9:00 PM ET, March 21, 2009
|W:||S. Yoon (2-0)|
|L:||C. Silva (1-1)|
South Korea reaches World Baseball Classic final
LOS ANGELES -- Who says big leaguers are baseball's best players?South Korea has only one player in the majors compared to Venezuela's 22, but the reigning Olympic champions will be playing in the World Baseball Classic finals after sending the Venezuelans home.Cleveland Indians outfielder Choo Shin-Soo hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run first, Yoon Suk-Min allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings, and South Korea beat mistake-prone Venezuela 10-2 Saturday night at Dodger Stadium before an enthusiastic crowd of 43,378 that included Commissioner Bud Selig."As a major leaguer myself, in terms of the actual players in the major leagues and the other players, there is not a great deal of difference," Choo said through a translator. "All the Korean players are excellent. I believe there is no major difference between the major leagues and our Korean players."Our Korean players, I hope, will be able to advance to the major leagues in great number, and I hope they will do so in the future."
• South Korea scored seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to the win, advancing to the WBC final for the first time.
• Hyun Soo Kim and Tae Kyun Kim combined to go 5-for-7 with three RBI to lead the Korean offense. Tae Kyun Kim now has 11 RBI at this year's WBC, surpassing the single-tournament record of 10 RBI set by Ken Griffey Jr (USA) and Seung Yeop Lee (KOR) in 2006.
• Venezuela committed five errors in the game, setting the single-game WBC record for most errors by a team.
• South Korea, which finished third at the 2006 WBC and first at the 2008 Olympics, will play the winner of the USA-Japan game (Sun. 8 ET, ESPN) in the final on Monday night (9 ET, ESPN).
-- ESPN research
|1st||H Kim singled to left, Y Lee scored, K Jeong to second.||1||0|
|1st||D Lee grounded out to pitcher, K Jeong scored, H Kim to third, T Kim to second.||2||0|
|1st||S Choo homered to center, H Kim and T Kim scored.||5||0|
|2nd||T Kim homered to left, H Kim scored.||7||0|
|3rd||M Mora singled to left, M Scutaro scored, E Chavez to second.||7||1|
|4th||Y Ko scored, H Kim safe at second on error by first baseman M Cabrera.||8||1|
|6th||D Lee singled to right, Jo Lee scored, T Kim to second.||9||1|
|6th||J Choi hit sacrifice fly to center, T Kim scored, Ji Lee to third, S Choo to second on error by catcher R Hernandez.||10||1|
|7th||C Guillen homered to right.||10||2|
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|Weather:||62 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Willie Rodriguez, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Paul Hyham|