TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Kim Hyun-soo batted in two runs and starting pitcher Seung Song allowed just two hits over four innings Monday as South Korea blanked Australia 6-0 in Group B of the World Baseball Classic.
The win lifted the South Koreans to 1-1 in the group and set up a crucial game against host Taiwan on Tuesday. Australia fell to 0-2.
With a 2-0 record, the Taiwanese remain in a commanding position to advance to the next round in Tokyo. The Netherlands are also 1-1 after stunning South Korea, but must beat Australia on Tuesday.
South Korea put in a much-improved performance after an uncharacteristically sloppy display against the Dutch, when it made four errors and lost 5-0.