South Korea’s starting pitcher was revealed just before the game, much to the delight of Taiwanese reporters.
The South Korean baseball team, led by head coach Ryu Jung-il, named Moon Dong-ju as the starter for their Group B matchup against Chinese Taipei at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Tuesday at the Xiaoxing Baseball and Softball Center 1 Baseball Field in Xiaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
In his second year as a professional, Young Gun’s Dong-ju Moon will be the starting pitcher for the most important game of the Asian Games.
He’s already prepared. After training on the 29th of last month, Moon Dong-ju said, “All athletes will have pressure to win a medal. (Laughs) I try not to have pressure, but I think there is pressure, and if we have the mindset to win together as a team, that pressure will disappear. I think it’s important to be a one-man team and dominate our opponents.”
He ended his regular season appearance early due to an innings limit. He prepared for the Asian Games by pitching twice in the Futures League to stay in practice. His last appearance was on September 26 against Sangsung. He threw three innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts and no runs.
Korea-Taiwan Starting Lineup for Day 2
토토사이트Kim Hye-sung (2B)-Choi Ji-hoon (CF)-No Si-hwan (3B)-Kang Baek-ho (designated hitter)-Moon Bo-kyung (1B)-Yoon Dong-hee (RF)-Park Sung-sung (shortstop)-Kim Hyung-joon (catcher)-Kim Sung-yoon (left fielder), Moon Dong-joo (starter)
Zheng Zhong-zhi (shortstop)-Lin Zhiwei (second baseman)-Lin Li (designated hitter)-Lin An-kou (right fielder)-Wu Nianting (first baseman)-Li Hao-yu (second baseman)-Hsun Hao-wei (center fielder)-Lin Zhih-hao (third baseman)-Lin Zhao-hsiung (catcher), and starting pitcher Lin Yumin.
Starting for Taiwan is left-handed pitcher Lin Yi-min. He is a top prospect in Arizona. In two years in the minors, he has started all 38 games, going 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA. This year, he is 6-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 121⅓ innings pitched.
The Taiwanese media also wanted to know who the Korean starter would be, but Ryu has only dropped a few hints so far. Taiwan also kept their starting pitcher for Day 2 under wraps. The lineup was revealed about an hour before the start of the game.
Since 1998, when Korean baseball players began competing in international tournaments, South Korea has led the series against Chinese Taipei 30 times with 19 wins and 11 losses, but has lost the last two games.
First, at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Korea faced Chinese Taipei in the first game of the group stage and lost 1-2. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the team held the Chinese Taipei bats without allowing any more runs. Kim Jae-hwan’s solo home run cut the deficit to one run. Taiwanese unemployed baseball player Wu Sheng-feng (Joint Venture) was unable to adjust to the pitching.
South Korea’s gold medal victory was marred by a poor start. The baseball world had to realize that the saying “you get what you pay for” was no longer valid.
In the 2019 Premier 12, they went 0-7 even with Kim Kwang-hyun as their starter. They were swept by a Taiwanese starter. The Chinese Taipei starter at the time was Zhang Yi (Oryx), who was in his second year of switching positions from beast to pitcher.
South Korea qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as the 2019 Premier 12 runner-up, but the loss to Chinese Taipei was still highly publicized. There was also a feeling that the runner-up finish was not accepted as an achievement.
Against Hong Kong on the 1st, Korea won 10-0 in a cold game in the 8th inning. After struggling to score after Moon Bo-kyung’s leadoff single in the first inning, Kim Hye-sung’s RBI double in the fourth inning and starter Won Tae-in’s four innings of no-hit ball gave Korea the lead.
After being silent from the fifth through seventh innings, the offense scored a whopping seven runs in the eighth to win the cold game. Kim Hye-sung had two hits in the eighth inning alone. After a double to start the big inning, she followed it up with an RBI single two batters later to bring in the 10th run.
With a win against Chinese Taipei on Sunday, South Korea will cross the eight-team ridge to the final. Japan in the Super Round is the second hurdle, but a win over Chinese Taipei would put them in a favorable head-to-head position. It’s also a must-win game if they want to extend their gold medal streak to four straight, dating back to Guangzhou in 2010, after overcoming the shock of the Doha disaster.