AG’s biggest upset ever! ‘Baseball periphery’ China defeats Japan → Hope for Korea’s finals ‘glimmering’
The biggest upset in Asian Games baseball history occurred. China defeated Japan.
China won 1-0 against Japan in Group A of the Hangzhou Asian Games baseball group stage held at Stadium 1 of Shaoxing Baseball Culture and Sports Center in Zhejiang Province, China on the 3rd.
It was also a dramatic ending with a strikeout and double play with no outs on first and second base in the bottom of the 9th inning with a 1-0 lead.
With this, China defeated Japan and took first place in Group A. Korea will face Japan on the 5th and China on the 6th.메이저사이트
China won a valuable winning run in the top of the second inning with the bases loaded and one out thanks to Liang Fei’s timely hit to left. We maintained this score until the end.
Chinese starting pitcher Wang Xing held the Japanese batting line down by allowing one hit and no runs in five innings.
It was a crisis until the last moment. Japan’s Soji Kitamura’s walk and Katsuhiko Sato’s single put the team in danger of reaching first and second base with no outs. Here, China replaced Li Ningji, who had been pitching since the 8th inning, with Zheng Chaoqun. Chung Chao-chun struck out Naoya Mochizuki and forced Kohei Sasagawa into a double play to secure a thrilling victory.
Japanese professional baseball players are different from club baseball players. I go to work 2-3 times a week or go to work in the morning and then leave work in the afternoon, but focus more on baseball. It is a semi-professional baseball game similar to Korea’s professional baseball of the past.
However, in this tournament, Japan formed a team with ‘big ball’ baseball, which is not a traditional baseball style, causing anxiety among Japanese baseball fans.
China has never stood on the podium since baseball was first adopted as an official sport at the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games. They were blocked by the solid troika of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, and ended up in 4th place in 7 consecutive competitions.
The gap with the Big 3 was also large. Four years ago, during the Jakarta-Palembang tournament, China lost 2 to 22 to Korea and 2 to 17 to Japan, 5 cold games each.
Previously, in the match against the Philippines, they won 2-0 after struggling with 4 hits and empty hits. However, he attracted attention by showing off his unexpectedly solid mound and defense.
As a result, coach Ryu Joong-il, who leads the Korean national team, is expected to suffer even more headaches. Coach Ryu met with reporters immediately after the victory over Thailand on the 3rd and said, “All starting pitchers for each game have been decided.” Of course, the order of starting pitchers was designed with the expectation that Japan would finish first in the group.
However, due to the debacle in China, the Super Round schedule was different from Korea’s plan. China took first place in Group A, and Japan took second place in Group A.
Korea, ranked second in Group B, will face Japan on the 5th at 1 p.m. (Korean time) and China, first place in Group A, at 1 p.m. on the 6th.
Taiwan, ranked first in Group B, will play against China on the 5th at 7:30 p.m. and against Japan on the 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Taiwan and China, ranked first in the group, enter the super round with one win, while Korea and Japan, ranked second, enter the super round with one loss.
If Korea defeats both Japan and China from Group A, and Taiwan defeats China, the finals between Korea and Taiwan will be confirmed.