Lee Kang-cheol, practice match with Orix… The stuttering ‘Ah-cha-cha’ stinging vaccination
In the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean national baseball team played its first practice game in Japan ahead of the opening of the tournament, the pitching staff was in good condition. , but exposed defensive instability and lack of cohesiveness in the batting line. The players pledged to show their best performance against Australia in the first game of the tournament.
The Korean national team lost 2-4 in a practice game against Orix, a Japanese professional baseball team, held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 6th.
After training in Tucson, Arizona, USA from mid-February, the national team returned home on the 1st and entered Osaka, Japan on the 4th. On this day, the first actual match was held for the first time after entering Japan, and the current state of the national team and supplementary tasks were confirmed.
Manager Lee Kang-cheol was satisfied with the condition of the pitchers. Eight pitchers, including starter Joon Sohn, climbed the mound and showed improved pitches compared to the field training. Korean pitchers allowed Orix nine hits and one walk. Since the run came from 3 errors, the earned run was only 1 out of 4 runs. Director Lee Kang-cheol evaluated, “Overall, a lot of pitchers have come up.”
Veteran left-handed pitchers with a lot of experience in international competitions, such as Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong, also pitched their pitches. Kim Gwang-hyun digested 1.2 innings and Yang Hyeon-jong was responsible for 1 inning. Director Lee Kang-cheol said, “Kim Gwang-hyun keeps getting his speed up and his ball seems to be coming up.” “Yang Hyeon-jong seems to be much better than before. As a veteran, he seems to have to play a role that can lead the important flow of our game.”
In terms of hitting, it was difficult at the beginning of the game, but scored in the second half. However, the lack of cohesiveness emerged as a challenge.
The national team that day was Tommy Hyeonsu Edmon (2nd baseman) – Kim Ha-seong (shortstop) – Lee Jung-hoo (center fielder) – Kim Hyun-soo (left fielder) – Park Byung-ho (1st baseman) – Kang Baek-ho (DH) – Yang Eui-ji (catcher) – Na Seong-beom (right fielder) – Oh Ji-hwan (shortstop) formed the starting batting order.
The national team was drawn 0-4 until the 8th inning. In the last attack in the top of the 9th inning, Park Geon-woo, a pinch hitter at 1 out 2nd and 3rd base made up of hits by Lee Jung-hoo and Park Hae-min, made up for one point with a heavy hit at the right time. Lee Ji-young scored a sacrifice fly to the right field in the ensuing 1 out 1 and 3 base.
The total number of hits for the team was 10, one more than the number of hits for Orix, but the lack of timely hits did not allow for more runs. Lee Jung-hoo was the only multi-hit player with 2 hits in 4 at-bats.
The area of concern was the defense. Initially, the national team’s third baseman was the best, but as they were recently excluded from the starting lineup due to poor physical condition, the plan B of shortstop Oh Ji-hwan and third baseman Ha-seong Kim was activated.토토사이트
Mistakes came one after another at the shortstop position. In the bottom of the second inning, which was trailing 0-1, Oh Ji-hwan made consecutive errors against Orix numbers 8 and 9, Ryoma Ikeda and Tatsuya Yamaashi, allowing runs to make the score widen to 0-2. From the bottom of the 6th inning, Jeong Choi went to third base and Ha-seong Kim moved to shortstop, but the fifth pitcher Cheol-Won Jeong got two hits and allowed 2 outs on first and third base.
In the end, in the infield defense, Choi Jeong held the key.
The operation of Plan A and Plan B is determined according to the final conditions. On the 7th, the national team adjusts their condition one more time at the Hanshin Exhibition before entering Tokyo, the ‘decisive field’.
The national team is only looking at the first game against Australia on the 9th. Lee Jung-hoo said, “Since the game on the 9th is in a state of lifting up, I think I need to improve my condition accordingly.”