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China: South Korea Wins 2010 Asian Games Title


CHINA – Kang Jung-ho smacked a pair of home runs and tallied five RBIs, and South Korea broke open a tight affair with a four-run third to dethrone Taiwan 9-3 Friday and reclaim the championship at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The Nexen Heroes third baseman tallied a trio of run-scoring hits. Kang and Lotte Giants slugger Lee Dae-ho both hit two-run blasts in a pivotal fourth frame, and singled home a run in the seventh. The corner infielder capped the gold medal victory with another two-run dinger in the ninth in front of 3,500 spectators at the Aoti Baseball Field.

Major Leaguer Choo Shin-soo, who was one of 10 Korean players to earn a military exemption with the Asian Games title, plated Jung Keun-woo with an RBI single in the first inning to stake the reigning Olympic champion to a quick lead. But, Taiwan answered in the bottom of the same frame off Hanwha Eagles ace
Ryu Hyun-jin on Cheng Yun-chi run-scoring hit.

Trailing 6-1, the defending Asian Games titleholder closed the gap with a pair of scores in the fourth on Hu Chin-lung and Lin Che-hsuan’s RBI singles. However, Ryu and reliever Yoon Suk-min blanked the Taiwanese the last five innings to bag their second tournament win against the baseball-crazed island nation.

Left-fielder Kim Hyun-soo and second baseman Jung Keun-woo combined for six hits and three runs, while Choo and Lee Yong-kyu had two hits apiece.

JAPAN 6, CHINA 2

Kenichi Yokoyama and Ryo Saeki both drive in two runs to help Japan bag the bronze medal with a win over host China on Friday in front of 900 fans at the Aoti Baseball Field in Guangzhou.

The 2006 Doha Asian Games silver medalist took a quick lead in the opening frame when Chinese starter Wang Pei walked Hayata Ito with the sacks full to force in a run. Yokoyama stretched the lead to 3-0 with a two-run double before Saeki plated two scores with a single to finished off the early fireworks.

Japan starter Kota Suda allowed two runs in five innings to notch the win.

PAST ASIAN GAMES CHAMPIONS
1994 – Japan
1998 – South Korea
2002 – South Korea
2006 – Taiwan
2010 – South Korea

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China: South Korea and Taiwan in 2010 Asian Games Final


CHINA – Yang Hyun-jong scattered a lone run over six innings and Choo Shin-soo connected for another long ball to help South Korea beat China 7-1 in a semifinal matchup Thursday at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. The Koreans will battle Taiwan in the Gold Medal game at the Aoti Baseball Field on Friday night.

Yang needed less than 100 pitches to silence the opposing batting lineup. The Kia Tigers hurler overcame a pair of early doubles to shutdown the upset-minded
Chinese to put South Korea within one win of reclaiming the top spot at the Asian Games.

The Koreans tagged Chinese starter Jiangang Lu with two scores in the second. Kim Hyun-soo and Kang Jung-ho reached on a single and double, respectively, before veteran catcher Park Kyung-oan delivered a two-run hit.

China quickly cut the lead in half to the delight of the hometown crowd. However, Choo belted a low, inside pitch over the right field wall in the third and Kim Tae-kyun added a two-run double as Korean manager Cho Bum-hyun’s squad added three more scores in the fifth to settle the outcome.

Hanwha Eagles ace Ryu Hyun-jin, who beat Taiwan earlier in the tournament, will get the ball in the championship game. The burly pitcher posted 16 wins with 187 strikeouts and a league-best 1.82 this past season in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

TAIWAN 4, JAPAN 3 (10)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor leaguer Chen Yung-chi broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI groundout off Japan reliever Atsushi Kobayashi, and Taiwan advanced to their third consecutive Asian Games final with a nerve-wracking triumph over Japan.

In a rematch of the 2006 Gold Medal game in Doha, Taiwan grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth off Japanese starter Tsugio Abe. Chang Chien-ming, who reached on a leadoff single, crossed the plate on an RBI groundout off the bat of Peng Cheng-min. Chang Tai-shan finished off the mini-rally with an RBI hit off reliever Takashi Fujita.

The reigning Asia Games champion stretched the lead to 3-0 in the sixth when La New Bears slugger Lin Chih-sheng tagged reliever Manabu Mima with a solo home run. But, the reigning World Baseball Classic titleholder refused to go away quietly.

Toshiyuki Hayashi drilled a game-tying, three-run blast off Yang Yao-hsun in the bottom of the ninth to send the games to extra frames. However, the Softbank Hawks reliever escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning to seal the narrow win.

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China: 2010 Asian Games Update


CHINA – South Korea and Japan continued on a collision course at the 16th Asian Games with blowout victories Tuesday at the Aoti Baseball Field in Guangzhou. Both Asian baseball heavyweights finished the preliminary round with unblemished records and need one more win on Wednesday to set the stage for a highly-anticipated championship game the following day.

Japan (3-0) pounded Mongolia 24-0 to win Pool A with its third consecutive shutout. The Japanese, which have outscored their opponents by a margin of 45 to none, will next battle Taiwan in a rematch of the of the 2006 Asian Games Gold Medal Game in Doha.

FINAL POOL A STANDINGS:
1. Japan (3-0)
2. China (2-1)
3. Thailand (1-2)
4. Mongolia (0-3)

South Korea (3-0) spanked Pakistan 17-0 to claim the top spot in Pool B, and will square off against China (2-1) with a berth in the title game at stake. The Koreans, runner-up at the second World Baseball Classic (WBC), have allowed just one run and knocked off defending champion Taiwan, 6-1, last Saturday as Hanwha Eagles left-handed ace Ryu Hyun-jin scattered a lone score over six innings and Major Leaguer Choo Shin-soo of the Cleveland Indians drilling two home runs.

Taiwan (2-1) advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals with a lopsided 16-0 triumph against Hong Kong on Monday. Chang Tai-shan, Peng Cheng-min and Lin combined for six hits, a pair of walks and eight RBIs.

FINAL POOL B STANDINGS:
1. South Korea (3-0)
2. Taiwan (2-1)
3. Pakistan (1-2)
4. Hong Kong (0-3)

Pakistan, which beat Hong Kong (0-3) in dramatic fashion Saturday on a three-run homer by Arshad Mahmood, finished the group with one win in three games.

2010 ASIAN GAMES SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Japan 18 – Thailand 0
Pakistan 5 – Hong Kong 3
South Korea 6 – Taiwan 1

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
China 15 – Mongolia 0
Taiwan 11 – Pakistan 1
South Korea 15 – Hong Kong 0

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Taiwan 16 – Hong Kong 0
Thailand 25 – Mongolia 0
Japan 3 – China 0

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
South Korea 17 – Pakistan 0
Japan 24 vs Mongolia 0
China 7 vs Thailand 0

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
China (2-1) vs South Korea (3-0)
Taiwan (2-1) vs Japan (3-0)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
China/S. Korea Loser vs Taiwan/Japan Loser (Consolation)
China/S. Korea Winner vs Taiwan/Japan Winner (Championship)

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