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Park Yechan walks it off, Korea beats Venezuela

29/07/2019

A walk-off home run by Park Yechan gave Korea a 6-5 win over Venezuela at the end of a thrilling game. Venezuela had managed to tie it in the fifth on a solo homer by Johan Fernandez and had stranded a runner at third in the top of the sixth.
Korea remains undefeated and solid at first place in group B. Venezuela is now 2-2 and may not have control over its chances to qualify for the super.

Venezuela used the first opportunity to get on the scoreboard against Korea’s starter Doo Dongyeon. Shortstop Kennew Blanco, catcher Yoneiker Lugo and DH Leonel Domingues loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles. On a grounder to shortstop by right fielder Reinaldo Sarmiento, Korea failed to complete what would have been an inning-ending double play and Blanco scored.

Doo Dongyeon led off against opposing starter Yeferson Gonzalez with a double off the fence in left-centre. Gonzalez walked the bases loaded and Korea tied the game on a chopper to shortstop by third baseman Lee Jaejun.

Blanco gave the lead back to Venezuela with a deep single to left-centre with two runners (defensive error, walk) on board.

Gonzalez got two quick outs in the bottom of the second. He then issued a walk and Doo Dongyeon got to him with a deep double to right that cut the gap. Venezuela called Eyden Salas from the bullpen, but the move didn’t stop Korea. Center fielder Lee Taeoh and Lee Jaejun hit back to back singles worth three more runs and put Korea ahead, 5-3.

Lefthander Na Hyunseo took over for Doo as Korea’s pitcher in the top of the third. Sarmiento welcomed him with a double to right, then advanced to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch.

Venezuela tied the game in the top of the fifth. First baseman Johan Fernandez fouled off the first pitch by Na, then sent the following over the center field fence for a solo home run.

Lee Jaejun stepped to the mound in the top of the sixth. With one out, pinch hitter Jean Blanco smashed his fourth pitch off the wall in left field. The ball reached the fence so quickly, that Blanco couldn’t advance beyond first. This helped Korea maintain the tie, as Jean Blanco was at third when Korea got the third out.

Jean Blanco’s swing in the sixth

Korea won it in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Park Yechan drove the fourth offering by Salas over the fence in right center for a walk-off home run.