‘Shocking result’ Japanese baseball loses to Chinese baseball…5 days to go before the big game
An upset has occurred. China’s baseball team defeats Japan to set up a Korea-Japan game.
The baseball group A match between China and Japan at the Hangzhou Asian Games at Xiaoxing Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday. China defeated Japan 1-0 in an upset.
Japan sent 1997-born left-hander Sunya Morita to the mound in hopes of sweeping the group stage, but the bats struggled. China scored first against Morita in the top of the second inning. A walk and a bunt single loaded the bases, and an RBI single with one out gave China a 1-0 lead.
The run in the second inning was the only run of the game for either team. Japan was held scoreless through nine innings. They had the bases loaded in the seventh, but the next batter struck out swinging to end the threat in the bottom of the ninth.
China was able to capitalize on the ironclad mound as 19-year-old starter Wang Xiang pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and the bullpen that came on later put together a four-inning scoreless relay. Japan went with the “+1” strategy of removing Morita after three innings and bringing in Yuki Katayama, but the bats didn’t respond.
It was a shocking result. The group standings were not as expected as the Japanese team, who were favored to top the group, were brought to their knees by China. China topped Group A with a three-game sweep, while Japan finished second with a 2-1 record. 토토사이트 The game was the final match of the day for Group A.
This also secures the second-place finisher in Group B, South Korea, a Super Round matchup. South Korea will play Japan in a “Korea-Japan” game on May 5 at 1:00 p.m. (KST) before facing China on May 6 at 1:00 p.m. (KST). While Japan’s lackluster performance against China exposed some of their offensive weaknesses, their pitching staff was as solid as expected. Ryu Joong-il will need to be prepared.
South Korea must catch Japan and China in the super rounds, and if Chinese Taipei wins the super round against China, they can advance to the final depending on the “what if” scenario.