Chinese Taipei fell to China, 4-1, and was eliminated from the 2009 World Baseball Classic on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome.
Right-fielder Jin Young Lee belted a grand slam to cap a six-run first inning and propel Team Korea to a 9-0 win over Chinese Taipei in World Baseball Classic Pool A action on Friday night at Tokyo Dome.
A propensity for late draft picks has required the Red Sox to go "outside the box" to find talent. Two such prospects are on the Chinese Taipei provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.
Changes are being made to the 2009 World Baseball Classic from its '06 debut. One of the biggest is the format of the first round, which will feature a double-elimination format, as opposed to a round robin. The semifinals and finals will be held at Dodger Stadium.
Most were not sure what to expect at the outset of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, but at the end of the tournament, even the most hardcore skeptics had to admit its overwhelming success.
Chinese Taipei third baseman Yung Chi Chen hit a grand slam in the fourth inning off China's Xu Zheng, propelling Chinese Taipei to a 12-3 win over China on Sunday at Tokyo Dome, wrapping up Classic play for both teams.
All that remains for Chinese Taipei in the inaugural World Baseball Classic is the opportunity to make their most bitter rivals in sports -- and politics -- feel worse than they do.
Chinese Taipei stranded four of the five runners it had in the first two innings and eventually dropped a 14-3 decision to Japan at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The game was halted after seven innings because of the 10-run "mercy" rule, as Chinese Taipei fell to 0-2 in the Classic.