Head coach of the South Korean baseball team at the Hangzhou Asian Games, watches his players
train at the auxiliary field of the Shaoxing Baseball Stadium in Shaoxing, China, Tuesday afternoon.
South Korea’s baseball team, seeking a fourth consecutive Asian Games title, defeated Hong Kong in an eight-inning cold opener.
The Korean baseball team, led by coach Liu Zhong-il, defeated Hong Kong 10-0 in eight innings in
the first game of Group B of the baseball tournament at the Shaoxing Baseball Sports and Culture Center near Hangzhou, China, on Monday.
South Korea, which has won three consecutive gold medals dating back to the 2010 Guangzhou
Games, took the first step toward a fourth straight title with a convincing victory over the inferior Hong Kong team.
Korean starter Won Tae-in pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight and walking none.
Jung Woo-young, Choi Ji-min, Jang Hyun-seok, and Park Young-hyun (1 inning each) followed with
effective successive pitches to secure the win.
At the plate, Moon Bo-kyung, who singled with runners on first and second in the first inning, was
the hero of the game. Kim Hye-seong and Choi Ji-hoon each had three-hit games, and Yoon Dong-
hee also had a multi-hit game.
A member of the South Korean baseball team competing in the Hangzhou Asian Games, trains at
the auxiliary field of the Shaoxing Baseball Stadium in Shaoxing, China, on Tuesday afternoon.
The first inning was an unexpected struggle. The mound was solid, but the offense couldn’t adjust to the Hong Kong pitching staff.
Korea got on the board in the first inning when Moon Bo-kyung singled with runners on first and
second, scoring Choi Ji-hoon from second. However, 카지노사이트랭크 they were unable to score
in the second and third innings, keeping the lead slim.
In the third inning, with runners on first and second and nobody out, Kang Baek-ho singled to right
field and Noh Si-hwan beat out Choi Ji-hoon at second, only to have the umpire overturn the call
with two outs for a Hong Kong triple play.
The umpire’s bizarre call dampened the mood of the game for Korea, which failed to score a big run
early against the outclassed Hong Kong team.
South Korea added another run in the fourth inning. After back-to-back singles by Yoon Dong-hee
and Park Sung-sung, Kim Hyung-joon walked, but Kim Sung-yoon singled to load the bases and
captain Kim Hye-sung followed with an RBI double.
Of the South Korean baseball team competing in the Hangzhou Asian Games trains on the auxiliary
field at the baseball stadium in Shaoxing, China, Tuesday afternoon.
While the South Korean pitching staff held down the Hong Kong bats, the South Korean bats saw an
opportunity and exploded late in the game.
With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Moon Bo-kyung drew a walk and Yoon Dong-
hee followed with an RBI double, and the Koreans later scored seven runs on an error and a
sacrifice fly by Park Sung-sung to make it 10-0.
In the end, Korea won the cold game in the eighth inning, according to the tournament’s rules, which
require a 10-run deficit after the fifth inning to become a cold game. After a frustrating first half of
the game, the bats exploded in the second half, raising expectations for the rest of the tournament.
Korea will play the second game of the tournament against Chinese Taipei at 7:30 p.m. today at the
same venue in what could be a watershed moment for the gold medalists. 고스톱