South Korea’s baseball team has rarely been successful in international tournaments because it has been held back by Taiwan. The 2003 Asian Championships in Sapporo, Japan, with a spot in the 2004 Athens Olympics on the line, was a bad start .South Korea lost 4-5 to Chinese Taipei in 10 extra innings and failed to qualify for Athens. The 2006 Doha Asian Games were also a disaster in the memory of baseball fans .In the six-nation pool tournament, Korea lost 2-4 to Chinese Taipei, wiping out the excitement of reaching the World Baseball Classic (WBC) quarterfinals earlier that year. A knee-jerk reaction to the Chinese Taipei loss would have sent Korean baseball into a tailspin. On the other hand, if they beat Taiwan in the first game, they gain confidence and play well. The organizers of the tournament recognize the strange relationship between the two countries and place the two teams in key spots to boost the box office .At the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, Korea’s baseball team defeated Chinese Taipei in the preliminary round and again in the final to win gold. The 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games was a rare exception. On a day like this, South Korea started the Super Round with a 1-2 record after being shut out by an unknown pitcher from Chinese Taipei, and then, thanks to Japan holding off Chinese Taipei, the three teams were tied at two wins apiece, and the rules allowed South Korea and Japan to advance to the final. South Korea won its third straight Asian Games title by edging out Japan. Coach Ryu Jung-il and his players were hoping for a “déjà vu” from five years ago after a 0-4 loss to Chinese Taipei in their second group game at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Center 1 on Sunday. “We’ll get one more chance,” was the common sentiment of the team after the loss. To do so, they would have to beat Japan and China in the Super Round and hope for a miracle that Japan would catch Taiwan .However, it remains to be seen if the Korean batting lineup, which is considered the ‘weakest’ in the tournament, will be able to hit the ball off the sophisticated Japanese pitching staff. Just as Taiwan studied Korea hard, Japan, whose trademark is “microscopic analysis,” will be looking at Korea even more closely .Ryu acknowledged the improvement in Taiwanese baseball, saying, “The players have studied a lot in the minor leagues, the hitters are not fooled by changeups, and the defense is solid, so they are now a team to watch out for. “Noh, who batted third, said, “The Taiwanese pitchers’ pitches were fast and powerful, and they had good control, so they didn’t make mistakes.” “That made it harder for the hitters, because we didn’t prepare well,” he said. Taiwanese baseball is slowly but surely making progress as the South Korean national team tries to break out of third place in Asia, while Japan has been solid enough to win its third WBC title this year. Today’s loss to Chinese Taipei, in which the Koreans failed to capitalize on their two-hitter, was another unfortunate moment that exposed the current state of Korean baseball, which is one 토토사이트 of going backwards and hoping for the best instead of moving forward.