Korea Beats Israel in 1st-Round Baseball Game at Tokyo Olympics

  • By Chang Min-seok

    July 30, 2021 10:48

    Korea got off to a good start in baseball at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Thursday. Korea beat Israel 6-5 in its first game in Yokohama.

    The game went into extra innings after Korea allowed a home run to Ryan Lavarnway in the top of the ninth inning, which tied the score at 5-5.

    Under Olympic extra innings rules, Israel started the 10th with runners on first and second base. Oh Seung-hwan provided his team with some relief with three strikeouts.

    Baseball players gather around Yang Eui-ji (center) to celebrate their win in a game against Israel at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Thursday.

    Hwang Jae-gyun led off the bottom of the 10th with Oh Jae-il on first and Park Kun-woo on second. Hwang's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Oh Ji-hwan was out on a fly, and Hur Kyoung-min was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Yang Eui-ji was also hit by a pitch to end the game.

    Korea will face the U.S. in its second game on Saturday.

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