Japan’s Nutba multi-hit ‘Pulp Pearl’… Comparable to Korean Edmund’s ‘0 hit + bad throw’
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‘Big leaguer’ Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis) showed a lower-than-expected appearance in the match against Korea and Japan. As Japan’s Lars Nutba (26, St. Louis) made a big success, Edmund became even more shabby.
The Korean baseball team lost 4-13 in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group B Round 2 Game against Japan held at Tokyo Dome, Japan on the 10th. Korea is on a two-game losing streak after losing against Australia the previous day (7-8).
On this day, compared to the match against Australia, Korea made changes to the bottom batting order, with Kang Baek-ho serving as the designated hitter number 7 and Choi Jeong serving as the 9th hitter and third baseman. However, he gave faith in the top batting order. And at the center of it all was Edmund, who had to play a leading role in batting order.
Edmund, whose mother is of Korean descent, was allowed to play for the Korean national team according to WBC rules. He raised expectations with a defense that won the National League Second Baseman Gold Glove in 2021, and a batting ability that could record double-digit home runs and 30 or more stolen bases.
In the game against Australia, Edmund started as the first batsman and second baseman. In his first three at-bats, he failed to record on base, but he walked out in the bottom of the 8th inning and set the stage for the pursuit. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, he created a chance by going out with an infield hit. Although he lost face by failing to steal bases, he played a minimal role.
As a result, Edmund was named in the first batting order in the match against Japan, just like the day before. In particular, his career batting average of 0.375 (6 hits in 16 at-bats) against Yu Darvish (37, San Diego), who started in Japan that day, brightened the game prospects.
Edmon, who came in for the first time at bat at the beginning of the first inning, attacked Darvish’s high fastball on the third pitch, but withdrew with a ground ball from the second baseman. In the beginning of the 3rd inning, he attacked Darvish’s loose breaking ball and hit it well, but it went straight to the right fielder.
I made a mistake in the defense I expected. After one shot at the end of the second inning, when Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston) slow grounder in the fifth, he made a bad throw to first base and sent the runner to second base. Starter Kim Gwang-hyeon (35, SSG) caught the follow-up hitters well and didn’t lose any runs, but it resulted in an increase in the number of pitches.
Even after that, the uneasiness continued. Won Tae-in (23, Samsung), who caught a straight hit from Japan’s Kazuma Okamoto (27, Yomiuri) at the end of the 3rd inning, with one out, 1st and 2nd base, allowed a turnaround to 3-4, immediately threw to catch the runner on second base. However, Edmund, who received the throw, failed to properly catch it. The judgment of Won Tae-in, who could not throw to first base, was also regrettable, but Edmund’s catch was not even basic. 카지노사이트
At the end of the 5th inning, Choi Jeong (36, SSG), the lead hitter, went out and Edmund stepped into the batter’s box at first base. However, he failed to hit the send-off bunt properly, and ended up striking out with a swing on the outside changeup. It was painful for Edmund to not even hit a true base in that No. 3 Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom) had a double. Edmund also withdrew due to a foul fly to third baseman in the 4th at-bat in the 7th inning.
On this day, Edmon finished the game with no hits and one error in four at-bats. He failed to show the majesty of a major leaguer in both offense and defense. As he was silent, the Korean batting line could not break through, and in the end, the match between Korea and Japan ended with a crushing defeat.
Edmon’s sluggish performance was compared to Nutba, who was a teammate of St. Louis and was Japan’s No. 1 hitter and center fielder in the match. At the end of the 3rd inning, he made a timely hit in front of the center fielder from 1st and 2nd base, becoming Japan’s first scorer.
Nutba went out with a ball that fit his body in the 6th inning and laid the foundation for a 5-run big inning. In the 7th inning, after hitting a hit in front of the right fielder, he also showed a sense of running to second base while the thrower went to third base.
In defense, he showed a great scene that surprised everyone. Nuthba threw herself away to catch Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego)’s hit hit in the first run of the 5th inning, which was a one-point difference. He ran out of the center field position for a long time and succeeded in catching with difficulty, breaking the flow that could have gone to Korea.
MBC commentator Jeong Min-cheol (51), who relayed the game that day, commented on the current situation of the two players, saying, “When Korea accepted Edmund, they welcomed it, and there was a temperature difference between Nutba and Nutba. However, Nutba overcame it with his performance.” pointed out
Korea, where the players who should have failed to do so, was defeated by rival Japan. Having suffered two defeats, Korea now has a difficult time advancing to the second round.
‘Big leaguer’ Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis) showed a lower-than-expected appearance in the match against Korea and Japan. As Japan’s Lars Nutba (26, St. Louis) made a big success, Edmund became even more shabby. The Korean baseball team lost 4-13 in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Group B Round 2 Game against Japan held…