Olympic champion South Korea is in contention for another big international championship.
South Korea qualified for the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic by beating defending WBC champion Japan and its slumping star, Ichiro Suzuki, 4-1 on Tuesday night. Japan held the South Koreans to only four singles but also issued seven walks, including four in the eighth inning.
Backed by a boisterous cheering section at Petco Park and led by left-hander Bong Jung-keun, the South Koreans joined Venezuela and the United States in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
Korea got 3 runs in the first and coasted the rest of the way with great pitching and defense.
Japanese have lost 2 out of 3 games to Korea in this tournament so far and now face Cuba in an elimination game Wednesday night for a place in the Semis.
Take me out to the ballgame Korean style :)
And if you sit by Korean fans at a ball game you'll get this for 4 hours!
They keep saying on the telecast that Koreans invented those Thundersticks. Those things are LOUD!