Team USA served up some last-minute fireworks with a three-hit surge that brought in two points. A far cry from the needed comeback, it at least provided a bit of relief for fans who had managed to stick out the heartbreak and unseasonably chilly weather.
Strong performances from the bullpen included Jeon Byung-doo (Kia), Kim Byung-hyun (Colorado), Koo Dae-sung (Hanwha), Jung Dae-hyun (SK) and Oh Seung-whan (Samsung) following opener Son Min-han (Lotte) and infielders like Park Jin-man (Samsung) and Kim Min-jae (Hanwha), who took up an impregnable defensive stance whenever the Korean team was facing crisis. They left the U.S.'s dream-team batting lineup with only eight hits.
Italics are mine.
I'm hoping this story was translated from Korean. Either that or this writer has been reading a lot of Grantland Rice.