World Baseball Classic surprise begin, although Taiwan got huge win over China, but Korea upset Japan by Seung Yeop Lee’s two run homer.
For China, 18-2 loss to Japan in the Classic opener was a bummer. The 10-1 setback to Korea in the second game was nothing to write home about, either. And Sunday’s 12-3 loss to rival Chinese Taipei before 4,577 put the finishing touches on Team China’s rough week in Tokyo.
For Taiwan, Winless heading into the Classic’s final day, Yung Chi Chen (Seattle Mariners Prospect) of Chinese Taipei has monster day to a 12-3 win over the rival China, saving face and keeping Asian baseball’s pecking order somewhat intact.
Although Japan speedster Munenori Kawasaki laid down a bunt and couldn’t beat the throw to first, and Ichiro Suzuki popped out unceremoniously for the final out, ending a series of ineptitude for the Seattle Mariners star, as Japan fell, 3-2, to Korea in the World Baseball Classic.
After three wins, Korea will play two exhibition games in Arizona — Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise and Friday night against the San Diego Padres in Peoria. A date with the second seed from Pool B (United States, Canada, Mexico or South Africa) awaits Korea in Anaheim on Sunday, followed by two other games — including a rematch against Japan.
Day 3 result:
Chinese Taipei 12, China 3
CHINESE TAIPEI - 001 402 041 -- 12 CHINA - 000 002 001 -- 3
KOREA - 000 010 020 -- 3 JAPAN - 110 000 000 -- 2