Starter Oh is too much for Italy, Korea wins

Korea beats (4-0) Italy and stays in the race for one of the spots that qualify to the second round. Italy has another chance as well in the last game of the round against Venezuela.
Right hander Oh Taek Hyoun starred for Korea, striking out 14 batters in 7.2 innings and Seum Wun Moon got the last out of the game, pitching in a bases loaded situation.

Italy was off a brilliant start against Oh. Second baseman Juan Carlo Infante doubled to right field and shortstopStand out korean starter Oh Taek Hyun (Ratti/Fibs) Anhony Granato singled to left. With runners at the corners, Oh struck out right fielder Mario Chiarini, got DH Jairo Ramos on a pop to shortstop and struck out first baseman Giuseppe Mazzanti on a sweeping slider.

Oh made very rarely mistakes. On a hanging slider, Chiarini took him deep to right, but the ball bounced off the wall and neither Ramos (struck out) nor Mazzanti (flied out to left) could advance him.

By that time, Korea was already on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the fifth catcher Choi Jae Hoon had taken italian starter Chris Cooper deep for a solo homer to right. It was the fifth korean hit of the night, buit the asian team got better against the azzuri bullpen and at the end of the game combined 14 hits.

Korea actually opened the score in the eigth. Luca Panerati gave up a lead off base hit to DH Kim Jae Hwan and left to make room for Justin Cicatello. The right hander sent Kim to second on a throwing error and couldn't get the out on pinch hitter Jan Myuk No slow roller. An error by Granato and a base hit by Choi, who took advantage of the italian infield in, made it 4-0.

Korea went to the bull pen in the seventh. Oh, with a pitch count just over 120, left for Sung Bum Na. The newcomer walked the lead off hitter of the eight and left for Jin Wu Him. The third korean pitcher of the night struggled and walked pinch hitter Castellitto. On a line drive to right by Giovanni Pantaleoni, second baseman Juo Huan Choi was ready for the out and got the double play to second. Italian manager Mazzieri questioned the umpire call but couldn't get it reversed. Catcher Riccardo Bertagnon kept the inning alive with a base hit to right and Jin walked the bases loaded. Korea gave the final call to the bull pen for closer Seum Wun Moon, who got Infante on a pop fly to shortstop to end the game.


"We missed our momentum in the first" said to the press italian manager Marco Mazzieri "But you must give credit to their pitcher. We have seen him against Korea and knew he was going to throw a lot of breaking balls outside. Still, we were not able to adjust. Anyway, tomorrow we play the seventh final of our tournament. We are ready, even if I do not really like the idea that the team will get to the hotel at 2 in the night and tomorrow we play at 2 in the afternoon"