“There’s nothing to say because we lost,” said Ryu Joong-il, head coach of the South Korean baseball team after the loss to Chinese Taipei, but “I think we will have another chance if we beat Japan and China in the super round,” he said, vowing to win all the remaining games after the double-header.
Ryu’s men fell to a 0-4 defeat to Chinese Taipei in the second game of their baseball Group B match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Centre 1 in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday.
If Korea, with one win, defeats bottom-ranked Thailand on Wednesday and two-win Chinese Taipei knocks out Hong Kong, the Chinese Taipei will top Group B and Korea will advance to the Super Round in second place.
The Super Round will be played on the basis of group results, with Chinese Taipei starting with one win and Korea with one loss. Japan and China are the other teams in the Super Round in Group A.
Korea will not be able to reach the final on their own. They must beat Japan and China and see what happens to the other teams.
If Japan defeats Chinese Taipei in the Super Round, the three teams will be tied at two wins and one loss, and the tiebreaker method will be used to determine the finalists.
“We did a lot of research on Taiwan, but unlike what we saw in the videos, their pitchers were very fast and had good change-ups,” said Liu.
“Our starter Moon Dong-ju also pitched well. It was unfortunate that he gave up a run in the first inning when his changeup was high and he hit a triple, and in the fourth inning when he gave up a run on a wild pitch.” “Our hitters had chances, but the Taiwanese pitchers were strong,” he added.
The squad is dominated by players under the age of 24 and in their fourth year of professionalism.
It was a move by the KBO to regain the trust of fans in light of the controversial selection of players for the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games five years ago.
The team’s batting line-up has been described as “historically weak” due to self-inflicted wounds. There was little experience and no clear-cut solution.
“There are only four people who can be used as candidates, so we have no choice but to continue with the current batting line-up,” Liu said, indirectly acknowledging the shortage.
Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha), who batted third and hit a double, said, “We analysed and prepared closely for the game against Chinese Taipei, but their pitchers’ pitches were too good, and I think they lost because they analysed us well.” “It’s not over yet, so we will do our best and win the super round,” he said. 안전놀이터