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WBC Game Chat: Korea vs. China 6:00 pm PT
2006-03-03 16:50
by Bob Timmermann

Live from the Tokyo Dome China lost its opener to Japan, 18-2 and is sending out Chen Kun, described by manager Jim Lefebvre as having the best fastball on the team.

Korean manager In Sik Kim hasn't settled on a starter (He has and it's Min Han Son), but he threw his four best pitchers up against Taiwan in his team's 2-0 victory yesterday: Jae Seo, Byung-Hyun Kim, Dae Sung Koo, and Chan Ho Park. Third baseman and cleanup hitter Don Joo Kim hurt his shoulder and may miss the game. Manager Kim knows that cliches translate well "You never know what will happen (against China), who will win. And the day after tomorrow, we'll just keep doing our best."

中国队首战日本 失利

제목 : [한국vs대만] 해외파 마운드, 대만타선 무실점 '꽁꽁'

Final Score: Korea 10, China 1.

WP - Min Han Son
LP - Kun Chen
HRs - Seong-Yeop Lee (2)

Korea advances to the second round in Anaheim if Japan beats Taiwan in game starting Saturday at 1 am PT. Korea faces Japan tomorrow for the top spot in Pool A.

AP wrapup

2006-03-03 17:06:55
1.   Cliff Corcoran
Bob, maybe you can answer this burning question I have: How on earth did Jim Lefebvre, an American with a French name, wind up managing China in the WBC?
2006-03-03 17:11:01
2.   Bob Timmermann
China has only been playing baseball for three years. They needed to get a team together for the 2008 Olympics that wouldn't be a complete embarrassment.
2006-03-03 18:38:04
3.   das411
But then isn't baseball out of the Olympics after 2008? Couldn't they just throw 25 guys out there and have them forfeit every game instead of all this trouble to make an actual baseball team?
2006-03-03 18:55:12
4.   Bob Timmermann
Maybe they would like to play well. And since their neighbors like Japan and Korea play, why not join in the fun?
2006-03-03 19:03:27
5.   Bob Timmermann
ESPN2 audio tonight. Big homer by Lee (Seung-Yeop).

I'm counting on an early end to this one.

2006-03-03 20:15:10
6.   Bob Timmermann
Korea needs 3 in the 7th to end it.
2006-03-03 20:32:54
7.   Andrew Shimmin
There may not be a bigger fan of the mercy rule in all the world than Bob Timmermann.
2006-03-03 20:33:52
8.   Andrew Shimmin
Oh, and Korea falls one run short. Maybe next game.
2006-03-03 20:52:55
9.   Bob Timmermann
One more run for the mercy rule!
2006-03-03 20:56:18
10.   Bob Timmermann
And China gets to play 9 innings!
2006-03-03 22:01:12
11.   das411
WTF, espn is skipping ahead in the broadcast!! I DONT GET TO SEE HEE SEOP!!!!!!!!!! :( :( :(
2006-03-03 22:03:31
12.   Bob Timmermann
You aren't missing much.
2006-03-03 22:07:15
13.   das411
I know but the ratings for this thing will plummet as soon as I turn my tv off, gotta do my part yknow?
2006-03-03 22:12:03
14.   Bob Timmermann
They had over 3100 people in attendance at the game!
2006-03-03 22:21:39
15.   Xeifrank
I think it's great that the PRC is playing baseball and taking it seriously. They have a huge population to draw upon if the sport catches on. The Chinese are huge sports fans, hopefully they will improve and send a 7 footer over to pitch for the Astros.
vr, Xei

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