Sept. 22, 2000
Copy by John Manuel, Baseball America
Korea 2, Netherlands 0
Korea kept its slim medal hopes alive with a 2-0 win against the upstart Pat Murphy led Dutch at Blacktown Ballpark in Sydney, creating a three-way tie among itself, the Netherlands and Australia for the fourth spot in the medal round at 2-3 with two games remaining.
Korea will grab that berth if it can beat archrival Japan and creampuff South Africa, providing that Australia loses to either Italy or South Africa. The Netherlands have the easiest schedule remaining with games against Italy and South Africa, though the Dutch need Korea to lose a game.
If all three teams finish tied for the fourth spot, the tiebreaker becomes fewest runs allowed in the tournament. Through five games, Korea has given up 17, Australia 21 and the Netherlands 24.
Korean righthander Seok-Jin Park picked up the must-win with eight shutout innings against the Dutch, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Righty Chang-Yong Lim finished up for the save.
The Netherlands lost some of the momentum it had gained with its shocking Wednesday upset of Cuba by giving up two first-inning runs, and the Dutch never recovered. Left fielder Byung-Kyu Lee--described by one scout here as a Korean Devon White and rated as an 8 runner on the 2-to-8 scouting scale--legged out a double off lefthander Jurriaan Lobbezzoo to lead off the game. He scored on Jong-Ho Park's single. Jae-Hong Park hit into a force play, moved up on a hit by Dong-Joo Kim and scored on Ki-Tai Kim's single.
First baseman Percy Isenia and shortstop Robert Eenhoorn had the only hits for the Netherlands.