As if the Japanese media had waited, they criticized the performance of the Korean WBC (World Baseball Classic) baseball team. 토토사이트

The Korean WBC baseball team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, lost 2-4 in the 2023 WBC official evaluation match against the Orix Buffaloes held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 6th. 

The mound, which had expressed concerns since the Arizona field training in the United States, seemed to have adapted to the official ball to some extent. Starting with So Joon So (1⅓ innings, 3 runs, 1 earned run), Kwang-Hyun Kim (1⅔ innings, no runs) – Gwak Bin (1 innings, no runs) – Yang Hyeon-Jong (1 innings, no runs) – Jung Cheol-Won (1 ⅔ innings, 1 earned run) – Lee Yong-Chan (1 innings, no runs) ) – Ko Woo-seok (⅔ innings scoreless) – Kim Won-joong (⅔ innings scoreless) showed relay good fighting. 

The biggest problem was defense. Trusted Golden Glove shortstop Oh Ji-hwan and major leaguer Kim Ha-seong showed uneasiness at the consecutive catches. Oh Ji-hwan provided an excuse for two runs due to consecutive errors in the defense at the end of the second inning, and Kim Ha-seong, who moved from third base to shortstop in the sixth inning, stepped back and caught a ground ball in a crisis with second out, first and third base, and allowed the third base runner to lose. Coincidentally, the national team made three mistakes only at the shortstop position. 

Even table setters Tommy Edman and Kim Ha-seong, who made their debut, couldn’t distribute their first drink. Leadoff Edmon went 4 at-bats with no hits and struck out 1, and No. 2 Kim Ha-seong went 4 at-bats with 1 hit and 1 strikeout.

After the game, the Japanese media reported Korea’s performance in negative nuances. ‘Sponichi Annex’ said, “Edman, who joined the Korean national team in the major leagues, went 4 at-bats without a hit, and Kim Ha-seong, 4 at-bats, 1 hit, failed to demonstrate his original strength. Korea appointed Edmon, who had 40 home runs in his major league career, first, and Darvish Yu’s colleague Kim Ha-seong, second, but both players failed to function properly and left only anxiety.” 

There was also a point about defensive anxiety. Sponich Annex said, “Today in Korea, starting shortstop Oh Ji-hwan made two mistakes in a practice game, and Kim Ha-seong, who moved from third base to shortstop during the game, made one mistake. In today’s game in Korea, the shortstop was the trend.”

Another media, ‘Sports Hochi’ said, “In the first round of the WBC, Korea met Samurai Japan and had a practice match with Orix, but lost due to pitching imbalance. Starting with starter So-Jun Sohn’s sluggish performance, the shortstop defense was confused, and in the 8th inning, finisher Woo-Seok Ko complained of pain in his shoulder and had to get off the pitch in an emergency. He pointed out that the other line also seldom scored.” 

The national team will take the final mock test before the WBC finals against the Hanshin Tigers at the same place on the 7th. The national team, taking a day off on the 8th, will play against Australia, the first match of the WBC, on the 9th. 

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