|Japan beats South Korea 4-3 in Asian qualifying tournament|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 02 December 2007 09:43|
Japanese pitchers Yoshihisa Naurse, Kenshin Kawakami, Hitoki Iwase and Koji Uehara gave up three runs on six hits as Japan held off a talented South Korean squad in a game that lasted nearly four hours.
Shinnosuke Abe knocked in a key run in the third and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, while Tokyo Giants teammate Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Young-min Ko homered in the first to give South Korea an early lead and scored two runs, but his misplayed grounder in the second inning gave Japan a run, putting the Japanese ahead 2-1 - a lead they would not relinquish.