The South Korean national baseball team at the Asian Games, led by head coach Ryu Joong-il, beat Taiwan by 20 in the final match of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at 7 p.m. on the 7th (Korea Standard Time) at Xiaoxing Baseball Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
With this, the Korean national baseball team won the gold medal. It is the fourth consecutive gold medal following the 2010 Guangzhou, 2014 Incheon, and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. It is also the sixth Asian Games gold medal in total until the 1998 Bangkok and 2002 Busan Games.
South Korea took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning through Kim Joo-won’s RBI left fielder sacrifice fly and opponent starter Lin Wi-min’s wild pitch with two outs and runners on second and third. Since then, starter Moon Dong-joo’s good pitching has maintained a two-run lead until the sixth inning, Choi Ji-min stopped the seventh inning and Park Young-hyun stopped the eighth inning without losing a point. 스포츠토토
Coach Ryu Joong-il put Ko Woo-suk on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ko has suffered a lot in international competitions. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he shook his head with a three-run double by Suzuki Seiya. In particular, he was disappointed that he could not step on the first base in a double play opportunity to end the inning before he hit a three-run double. He was also stigmatized as a “tap dance” for the scene.
Ko Woo-suk also scored two runs against Taiwan on the 2nd in this tournament. He came out in the bottom of the eighth inning when he was trailing 0-2, but rather than preventing additional runs, he guided the team to a shortcut to defeat.
The game was also dangerous. Ko Woo-suk faced a crisis with a right-handed hit by Linley after one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Later, in the match against Lin Anker, Ko Woo-suk used a low fastball on the outside and body. All were formed in a position to receive strike calls.
However, all three pitches were unable to get a strike call. Ko Woo-suk sat down, and Ryu Joong-il opened his mouth and looked angry. Even Taiwanese players laughed out loud. Ko Woo-suk later threw a ball high outside the fourth pitch. Rather, this pitch was ruled a strike. It was a pitch that was suspected of being judged as compensation.
Ko Woo-suk gave up a right-handed hit to Lin Anker that penetrated the side of the first baseman in the continuous game. It was a hit that he was forced into the strike zone as the ball count was pushed back. With one out and runners on first and second bases, the tying runner was on base. For Ko Woo-suk, he had no choice but to be cornered.
However, Ko Woo-suk induced Unenting to hit a double play to second base to seal the gold medal. Later, tears were seen at the awards ceremony. It was a hot tear that overcame all kinds of adversity.
From the stigma of “tap dance,” failure to participate in the WBC due to injury, two runs against Taiwan in the group stage of the Asian Games, and the final referee’s ballplay. Numerous adversities have come to Ko Woo-suk, who participated in international competitions. Ko Woo-suk finally overcame this adversity to win the Asian Games gold medal and shed tears. It was a “winner’s tear” that healed all the pain so far.