The original man of the China War, don’t blame yourself
Everyone knows. that you did your best
Won Tae-in (23, Samsung) started the match against China in the 4th round of the 1st round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 13th. He allowed 2 runs with 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and 26 pitches in 1 inning. Korea made a 22-2 score by more than 15 points up to the 5th inning and decorated the victory with a cold game. Although they failed to advance to the quarterfinals, they finished with 2 wins and 2 losses and 3rd place in Group B.
Won Tae-in’s expression was dark as he came down from the mound. He seemed dissatisfied with his pitching. It was worth it. He was shaking more than usual. He allowed consecutive hits to Liang Fei and Yang Jin in the first inning, putting the first and third bases in danger. He struck out the follow-up Yusuke Masago and Chun Chun, turning them back. He then gave up a straight walk to Zhang Baosu, and the bases were loaded with two outs. He allowed 2 RBIs and timely hits to Chao Jie and allowed 2 runs. He finished the pitch after striking out the follow-up Kou Yongkang.안전놀이터
It was at this point that he lost his strength. Won Tae-in has thrown the most balls among the national team pitchers. On the 7th, he pitched in relief in an official practice match against the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan. He recorded 27 pitches in 2 innings, 2 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and no run. On the 9th, he pitched in relief in the first game of the tournament against Australia. He pitched 26 pitches in 1⅓ innings, walked 1, struck out 1 and gave up no runs.
On the 10th, he pitched in relief against Japan. He gave up 2 hits (1 home run), 1 strikeout and 1 run in 2 innings, and made 29 pitches. And that day, he sortied as a starting pitcher against China. During the week he threw 108 pitches in four games. Won Tae-in, who has been in the starting rotation since his professional debut in 2019, did his best in the middle pitch to fulfill the responsibility of the Taegeuk mark.
On the 27th of last month, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Won Tae-in, who played bullpen pitching in the national team’s field training, had a face full of worries. He said he was struggling to find a solution because the pitch was not going his way. The next day, the 28th, he pitched again in the bullpen before heading home. He smiled as if he had quickly found a way. From the start of the competition to the day it ended, Won Tae-in must have been thinking and working hard. WBC’s Won Tae-in did his best.