YOKOHAMA, Japan-Hyun Soo Kim slammed a two-point ball over Jeremy Bleich, helping South Korea crush Israel 11-1 on Monday during the baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
Soo grabbed South Korea’s seven-round fifth round with a home run against Bleich. Bleich retired from baseball in 2019 and now works for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ analytical department.
After two strikeouts in the seventh round, Soo hit his second double of the match. He finished after a single from Hye-seong Kim, and ended the duel due to the rule of Olympic points difference.
South Korea (3-1), who placed 18 balls in a safe place, will now face either the United States or Japan for a place in the gold medal game.
Israel (1-3) will play a playoff game against the Dominican Republic (1-2) on Tuesday.
Ji-hwan Oh hit a two-run long ball in the second half when South Korea took a 3-0 lead. Baek-ho Kang had four hits.
The South Korean starter Min-woo Kim allowed two hits and a trip in four one-third rounds of work. In relief, Won-joon Choi went twice and hit a batter, pushing an Israeli home to close the lead to 3-1 in the fifth.
Sang-woo Cho (1-0) pulled Ryan Lavarnway to end the set, and he recorded the victory.
South Korea opened the valves at the end of the fifth round, at the expense of Alex Katz. The latter allowed six races, of which five were earned, in a third of a round.
Joey Wagman (0-2) met 22 opponents and allowed three runs, 10 hits and three rounds in three and two-thirds rounds for Israel.
The Canadian Press