Ryu Jung-il takes a breather after winning against Korea in the Super Round…
Korea’s baseball team, looking to win their fourth consecutive Asian Games title, kept their hopes of reaching the final alive by defeating Japan in the first game of the Super Round.
Starter Park Se-woong and No. 4 hitter Noh Si-hwan led the way in the win over Japan.
In the ‘fateful Korea-Japan game’, a tense pitching battle was played until the middle of the game.
National team starter Park Se-woong pitched well, but Japanese pitchers from the unemployment team, throwing fastballs in the low 140 kilometers per hour, did not back down.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the score at 0-0, the national team had runners on first and third.
Noh Si-hwan, batting fourth, hit a sacrifice fly to left field to lead off the inning.
Noh Si-hwan with a two-run double [Yonhap].
In the eighth inning, Noh came through again.
He hit a single to bring home Kim Hye-sung, who was on second base, to drive in the winning run.
“Today’s (5th) game I thought it was the final game, and tomorrow’s (6th) 바카라사이트 game will also be a tough game, but I thought tomorrow’s game was also the final game….”
Park Se-woong, the “eldest brother” of the national team, escaped a jam in the first inning and held the Japanese bats scoreless until the sixth inning.
Park, who also struck out nine, showed his true colors as the team’s “best man” when the team was in trouble, leading to a 2-0 victory.
“I felt like they picked me to go out there in an important game, in an important situation, and deliver a result that they could be responsible for, and I think it was good that I was able to fulfill that role in that position.”
However, with one loss, the team still needs to win against China to make it two games to one and still have a “what if” scenario to qualify for the final.
Ryu Jung-il celebrates after winning the Korea-Japan match.
The plan is to win the second game of the super round against China to punch their ticket to the finals.Yonhap TV’s Hong Seok-jun reports from Shaoxing.