Korea baseball misses out on Asian Championship final…

The South Korean baseball team failed to reach the final of the 30th Asian Baseball Confederation Championship.

The Korean team, which is comprised of a combination of professionals and amateurs coached by Lee Dong-myung (Dong-dae), lost 2-5 to Japan in the second game of the tournament’s super round on Monday at the Taipei Dome in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Koreans, who entered the Super Round as the second-ranked team with one loss after going 0-4 against Chinese Taipei in the group stage, defeated the Philippines 8-2 but were unable to get past Japan to finish with a 1-2 record in the Super Round.

Japan advanced to the final with three wins, while Chinese Taipei edged the Philippines 2-1 to finish second in the Super Round with a 2-1 record and will play Japan for the title at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

South Korea will play the Philippines for third or fourth place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Korea fell behind 0-0 against Japan in the third inning when Lee Byung-heon (Doosan Bears) was hit by a pitch with runners on second and third and Ryuga Ihara singled to center field.

In the fourth inning, back-to-back singles put runners on first and third, making it 0-4.

South Korea scored a run in the fifth on a groundout by Jung Jun-jae (Dongguk University) with runners on first and second and third, and cut the deficit to 2-4 in the eighth on a home run to left by Kim Bum-seok (LG Twins).

Kim’s home run was the first home run at the Taipei Dome, which opened for the tournament.

However, South Korea gave up one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning to fall to a three-run deficit. 사설토토

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