Sunday, March 05, 2006

Taiwan got their alphas kicked in Japan in the World Baseball Classic

They lost Thursday 2-0 to Korea in what was a really good game, with Korea playing out of their mind defense, and Taiwan's bats just going cold at the worst time. Last night, Taiwan got beat up 13-3 by Japan in seven innings because of the mercy rule. Japan is a strong team, and one of the 4 favorites in this tournament, along with the US, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Tonight, Taiwan plays China, but both teams are only playing for pride, as only the top two teams from this pool advance to the next round in the States. Korea is guaranteed to advance since they are 2-0 after beating Taiwan and China, and Japan has the same record after beating Taiwan and China as well. Tonight's game between Japan and Korea will probably not be as good as the one between Korean and Taiwan since the field has already been set, Korea is an inferior team, and both are set to advance.