Korea Crushed by Chinese Taipei at Premier 12

  • By Lee Soon-heung, Joo Hyung-sik

    November 13, 2019 10:34

    Korea was routed by Chinese Taipei 7-0 at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 in Chiba, Japan on Tuesday.

    After beating the U.S. a day ago, it was Korea's second game of the Super Round at the WBSC Premier 12, where the top six teams to advance from the opening round of the 12 highest-ranked national teams compete.

    Ace left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun, who started Tuesday's game, gave up three runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings and left the mound.

    Korea hardly got a chance to score in the following innings, while Chen Chun-hsiu of Chinese Taipei blasted a three-run homerun in the top of the seventh inning and Lin Hung-yu hit another homer in the ninth, giving Chinese Taipei a 7-0 lead.

    Kim Kwang-hyun (left) leaves the mound as he is replaced in the fourth inning in a game against Chinese Taipei at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 in Chiba, Japan on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Korea now shares second place with Japan among the six countries in the round. Mexico is in the lead and Chinese Taipei is fourth, followed by Australia and the U.S.

    The Premier 12 serves as the qualifying event for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. To secure a berth assigned to Asia and Oceania, Korea must win against Mexico on Friday and Japan on Saturday.

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