If your defense is making a lot of errors and your offense isn’t hitting, you’re going to lose the game. It’s a formula that the South Korean women’s national baseball team is repeating.
The South Korean women’s national team, led by head coach Yang Sang-moon, suffered a 0-10 cold-game loss to Mexico in their fourth match of the Women’s Baseball World Cup 2024 (WBSC) qualifying tournament at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Canada, on Wednesday (July 13). With the loss, the team remains winless through four qualifying games and sits at the bottom of Group A.
The team committed five fielding errors on the day, but only managed three hits. Of the 10 runs, seven were pitcher’s errors. Three of the runs were due to fielding errors.
It’s the same old, same old. In the first game of the tournament, against Hong Kong (8-9), the team committed six errors and only managed four hits. In their third game, against Australia (3-10), they had six errors and five hits. Same formula for the loss to Mexico.
In their second game, against the United States (0-14), they managed to cut their errors down to two, but their opponents didn’t commit any errors and managed 13 hits, including a home run. On the other hand, the team managed three hits against the United States.
After giving up three runs in the first inning against Mexico, the team was left stranded and unable to catch up. Meanwhile, Mexico scored eight runs in the third inning, taking advantage of Team USA’s defensive lapses.
In the end, the team was unable to score any runs and had to settle for an 0-10 cold game loss after giving up two more runs in the sixth inning.
While there were many errors on defense, not all of them were bad. Third baseman Kim Hyun-hee caught a foul fly in the bottom of the second inning, bumping her forehead against the fence and drawing applause from the crowd.
Second baseman Lee Ji-A also drew praise from the coaching staff with several good defensive plays. Outfielder Yang Seo-jin, 토토사이트 who was called up to play first base due to an injury to main first baseman Kim Hae-ri, also did her part in an unfamiliar position.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Koreans had a chance to score their first run, but it didn’t happen. Joo Eun-jung was hit in the calf by the opposing pitcher and limped to first base. Park Joo-ah followed with a single to left, and Kim Ye-seo was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. However, Yang Seo-jin was retired on a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Park Min-seong gave up seven runs (five earned) in 2.2 innings, Choi Song-hee pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, and Lee Yoo-jin gave up three runs (two earned) in 0.2 innings.