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WBC: Korea destroys China, 14-0

by on Mar.08, 2009 @ 10:00 am, under WBC

Talk about ouch. It really "hurt" to watch this game, especially because I was partially rooting for China (what a nice story it would have been for them to get to the second round).

It also came as quite a surprise that they were beaten so badly by Korea. The way I saw it, Japan only managed 4 runs against China on Thursday (albeit with a slumping Ichiro) and China managed to beat Taipei 4-1. I figured they would give Korea a little more trouble, but it was really no contest -- the hitters looked over-matched at the plate and none of the pitchers looked comfortable on the mound.

In looking over the box score, I see China committed 2 errors (although it felt like they made a lot more than that and doesn't include the mental miscues they made on the field) and hit three batters. That doesn't include the 7 walks they also gave up. And don't forget to throw in 2 wild pitches and a balk. Pitchers for China were all over the place last night.

So that's what, 12 base runners without even counting the 10 hits Korea knocked out. It's no wonder that China was beaten so badly.

But you know what, I think the biggest problem for China was Sun getting settled in. Giving up 2 quick runs in the first really set the tone for the entire game. After that first inning, China already started looking a little down. And even after he settled down for the second and third inning, he never seemed completely comfortable out on the mound (he kept shaking his shoulders and wandered around behind the mound a couple time trying to loosen things up).

The only reason I can think of as to why Collins didn't take Sun out sooner, was because he was a side-arm pitcher. Korea has a weakness with pitchers that throw from the side and I think Collins was hoping to capitalize on that. Unfortunately, Sun was wild and ended up giving up 4 runs over 3.1 innings of work.

By the time Sun left and the 4th inning ended, China was down 4 runs. And with the way the China's offense was being over-powered by Korea, it just didn't seem like there would be any sort of comeback in the works.

It was a really tough game to watch if you were rooting for China. And as things couldn't get any worse, they just absolutely fell apart in the 5th and 6th innings. Makes me wonder what Collins was doing in dugout.

In any case, this now means Korea will play Japan again tomorrow. You can bet both teams will be absolutely pumped for the game. I'm not quite sure who will make the start for Korea yet, but I'm fairly certain Iwakuma will be starting for Japan. And I'm almost 100% positive that Darvish will be ready in the pen if Iwakuma doesn't have his stuff. You can also bet on Watanabe making another outing if necessary (he only tossed 7 pitches yesterday).

It's going to be a great game. And the Dome is going to be absolutely packed. I'm psyched!

And don't forget to check out my WBC Korea vs China images.

8 comments on “WBC: Korea destroys China, 14-0

  1. emath

    Yeah, as I had posted in your other entry, I kinda expected this to be a good game. Sadly it was never close, it looks like. I can’t wait for the finale… too bad I will be at work, and can’t watch.

  2. Gwynar

    I had a feeling that Korea would come out swinging. I was a little surprised that Dae Ho Lee wasn’t in the starting lineup, but I guess Korea figured they could still beat China without him in there (Lee did end up pinch-hitting in the 6th and promptly hit a run-scoring double).

  3. knucklehead7

    Maury Brown had an article up the other day on the TV ratings from the Japan/China game. I didn’t see what they were for the first Korea/Japan game, but I bet the rematch does pretty well.

  4. Gwynar

    I did a quick search to see if there was information on what the ratings were for the game between Japan against Korea, but it doesn’t appear as if they’ve been made public yet.

    BTW: I mentioned the ratings for the China/Japan game over here.

  5. emath

    Apparently I have zero idea how this thing works. I thought Japan and Korea played again, but if I am hearing right, watching ESPN coverage of the Dominican game, they both are moving on to SD. Now, maybe they play the first game there, I don’t know…

  6. knucklehead7
    Quote:

    Apparently I have zero idea how this thing works. I thought Japan and Korea played again, but if I am hearing right, watching ESPN coverage of the Dominican game, they both are moving on to SD. Now, maybe they play the first game there, I don’t know…

    Korea and Japan still play tomorrow morning (our time). I think ESPN is just saying that both have already advanced to the next round in San Diego.

    The winner of this bracket will play the pool B (Cuba, Australia, South Africa, Mexico) runner-up next Sunday, and the runner-up from this bracket will play the winner of pool B.

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