Chinese Taipei in driver’s seat after win over Dutch
Combined one-hitter has manager Hsieh thinking three-game sweep of Pool B
TAICHUNG, Taiwan — Chinese Taipei emerged as the group leader with two wins in Pool B after it defeated the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 8-3, allowing only one hit in Sunday’s 2013 World Baseball Classic first-round game.
Up next, Chinese Taipei will face Korea and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will play Australia. The top-two teams from the group will advance to Tokyo to play along with Pool A’s top two in the second round beginning March 6.
Chinese Taipei manager Chang-Heng Hsieh (謝長亨) showed ambitions to not only advance, but to win the group outright as well.
“We have won two games now. Although this is not a guarantee yet that we can go to Tokyo, we now stand good chances,” he said. “I want to be at our best to play against Korea [on Tuesday] and get three wins in the first round.”
Surely we have to defeat the perennial rival Korea! Let’s Go Team Taiwan! Let’s go to Tokyo and AT&T Park! XD~