Team Korea has qualified for the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic with an easy 14-0 win over Team China.
China’s lack of quality pitching, fielding, and hitting was apparent in this mismatch. But considering their showing in the inaugural WBC three years ago, China has shown definite improvement.
Korea’s 10 hits included a two-run home run by third baseman Bum Ho Lee. With runners on in every inning, Korea challenged the Chinese defense successfully. Starting pitcher 22-year-old Suk Min Yoon pitched six innings, yielding just two hits and walking none.
Monday, Korea will face Japan in a rematch that essentially means nothing. Both teams have already qualified for the second round next week at Petco Park in San Diego.
But for a scout-in-pretending like me, the game should provide opportunities to watch players on both teams that might not otherwise get in the game.