The baseball team participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) won the first evaluation match against the NC Dinos.
On the 16th (local time), the national team led by coach Lee Kang-cheol won 8-2 in an evaluation match against NC at Veteran Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
After the convocation on the 14th, the national team, which had its first training session on the 15th, was able to prepare for the next training with a good feeling by winning the real game that took place right away. Even though the opponent was NC’s second group, it was worth giving meaning in terms of confidence.
Korea: Jeong-Hoo Lee (center fielder) – Ji-Hwan Oh (shortstop) Jeong-Choi (3rd baseman) – Byeong-Ho Park (DH) – Hyeon-Soo Kim (left fielder) – Seong-Beom Na (right fielder) – Baek-Ho Kang (1st baseman) – Ji-Young Lee (catcher) – Hye-Sung Kim (2nd baseman) was named to the starting lineup. The starting pitcher was Kim Gwang-hyun.
In Korea, Kim Kwang-Hyun caused a crisis with 1 out and 1st and 3rd bases in the beginning of the 1st inning, but prevented it with no runs. The first score came in Korea’s second attack.
After the lead batter Kim Hyeon-soo hit a heavy hit, Kang Baek-ho hit a two-run home run in the middle right against Song Myeong-ki.
In the 3rd inning, lead batter Choi Jeong fired a left-handed solo shot against Choi Seong-young. After that, Park Byeong-ho’s double and wildfire led to one out and third baseman Na Seong-beom ran away with an RBI and a right-handed hit at the right time.
Korea’s aggression did not stop there.
In the 4th inning, Kim Hye-sung and Park Hae-min were greeted with consecutive hits, but Oh Ji-hwan’s sacrifice fly at first and third base, an opponent’s error, and Park Kun-woo’s 1 RBI 슬롯사이트double hit the run to 7-0.
In Korea, Jung Woo-young struggled with control in the 5th inning and dedicated 2 points to the NC lineup.
However, in the last attack of the 7th inning, Park Hae-jin’s 1 RBI double hit a wedge in the victory.
On this day, Kang Baek-ho stood out with two hits including a home run, and Choi Jeong-do hit a home run. Lee Jung-hoo, who attracted the attention of numerous MLB club scouts, went 0-2 in at-bats.
Starting with starter Kim Gwang-hyeon, the mound was pitched in the order of Go Young-pyo, Jeong Cheol-won, Won Tae-in, Jung Woo-yeong, Lee Eui-ri, and Go Woo-seok. Regardless of the out count, they threw one inning each in a way to fill a certain amount of pitches quota.
Most of them were not in good shape yet, so their pitches were jagged, but all of them showed their crisis management skills and contributed to the victory.
Korea plans to hold additional practice games here with the KIA Tigers (20th), KT Wiz (23rd and 25th), and LG Twins (27th).