Sidearm Koh Young-pyo Pitched Scoreless – Kang Baek-ho Choi Jeong-eun Home Run
The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean national team won their first match.
The national team, led by head coach Lee Kang-cheol (KT), won 8-2 with 14 hits in an evaluation match against NC held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona on the 17th.
According to the agreement between coach Lee and NC coach In-kwon Kang, the game was played for 7 innings, focusing on checking the condition of the pitchers of the national team. Starting with Kwang-Hyun Kim (SSG), 7 pitchers pitched one inning each, filling in around 25 pitches regardless of the out count. The pitchers played their first real match with the WBC official ball, using a ball with mud on its surface, just like in a real tournament.
The pitcher who showed off the best pitch was sidearm Ko Young-pyo (KT). Koh Young-pyo gave up only one hit and struck out two and recorded no runs while facing five batters. The number of pitches was only 16. Koh Young-pyo said, “The WBC 바카라official ball was a little slippery, but the changeup worked better than I thought. He will refine his changeup, which falls in front of the hitter,” he said.
At bat, Kang Baek-ho (KT) and Choi Jeong (SSG) showed a good sense of hitting. Kang Baek-ho hit a two-run home run against Song Myeong-ki in the second inning, and Choi Jeong-eun hit a solo home run from Choi Seong-yeong in the third.
On that day, a large number of American professional baseball major league scouts gathered at the stadium to observe Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom), who is aiming to advance to the major leagues after this season. According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), scouts from nine clubs, including Texas, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco, New York Mets, Detroit, Boston, New York Yankees, Kansas City and Chicago Cubs, watched the game. When Lee Jeong-hoo, who started as the top hitter on the day, was replaced after going 0-for-2 in at-bats, the scouts left the field all at once.