Korea lost three times in a row to Taiwan in a tournament featuring professional baseball players. In the process, he hasn’t scored a run in 23 innings. This dishonorable record is still ongoing.
Korea lost 0-4 to Taiwan in the baseball Group B group match of the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’ held at the first baseball stadium of Shaoxing Baseball-Softball Center in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China on the 2nd. Starting pitcher Moon Dong-joo allowed a long hit in the first inning and a wild pitch in the fourth inning, resulting in a loss. The following pitchers held on without allowing any runs, but the problem was the batting lineup. They were tied tightly to Taiwan’s top prospect Lin Yu-min and were unable to attack the bullpen.안전놀이터
Surprisingly, with this loss, Korea lost to Taiwan for the third time in a row in a tournament featuring professional baseball players. They lost 1-2 in the group stage of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, and lost 0-7 in the 2019 Premier 12. Since the 1998 Bangkok Games, when professional baseball players began participating in international competitions, their record against Taiwan is 19 wins and 12 losses in 31 matches, with a winning percentage of 0.633.
There was no 7th, 8th, or 9th episode as promised. Korea only scored one point during its third consecutive loss against Taiwan. His last run scored was a solo home run by Kim Jae-hwan that came in a game on August 26, 2018. At that time, Kim Jae-hwan was trailing 0-2 and hit a home run to pull away by 1 point.
He expected a change of pace with this home run, but there was no follow-up hit. Korea lost 1-2 and was in danger from the first game. The result was a gold medal, but for many people, the defeat against Taiwan was more deeply imprinted. Sun Dong-yeol returned home with a stern face even after winning the gold medal.
The 2019 Premier 12 can be summarized as the ‘Chiba disaster’. Korea lost this game 0-7. Starter Gwang-Hyun Kim lost the lead by allowing 3 runs in 3⅓ innings. The bullpen was unable to maintain the 3-point gap, and the batters were silent.
At this time, Taiwan’s starting pitcher was Zhang Yi (Seibu), who was affiliated with Orix at the time. Jang Yi is a ‘transformer’ who became a professional baseball player as an outfielder and then a pitcher. However, he was completely defeated by this player with short pitching skills. The first-team pitcher was unable to score a point in 6⅔ innings for a pitcher who had 2 wins, 4 losses, and an average ERA of 5.93 in 8 games and 27⅓ innings.
In Hangzhou, I was hit by the ‘Taiwan Express’. In 2018, they were defeated by Woo Shengfeng (joint safety) in professional baseball, and in 2019, they were defeated by Japan’s second-team player Zhang Yi, but this time, Korea was defeated by a top minor league prospect. Taiwanese starting pitcher Lin Yu-min is a large prospect who is rated 4th overall and 1st starting pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks prospect rankings.
He had a golden opportunity with Yoon Dong-hee’s double and Park Seong-han’s ball hitting the body in the second inning when the score was down 0-1, but he could not save it. Korea sent out a runner with one out in the third and fourth innings, but it did not result in a score.
After the game, Manager Ryu Joong-il said, “First of all, we were unable to target the opposing pitchers. We did a lot of research, but there is a difference between seeing it in pictures (videos) and actually seeing it. It’s really good to see. The ball is also fast. If we go to the Super Round, we’ll definitely win against Japan and China. “I think there will be another opportunity,” he said.
Yoon Dong-hee, who struggled with 3 hits, said, “The starting pitcher is a type that can be seen in Korea as well, so I felt like I was facing a Korean pitcher. The last pitcher’s pitch was so fast that it was not easy to attack him.” However, 6 of the 9 starters that day finished the game without a hit.
Korea concludes the group stage with the match against Thailand on the 3rd. Although they lost against Taiwan, it is certain that they will advance to the super round. However, since they have to go into the super round with a loss to Taiwan, they have to clearly defeat China and Japan to advance to the gold medal match. In terms of ‘number of cases’, the fact that the score gap increased due to a 0-4 loss instead of 0-2 can be a variable.