Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Game 4
South Korea 14, Spain 5
Honestly, given the way the Korean team has played, I thought this would be another 10 run slaughter. The biggest suprise of this game was that Spain managed five runs of a Korean pitching staff that has been especially stingy. Korea had allowed only 3 runs in the previous three games heading into this match up.
At the plate....
This was your typical "Get Away Day" lineup heading into today's off day. Most of the regulars either sat this one out or played limited roles. The most memorable instance(for me) of this in Major League Baseball was Jerry Manuel with the Chicago White Sox in 2003. The day before the Sox had an off day it always seemed like Manuel went out of his way to find the worst lineup combination possible.
2nd baseman, Ko Yong-min continued to batter international pitching. He went 3-4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. While Kim Ju-Chan filled in at first for Lee Seung-yeop and went 4-4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored. Speaking of Lee, he made a pinch hit cameo in the 8th inning and belted a 2 run bomb. In the tournement, Lee has gone 7-12 with 2 homers and 9(!) RBI.
On the mound....
Not much to mention here. Kim Sun-woo got the start. He worked 4 strong innings before getting into trouble in the 5th. It is worth noting that Spain managed to bang out 11 hits.
It sounds like things got a little chippy in the Canada/Taiwan matchup. For a recap check out Jackson Broder at the Taipei Times.
The game also featured a guy named Stubby Clapp. I'm convinced Jackson made up the name just to see if anyone was reading.