed a bone head play, passing second base runner Choi Ji-hoon. If the umpire had made a correct decision without making a mistake, the inning should have ended with a triple kill. In short-term games like the Asian Games, baserunning can have a huge impact on the game and can be fatal.
Since the selection notice system is not implemented in this tournament, it is not clear who will take on the important role of starting pitcher for the match against Taiwan. However, if we were to infer considering all the circumstances, it seems highly likely that one of the two players, Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles) or Kwak Bin (Doosan Bears), who are known to be in very good condition, will take the mound as the first pitcher in the match against Taiwan.
The head coach and players are all working hard to make up for the sluggish performance in the early stages of the match against Hong Kong and achieve a victory against Taiwan. National team coach Ryu Joong-il, whom we met after the Hong Kong game, said, “We expect a left-handed starting pitcher to appear tomorrow (the 2nd) (since we have many left-handed hitters). “The ball is faster than today’s (Hong Kong batters), so we will prepare well,” he emphasized.
‘Captain’ Kim Hye-seong, who swung the bat with 3 hits in 6 at-bats, 3 RBIs, and 1 run, including the last hit that led Korea’s Colts victory in the Hong Kong match, also said, “(We have to win (the match against Taiwan)) unconditionally. This is a game that must be won no matter what, regardless of whether the score is 1 point. “All I can think about is that I have to do my best,” she said, adding, “I think I have to do well again.”
There is only one answer to winning the Asian Games for the fourth time in a row: unconditional victory. Much attention is being paid to whether Ryu Joong-il will be able to continue his golden voyage by defeating Taiwan, a difficult opponent.