November 13, 2015 10:16
Korea beat Venezuela 13-2 as the mercy rule was enforced after seven innings at a match in Taoyuan, Taiwan on Thursday in the Premier 12, a tournament organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation involving 12 top-ranked nations.
Under the mercy rule, a game is declared over if a team leads by 15 or more runs at the end of the fifth inning or by 10 or more runs at the end of the seventh. The mercy rule does not apply in the semifinals and final.
Korea had 14 hits and seven bases on balls in their pummeling of Venezuela. The only Korean batter in the starting lineup not to manage a hit was slugger Park Byung-ho, who is currently waiting to begin negotiations with the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. Park had one walk in three at-bats.
The hottest batter for Korea was third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun, who went 4 for 4 with two solo homers and three RBIs.
Starting pitcher Rhee Dae-eun held Venezuela to two runs in five innings to pick up the win. Woo Kyu-min and Lee Tae-yang pitched one inning each to secure the victory.
Korea will face Mexico and the U.S. on Saturday and Sunday. Korea now has two wins and one loss. If it finishes among the top four out of six teams in the group stage, it will advance to the quarterfinals.
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