Korea, which is challenging its fourth consecutive Asian Games gold medal, held its first match.메이저사이트
Korea won 10-0, a cold game in the 8th inning, against Hong Kong in the baseball Group B group stage of the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’ held at the 1st Baseball Stadium of Shaoxing Baseball-Softball Center in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China on the 1st. In the last competition, even though it was not a cold game, the team defeated them 21-3, but it was difficult to score points this time. Still, a 9-inning game was avoided due to the batting explosion in the 8th inning.
#1st Hong Kong match starting lineup
Kim Hye-seong (second baseman) – Choi Ji-hoon (center fielder) – Noh Si-hwan (third baseman) – Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter) – Moon Bo-kyung (first baseman) – Yoon Dong-hee (right fielder) – Park Seong-han (shortstop) – Kim Hyeong-jun (catcher) -Kim Seong-yoon (left fielder), starting pitcher Won Tae-in
It was decided not to use the starting pitcher advance notice system for this tournament through the technical committee at 10 a.m. on September 30th. The day before the game, only the opposing team is informed whether the starting pitcher is a left-handed or right-handed pitcher. In Korea, where Koo Chang-mo and Lee Ui-ri are missing, all remaining starting pitchers are right-handed pitchers, so even left and right advance notice is virtually meaningless.
Hong Kong’s men’s baseball world ranking is 45th. Korea won 21-3 over Hong Kong at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The score difference was very large, but it was not a cold game victory. The team ended the 8th inning with a score of 11-3, failing to meet the requirements for winning a cold game. Instead, it was a big inning with four home runs, including Hwang Jae-gyun’s grand slam in the 9th inning.
#You can’t hit even if you’re too slow.
The Hong Kong starting pitcher for baseball is Leung Chung-hei, a right-handed pitcher born in 1995. Although he is the same age as Park Se-woong (Lotte), he has been selected as a national team member since the 2013 East Asian Games and has participated in the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang competitions in the Asian Games three times.
It was evident from the early stages of the game that baseball is a sport of adaptation and response. Hong Kong batters’ timing was far behind even Korean starter Won Tae-in’s fastball in the mid-130 km/h range. On the contrary, Korean batters could not properly respond to Leung Cheong-hei’s ‘low-speed fastball’.
Leadoff hitter Kim Hye-seong was blocked by the Hong Kong first baseman’s defense and was put out. Still, there was no problem with Korea scoring first in the first inning. Choi Ji-hoon made a hit with a hard hit from first base. Choi Ji-hoon stuck to first base well despite receiving ‘infinite checks’ from Leung Chung-hei.
With one out and one on first base, the ball pushed by third batter Noh Si-hwan flew over the fence. However, the batted ball bent and went outside the right pole. Leung Chung-hei could not compete with Noh Si-hwan. After a wild pitch, the ball came out and Noh Si-hwan got on base with a walk.
Kang Baek-ho was hit by Leung Chung-hei’s unfamiliar ball at 124 km/h during a full count. The next batter, Moon Bo-kyung, broke through the dense defense and sent a ball to right field. Choi Ji-hoon hit home. Dong-Hee Yoon was caught with a fly ball to right field.
Hong Kong didn’t seem to want the Korean hitters to adjust to one pitcher. In the second inning, left-handed pitcher Ho Chi Minh came out. The speed limit was recorded at 100 km/h on the electronic display board. Park Seong-han easily picked off this slow ball and got on base with a walk. Kim Hyeong-jun hit an 87 km fly ball to right field.
#Controversial runner reassignment in the 3rd inning
A rare scene occurred during Kim Seong-yoon’s at-bat. After Park Seong-han attempted to steal second base, he stood and stepped on the base. Li Hochi’s ball was that slow. The second inning ended with Kim Seong-yoon getting caught with a fly ball to right field and Kim Hye-seong getting caught with a ground ball to second base.
In the third episode, an even rarer scene appeared. In fact, it was a scene that should not have occurred.
Korea had the opportunity to reach second base with no outs in the third inning thanks to Choi Ji-hoon’s surprise bunt infield hit and the opponent’s subsequent error. Noh Si-hwan walked and reached first and second base with no outs. The out count went up as Kang Baek-ho’s well-hit ball was caught by a diving catch in right field. Moreover, it happened here that first base runner Noh Si-hwan overtook second base runner Choi Ji-hoon.
However, the umpires rearranged the runners following a protest from first base coach Jong-yeol Lee. The situation was resolved with 2 outs and runners on first base, but Coach Lee Jong-yeol protested again by having Choi Ji-hoon stand on first base. Hong Kong coaches also protested, just like Hong Kong coaches. In the end, the umpire placed Noh Si-hwan on first base after two outs and resumed the game. In fact, Noh Si-hwan had to be out for overtaking the preceding runner. Korea failed to add an extra point here.
#Distant extra point, 8th inning Finally, in
the 4th inning of the big inning, Dong-hee Yoon and Seong-han Park hit consecutive hits to raise the mood again. Kim Hyeong-jun was caught with a fly ball, but Kim Seong-yoon walked and the bases were full. Kim Hye-seong, who had previously gone 0-hit in 2 at-bats, brought in two runners with a double to right field by replaced pitcher Leung Ka Ho-sam.
Korea, which was steadily accumulating additional points, was unable to escape further. Choi Ji-hoon struck out after a missed swing, and after Noh Si-hwan walked, Kang Baek-ho swung missing at a high fastball.
The Korean batting lineup fell silent again. Moon Bo-kyung came out as the leadoff hitter in the 5th inning, got on base with a ball that hit his body, and was caught as a checker, breaking the flow. In the 6th inning, there was no score with no outs on first and second base. Kim Hye-seong was out with a fly ball to right field, Choi Ji-hoon was struck out with a ground ball to second base, and Noh Si-hwan was struck out with a missed swing.
In the 7th inning, no points were scored with 1 out and 3rd base. With one out and one on first base, Moon Bo-kyung ran all the way to third base when the opponent made a mistake. However, the next batter, Yoon Dong-hee, hit a foul fly to first base. After the ball hit Park Seong-han, Kim Hyeong-jun was caught with a fly ball to right field.
The batting line, which had been scoreless for three consecutive innings, showed strength again in the eighth inning. After one out, Kim Hye-seong’s double and Choi Ji-hoon’s infield hit to first base put the runners on base. Noh Si-hwan hit a timely hit that went past the second baseman. Baek-ho Kang’s walk put the bases loaded with one out, and Bo-kyung Moon made it 5-0 with a walk. With the bases loaded and one out, Dong-hee Yoon hit a two-run double to increase the score to 7-0.
The difference widened to 9-0 due to an error in checking the opponent’s second base and Park Seong-han’s sacrifice fly. It is possible to win a cold game by scoring just one more point. Hye-seong Kim hit a timely hit to end the game, creating a 10-point gap with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd bases.
As expected, the pitchers overwhelmed the Hong Kong batting lineup. He threw his ball without worrying about the speed on the electronic display, which showed a record that was much slower than usual.
Starter Won Tae-in only hit a double to left-center field with two outs in the first inning, but he pitched well in four innings with one hit, eight strikeouts, and no runs. Jung Woo-young in the 5th inning and Choi Ji-min in the 6th also cleanly disposed of three batters.
The only amateur player, Jang Hyun-seok (LA Dodgers), a ‘prospective major leaguer’, came out in the 7th inning and allowed a hit to the body, a stolen base, and sent a runner to third base with a wild pitch. He ended the inning with a strikeout on a swing with two outs and three on third base. In the 8th inning, Park Young-hyun pitched one scoreless inning.
On the 2nd, Korea will meet Taiwan, its strongest competitor in the gold medal challenge. Taiwan recorded its first win on the 1st, defeating Thailand 12-1, in a cold game in the 7th inning. Taiwan, which had been repeatedly caught by Korea, recruited a large number of young prospects who needed military service benefits, including minor leaguers, for this tournament.