‘No hits vs 7 hits and 7 RBIs’ Korean and Japanese big leaguers have mixed performances → here too, the difference in skill is ‘humiliation
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Korea suffered a 4-13 come-from-behind defeat against 메이저사이트 Japan in the second round of Group B in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 10th.
Korea, which lost 7-8 to Australia the previous day (9th), was on the verge of being eliminated in the first round of three consecutive tournaments as it lost until the second game.
More than anything, the silence of the ‘Big League Duo’, which raised expectations, was very disappointing.
Korea selected Tommy Edman (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) ahead of this tournament. In particular, Edmund, who was born to a Korean mother, Kwak Kyung-ah, and an American father, John Edman, became the first mixed-race national representative in Korean baseball. This is because in the WBC tournament, you could choose the nationality of your parents to decide which country to compete in.
Edmund and Kim Ha-seong, wearing the Taegeuk mark, are major leaguers who are the ‘Yui’ of the Korean national team, and they acted as table setters and keystone duo.
On this day, Edmon started as the first hitter and second baseman, and Kim Ha-seong started as the second hitter and shortstop. However, they could not set the table.
Edmon and Kim Ha-seong were silent with 4 at-bats, no hits, and 1 strikeout. Kim Ha-seong was unable to step on the base except for a run scored in the third inning due to an opponent’s error.
compared to Japan. There are three major leaguers in the Japanese lineup. Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), Lars Nutba (St. Louis Cardinals), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) all did their part.
Nuthba, who took the leadoff, went 4 at-bats, 2 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs, No. 3 Ohtani went 3 at-bats, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs, and No. 5 Yoshida went 3 at-bats, 5 RBIs.
In particular, Japan, which was trailing 0-3, overturned the game by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, and the big leaguers were active in this process.
First, Nutba hit Gwang-hyun Kim on the first and second bases of the warriors, signaling the beginning of the chase. Ohtani, who appeared on the second and third bases with Japan catching up 2-3, deliberately walked out with the fourth pitch. In the ensuing one-out run, Yoshida struck Won Tae-in with two RBIs and a timely hit during the reversal.
It was the same in the process of making the big innings in Japan in the 6th inning. Ohtani hit a timely hit against Kim Won-jung at the top of the bases safely, and Yoshida also snatched a timely hit from Kim Won-jung in the continued 1st and 2nd base opportunities.
The defense was also different.
Nutba, who started as center fielder, caught the ball hit by Ha-seong Kim in the 5th inning with 1 out and 1 base. It was truly a luxury defense. With this defense, Korea was able to break the flow.
On the other hand, second baseman Edmund exposed his insecurities. After one out in the second inning, he caught Yoshida’s ground ball and made a throwing error, and also directed the appearance of not catching the ball properly several times, such as the pitcher’s check.
Korea suffered a 4-13 come-from-behind defeat against 메이저사이트 Japan in the second round of Group B in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 10th. Korea, which lost 7-8 to Australia the previous day (9th), was on the verge of being eliminated in the first…