Xiaoxing covered in tarp, soaked to the skin…South Korea wins fourth straight baseball title, but will the rain get in the way?
It is still raining. The ground is covered with a tarp. Will the final be played in time?
South Korea’s baseball team, which is attempting to win its fourth consecutive Asian Games title, is set to face Chinese Taipei in the final of the Hangzhou Asian Games at the Xiaoxing Baseball Stadium near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, at 7 p.m. (local time) on Sunday.
It has been raining at Xiaoxing since the previous day. The final game of the Super Round between Japan and Chinese Taipei ended 2-0, with Japan winning in a rain delay in the sixth inning.
The drizzle continued this morning. It rained throughout the bronze medal match between Japan and China.
But the game went ahead. Japan won a hard-fought 4-3, one-run victory to take home the bronze medal. China, looking for its first podium finish in Asian Games baseball history, fell just short.
As of 5 p.m., the outdoor press box was covered in tarps.
A rain-soaked Xiaoxing Baseball Stadium. Reporter Kim Young-Rok
Despite the artificial turf, the field is drenched. The tarps covering each base and mound are filled with rainwater. There’s not much real-time precipitation, but it’s been falling all day.메이저사이트
Kwak Bin or Moon Dong-ju are expected to start for Korea, while Lin Yi-min, who pitched against Korea on the 2nd, will start for Chinese Taipei.
If the final is rained out today, it will be postponed to the morning of Myeongil. A KBO official said, “It is correct that the game should be played tomorrow morning. The time will be announced later.”
What happens if it rains by the morning of the 8th, or if the game cannot be played due to wet ground conditions? The gold and silver medals will be decided by a tiebreak rule.
South Korea and Chinese Taipei are tied at 2-1 in the Super Round, but Chinese Taipei has the winner-take-all advantage because they won the group stage earlier. South Korea will not play in the final and could end up with the silver medal.