Sunday, September 28, 2014

Asian Games Final Day Results - Korean Beats Taiwan for the Gold, Japan Wins Bronze

Game 15: Japan 10, China 0 - 7 Innings Boxscore

After putting up a good fight with Korea yesterday, China didn't have anything left in the tank as they go home without the bronze medal. YANG Haifan who was probably the best pitcher for China in the series, started off with 3 scoreless innings against the Japanese, but ran out of steam in the 4th inning. Like usual, the bullpen couldn't limit the damage and blew the game wipe open. The hitters lacked recognition of good breaking balls, and the pitchers located their pitches poorly.

Game 16: Korea 6, Chinese Taipei 3 Boxscore

Anyone remember the upsetting loss for Taiwan against Japan in WBC 13? It happened again as the bullpen blew the lead for Taiwan, preventing them from glory against Korea. They were leading 3-2 until Korea scored 4 runs in the 8th inning to seal the deal. It would be more upsetting if Korea didn't win, but it was a great intense game for the fans. Now that Korea has won the gold, the whole team doesn't have to serve mandatory military service! Hooray! 

Well, that's it! It was a fun week covering the 2014 Asian Games baseball tournament. Here's the final ranking of the tournament:

Teams
Wins
Losses
Runs Scored
Runs Allowed
Korea  - Gold
5
0
50
5
Taiwan - Silver
3
2
38
21
Japan - Bronze
4
1
55
11
China
2
3
23
28
Pakistan
1
2
26
15
Thailand
1
2
14
35
Hong Kong
0
3
7
37
Mongolia
0
3
0
61

Anyway, more China Baseball League news to come, which I'll update in the coming week. Also, thank you for the views, the blog has generated a decent amount of traffic due to the Asian Games coverage. Have a great day! 再見 and 謝謝!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Asian Games Day 5 Results - Korea beats China to Reach Finals, Taiwan Stomps Japan!

Game 13: Chinese Taipei 10, Japan 4 Boxscore

After being shutout by Korea, Taiwan came back to beat Japan to advance to the championship game. They scored a total of 10 runs in the first 3 innings and never looked back. KUO Yen Wen hit a 3 run blast in the second inning and CHIANG Chih Hsien went 3-5 with 2 runs scored. Taiwan needs their minor league players to step up tomorrow to compete with Korea. It'll either be a very competitive match or a walk in the park for Korea if they don't have pitching again. Anyway, Go Taiwan!!

Game 14: Korea 7, China 2 Boxscore

For a second I thought China had a legitimate chance of beating Korea(maybe not). They tied the game on two separate occasions until the pitching fell apart in the 5th. Li Xin didn't make it past 2 innings again but the the hitters made the Korean pitchers work today. If you were able to watch the game, it was a great effort by the Chinese players. Yeah, a loss is a loss, but it meant a lot to the players that they kept up with the Koreans. Perhaps people will come out to support them for the return of China Baseball League (I hope).

Tomorrow will be the last two games of the tournament:
Game 15: Japan Vs. China 12:30 PM KST Bronze Medal Game
Game 16: Korea Vs. Chinese Taipei 6:30 PM KST Gold Medal Game

Anyway, The CBL released their schedule for this year. I will work on the translation and details of the league after tomorrow's championship game. Take care and bye bye!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Asian Games Day 4 Results - China Beats Pakistan to Advance

Game 10: Japan 21, Mongolia 0 - 5 Innings Boxscore

As expected, the Japanese came away with the victory by totally embarrassing an under developed team. On the other hand, Mongolia will go home with 2 hits! I don't know how serious the state of baseball is in Mongolia, but it really sucks being completely over-matched in every tournament. I mean, they once conquered the world right? Can conquer baseball too!

Game 11: China 6, Pakistan 0 Boxscore 

Pakistan put on a great display of baseball this tournament, but was eliminated today by China. It was a close game until China put up 3 unanswered runs in the bottom of the 7th Inning. The 20 year YANG Haifan dominated today by pitching 6 innings of shutout ball with 8 strikeouts. China will advance to the semi finals to face Korea on Saturday. Just don't lose by 20... 

Game 12: Korea 12, Hong Kong 0 - 7 Innings Boxscore

Nothing to see here...another lopsided victory for Korea as they beat Hong Kong to stay undefeated throughout the tournament. Hong Kong, like Mongolia, was completely over matched in the tournament. Maybe Vance Worley of the Pittsburgh Pirates can come train some kids to play baseball when he's done with the postseason. His mom is from Hong Kong!

Here's the final standing for the preliminary round:

Group A
W
L
Japan 
3
0
China
2
1
Pakistan
1
2
Mongolia
0
3

Group B
W
L
Korea
3
0
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
2
1
Thailand
1
2
Hong Kong
0
3

The semi finals will be on Saturday 9/27:
Chinese Taipei Vs. Japan 12:30 PM KST
China Vs. Korea 6:30 PM KST

Anyway, there's a lot going on in the baseball world, so don't worry about tomorrow's day off. It'll be Derek Jeter's last day as a player in Yankee Stadium today. Be sure to tune in and watch. Thanks for reading and 再見!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

China Baseball League to Restart This October! Baseball in Olympics! Asian Games Day 3 Results!

BREAKING NEWS!!

It was announced today that the China Baseball League will return this year October 18! The league was initially suppose to start in May and then it got postponed the second time in July. I guess the third time's a charm. 


(Official announcement from their Weibo Account)


There hasn't been any update about the schedule or how many games will be played, but only four teams will play this season. Perhaps it's going to go with a winter league format. I'm also not sure about the Asia Series this year, it seems to be canceled because of the broadcasting dispute that happened in Taiwan. They don't want to host anymore because of the financial problem the CPBL is this year. I need to look it up and validate. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the start of CBL. It's been three long years since they played a professional game in China. Hang on tight, because Chinese baseball is finally coming! (Hopefully...)

There's also news about the possibility of baseball and softball coming back to the Olympics in 2020. Something about the adoption of a flexible approach. I'm not going to get into detail about it, but you can read it here from USATODAY

Lastly, here are the results for the 3rd day of baseball of the Asian Games. 

Game 7: Thailand 13, Hong Kong 7 Boxscore

Hong Kong put up a good fight against Thailand today. They were leading after the third inning, but things got out of hand after. Lead off hitter DARU Joseph Matthew went 2-3 with 3 RBIs and KONGSABAI Teerasak went 3-4 with 3 RBIs. It doesn't look like Hong Kong will walk away with any victory this year. Thailand has finished the tournament with 1 win and 2 losses. Hoping for better things to come in Thailand baseball!

Game 8: Korea 10, Chinese Taipei 0 - 8 Innings Boxscore

Well I have to admit that I was dead wrong about Taiwan. They got slaughtered and embarrassed by Korea. Chicago Cubs Prospect WANG Yao Lin didn't even survive the first inning and gave up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched. The Korean bash brothers went a total of 4-9 with 4 runs and 4 RBIs. Considering all that, Taiwan still has a chance against Korea if they reach the finals. Korea will finish the preliminary round against Hong Kong tomorrow and fireworks(not literally) will be displayed. Speaking of fireworks....

Game 9: Pakistan 25, Mongolia 0 - 5 Innings Boxscore

Same story, different day. Mongolia got no hit again and didn't survive for the full game. Pakistan first basemen KHAN Khurram Raza went 4-4 with 4 RBIs and center fielder ZAWAR Muhammad Sumair went 2-2 with 5 runs.The starting pitcher SARDAR Adil also pitched the complete game no hitter with 8 strikeouts. It's also sad to say that Mongolia won't be walking (or limping) away with a victory this year or even a base hit! Pakistan will be facing China tomorrow for the runner up semi finals qualifying spot.

Anyway, there you have it. CBL is back and China vs. Pakistan tomorrow. 加油 and 再見!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Asian Games Day 2 Results

Game 4: China 15, Mongolia 0 - 5 Innings Boxscore

After being shut out by Japan yesterday, China released their frustration by crushing Mongolia. They scored 15 runs and pitched a no-hitter! DASHZEVEG Munkhbat gave up 10 walks and 7 earned runs in 3 innings against the Chinese. He was also batting second which shows you how uneven the match up was. Chinese left fielder Shin Yi Yang went 2-3 with 4 RBIs and shortstop Lu Yi also went 2-3 with 3 RBIs. Six pitchers gave up a total of 1 walk and 12 strikeouts. Total domination today for team China, but the real challenge will be against Pakistan on Thursday.

Game 5: Japan 9, Pakistan 1 Boxscore

You know what?! Not only did Pakistan played a full 9 inning game against Japan, they also scored first and had an inning lead! But it was a slippery slope after the first inning as they gave up at least a run every inning. ZAWAR Muhammad Sumair was the star of the game for Pakistan, as he went 2-4 with a run scored. On the Japanese side, MORIYASU Reo pitched 4 innings giving up only a run with 8 strikeouts. You got to give it to Pakistan for keeping it together(somewhat!) against Japan. They'll face Mongolia tomorrow (praying for Mongolia).

Game 6: Chinese Taipei 13, Thailand 1 - 7 Innings Boxscore

Taiwan continues their reign of terror against lower tier teams. They stomped Thailand by scoring all 13 runs in the first two innings. Thailand did a good job shutting out their offense by putting up zeros in the next four innings. Good effort by NADEE Siraphop, who stopped most of the bleeding by giving up 1 earned run in 3.1 innings of relief. Chicago Cubs prospect Pin Chieh Chen stays hot by going 3-4 with 2 RBIs and Baltimore Orioles prospect Chih Hsien Chiang went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. 22 year old Chun Lin Kuo with 4 innings giving up an earned run with 6 strikeouts.


Two days of baseball and it's already almost over. I'm looking forward to the Taiwan vs. Korea match. We'll get to see how good the talent pool is in both countries. Japan is already qualified for the semi final, so they can relax a bit. Anyway, more baseball to come tomorrow! Have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Asian Games Day 1 Results

Game 1: Chinese Taipei 12, Hong Kong 0 - 7 Innings Boxscore

No surprise here. The Taiwanese did not hold back, as they knocked Hong Kong around with 12 runs. Chicago Cubs prospect Pin-Chieh Chen went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jinde Jhang also went 1-4 with an RBI. Hong Kong never had a chance, they need pitching talent if they ever want to climb in the ranks. 

Game 2: Japan 11, China 0 - 7 Innings Boxscore

What a rough night for Team China. LHP Li Xin couldn't handle the Japanese as they scored 6 runs off of him in 1.2 innings pitched. RHP Yang Haifan came in and held the Japanese to one run in 2.1 innings pitched allowing just 3 hits and a strikeout. Great effort by the 20 year old. But the offense couldn't get anything going and managed just 5 hits against four different pitchers. The game was called after the 7th due to no-mercy rule. 

The Chinese must win the next two games to reach the semi finals. They shouldn't have a problem against Mongolian tomorrow, but Pakistan will be an interesting team. 

Game 3: Korea 15, Thailand 0 - 5 Innings Boxscore

Meanwhile, the Koreans showing what best Korea is all about. They pummeled Thailand in the first by scoring 8 runs and knocked them out after 5 innings. Homerun sensation Byung Ho Park went 2-4 and Jyun Ho Kang went 1-3 with 2 RBIs. Korean ace Kwang Hyun Kim pitched 2 innings of shutout ball with 4 strikeout. He is slated to pitch the championship game if(when) the Koreans reach the championship final. 


Well...it was an underwhelming first day. Not only did all the underdogs lose, but they literally got destroyed by their opponents. China will get it's redemption and get to the semi finals to upset whoever they face!! Anyway, more updates to come!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Team China in Korea, Let the Games Begin!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

China will start things off tomorrow against Japan at 6:30 PM. Since I live in the States, I don't have any idea where they are streaming the baseball games. I'll try and update if I find anything. Anyway, good luck to China!

Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the team in Incheon getting ready for the tournament. You can check out more pictures here and here taken by the players in the tournament. 




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roster Update, Hong Kong Women's Baseball Team

Just a few update before the Asian Games. Here's the final roster for Team China. Only a couple of minor changes, but not too far part from the previous roster posted.

Here's an article about Iran and Philippines' withdrawal from the tournament. Apparently, Iran didn't have enough players to join the tournament, and the Philippines couldn't decide which players to be on the national team. I guess baseball isn't that important to them. Oh well...

Anyway, here's a heartwarming clip about Hong Kong women's baseball team. It shows you their dedication and struggle keeping up with the sport. They deserve some appreciation and support! Enjoy!

OH! and here's a banner my friend made me for my imaginary amateur baseball team. Ninjelephants!

© ChineseBanqiu

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

China Eliminated from the BFA U18 Asian Championship

Team China was eliminated from the BFA(Baseball Federation of Asia) U18 Asian Championship by losing to Japan today. By losing, I mean getting shutout 11-0 and no-hit. They kept the Japanese scoreless for the first two innings, but the rest was history. In fairness, there isn’t a lot of depth in China baseball, so they deserve a little credit for shutting out the Japanese early in the game! They also lost to the Philippines yesterday, so there was practically no chance of advancing to the semi finals.

The tournament, which is being played in Thailand, will finish September 6th. I will update the remaining results once the tournament is over. Here are the results and remaining schedule.

Also, 37 years ago today, Sadaharu Oh 王貞治 smacked his 756th home run which broke Hank Aaron’s record for the most of all time in professional baseball. He would finish his career with 868, which still hasn't been broken yet. If you didn't know, Oh is actually part Chinese and a citizen of Republic of China (Taiwan). Originally from Zhejiang Province, his father moved to Japan in the 1920s and married his mother there. Today, he is the chairman of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks after retiring as a manager in 2008. Here’s to Oh and his Legacy! Thank you!


Update 9/7: Japan defeated Korea 2:1 for the U18 Asian Championship. Taiwan finished 3rd beating Philippines 18:1. Same results, nothing new.

Also, here's an article about Chen Xinjie, the kid who won the MLB reality show in China. He fell in love with baseball watching the Japanese anime "Major"(Randy Johnson is in it!). And his favorite player is none other than Derek Jeter. He's going to train at the Wuxi MLB development academy after the American baseball tour. Good luck to Chen and I hope he'll reach the show one day!