‘When was Kim Kwang-hyun?’ But the only thing to believe in is the Japanese killer “Save Korean baseball in crisis”
All plans went awry. The Korean baseball team, led by coach 안전놀이터 Kang-Cheol Lee, meets their fateful rival, Japan, after failing to win their first match against Australia, their first opponent, who risked life and death even before the opening of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The national team will go to war with the pride of Korean baseball. On the 10th at 7:00 PM, the long-awaited match between Korea and Japan will be held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan as the second match of Group B of the first round of the WBC. As they suffered a 7-8 defeat to Australian ambush the previous day, they need a win to advance to the second round.
Losing against Australia left many regrets in many ways. The national team selected sidearm Koh Young-pyo (kt), who is good at inducing ground balls, as a starter to block the Australian lineup, which is lined with giant batsmen, but the effect was insignificant. Ko Young-pyo fell short of expectations with 4 hits (1 home run), 4 strikeouts and 2 runs in 4⅓ innings.
Contrary to expectations, Koh Young-pyo came off the mound with only 45 pitches, and the bullpen was consumed more than expected. Coach Lee said before the game, “We plan to win the game against Australia comfortably, save pitchers as much as possible, and go all-in against Japan.” However, as the game did not go according to plan, Tae-in Won (Samsung), Cheol-won Jeong (Doosan), Joon So-jun (kt), Won-joong Kim (Lotte), Hyeon-jong Yang (KIA), and Lee Yong-chan (NC) had to appoint six bullpen pitchers.
But even the bullpen looked disappointing. Won Tae-in (1⅓ innings) and Jung Cheol-won (⅓ innings) blocked it well with no runs. However, at the end of the 7th inning, So-Jun Sohn (2 runs in ⅓ innings), who took the mound, hit a 3-run home run and collapsed, and at the end of the 8th, Hyeon-Jong Yang (3 runs in 0 innings) gave up a 3-run home run and knelt down. . Lee Yong-chan played as the closer pitcher and pitched 1⅔ innings without a run, but the batting line failed to close the gap and eventually lost.