After defeating China to advance to the final, South Korean baseball coach Ryu Joong-il emphasized that his team wants to win the title against Chinese Taipei.
South Korea defeated China 8-1 in the second game of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games Baseball Super Round on Saturday at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center 1 in China.
Starting pitcher Won Tae-in earned the win, shutting down the Chinese bats with six shutout innings, while Kang Baek-ho pounded out three hits, including a home run. Kim Joo-won also had a two-run double.
After defeating Japan and China the day before, South Korea is now 2-1 in the Super Round and will advance to the final regardless of the outcome of the remaining games.
“We got an important game,” said Ryu after the game. Won Tae-in pitched well until the sixth inning, and our catcher Kim Hyung-joon had a good lead. The batting lineup was encouraged by Kim Joo-won’s two-run homer in the first inning and, most importantly, Kang Baek-ho’s comeback.”
The Korean batting lineup was in full swing on the day, with one hit in the first inning. Ryu, who had been struggling with the ups and downs of his batting lineup in previous games, was relieved to see the final.
“Tomorrow is the last game, and I hope the batsmen can hit well until the end,” Ryu said, hoping the momentum would carry over into the final 스포츠토토.
Kwok Bin, who is suffering from gallbladder, did not appear in the game.
“I planned to play him behind Won Tae-in today, but I didn’t because the score was so close early on. We’ll play him tomorrow,” Ryu said of his plans for Kwak Bin.
South Korea lost 0-4 to Chinese Taipei in the second round of the group stage on Feb. 2. They were knocked to their knees after failing to capture Chinese Taipei ace Lin Yeou-min, and a rematch in the final is likely.
Liu said, “Tomorrow, I think Taiwan will send out a left-handed pitcher (Lin Yeou-min) who played against us in the qualifiers. We’ve been beaten once, so we’ll have to prepare well and attack them.”
In conclusion, Liu said, “It’s been a hard road to the final. We are determined to win the gold medal against Taiwan.”