Yesterday (3rd), China won 1-0 against Japan in the baseball Group A group stage of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Although the Japanese national team was made up of professional baseball players, Chinese baseball’s defeat of Japan was close to the biggest upset of the tournament. With this victory, China recorded all three wins in the group stage, pushing out Japan (2 wins, 1 loss) and taking first place in the group.
Japan has a huge baseball infrastructure, and its professional baseball players also boast ‘semi-professional’ skills. Even Korea, which has a national team made up of KBO League players, is an opponent that does not let down its guard. In fact, at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, Japan defeated China 17 to 2 in a cold game in the 2nd and 5th innings, and won a silver medal by winning 5 to 0 against Taiwan in the super round.
China scored one run in the top of the second inning when Liang Fei hit a timely hit to left when Cao Jie’s infield hit to shortstop, Lewin’s walk, Yang Jin’s sacrifice bunt, and Dunan’s walk resulted in the bases being loaded with one out안전놀이터. And we kept this score until the end and won.
Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Chinese team was in danger of having first and second base with no outs in the final defense, but closing pitcher Zheng Chao-qun caught the follow-up hitter with a strikeout and a double play, resulting in a dramatic victory.
China’s victory in this tournament was a surprise, and the Korean baseball team’s strategy for each Super Round game appears to need to change. Initially, Korea expected that Japan would rise to first place in the group and prepared their selection accordingly.
The Super Round schedule was also decided amid the chaos of China defeating Japan.
China, with 3 wins, is ranked 1st in Group A, and Japan, with 2 wins and 1 loss, is ranked 2nd in Group A and will advance to the super round. Korea (2 wins, 1 loss), 2nd place in Group B, will play against Japan, 2nd place in Group A, at 1:00 noon tomorrow (5th), and China, 1st place in Group A, the day after tomorrow (6th) at 1:00 noon.
Korea enters the Super Round with 1 loss against Taiwan (3 wins) in the group stage, while Japan also starts with 1 loss and Taiwan and China start with 1 win.
The top two teams out of four will advance to the finals, and the third and fourth place teams will play in the bronze medal match.
If Korea defeats both Japan and China and Taiwan wins against China, they will advance to the finals.
The match between Taiwan and China, which the national team should keep an eye on, will be held tomorrow (5th) at 7:30 PM.