Kunwoo Park and Ha-Seong Kim hit grand slams in consecutive innings, and South Korea set a World Baseball Classic scoring record with a 22-2 rout over China on Monday night in a game between already eliminated teams.
South Korea broke the runs record that had stood since Japan beat China 18-2 in the first round of the initial WBC in 2006.
In the earlier Group B game, Australia defeated the Czech Republic 8-3 and reached a quarterfinal against Cuba on Wednesday. Japan plays Italy the following day in the second quarterfinal.
In Group D, the Dominican Republic beat Nicaragua 6-1.
South Korea (2-2) finished third in Group B and failed to advance past the first round for the third straight WBC. The South Koreans finished third in the initial tournament in 2006 and were runner-up in 2009.
China (0-4) has never advanced past the first round. The last-place finish in the group means it will have to go through qualifying to reach the 2026 tournament.
The South Koreans took a 4-2 lead with a two-run second, then broke open the game with eight runs in the third, six in the fourth and four in the fifth. The game was stopped after five innings under the tournament's mercy rule, which calls for games to end if a team leads by 15 runs after five innings or by 10 runs after seven.
Park had five RBIs, San Diego Padres infielder Ha-Seong Kim had four, and Hyseong Kim and Jung Hoo Lee three each for South Korea, which outhit China 20-4. Park hit his slam in the fourth off Hailong Sun and Ha-Seong Kim hit his in the fifth against Changlong Su.
Winner Hyeong Jun So entered to start the second inning and retired nine straight batters.
Loser Alan Carter, a Los Angeles Angels minor leaguer, allowed four runs, four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
BRITAIN 7, COLOMBIA 5
PHOENIX - Jaden Rudd hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning, Harry Ford added a solo homer and Britain won its first game of the WBC.
Graham Spraker got the win by pitching 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Ian Gibaut earned the save. Colombia's Yapson Gomez - who gave up Rudd's double in the fifth - took the loss.
Dayan Frias had two hits and two RBIs for Colombia, which fell to 1-1 for the tournament. Britain improved to 1-2.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6, NICARAGUA 1
MIAMI - San Diego Padres stars Juan Soto and Manny Machado homered, and the Dominican Republic picked up its first win of WBC pool play.
Rafael Devers hit a two-out RBI double in the first against Nicaragua starter JC Ramirez, driving in Soto for a 1-0 lead. Eloy Jimenez's single in the second scored Soto again and gave the Dominicans a 2-0 lead.
Winner Cristian Javier only allowed two hits and struck out four in four innings.
The Dominican Republic (1-1) doubled its lead in the fourth when Francisco Mejia singled off Fidencio Flores on a grounder to score Willy Adames, then Julio Rodriguez singled to left field to drive in Jeimer Candelario.
Soto blasted a shot to right field off Junior Tellez to make it 5-0 in the fifth, and Machado tagged Tellez in the next inning with a fly ball to right center field.
Soto accounted for three runs and an RBI. Machado added an RBI and had a double in the ninth.
Nicaragua (0-3) made it 6-1 in the eighth after Elian Miranda's bases-loaded RBI single. Ramirez took the loss.
AUSTRALIA 8, CZECH REPUBLIC 3
TOKYO - Milwaukee Brewers prospect Alex Hall had four RBIs as Australia (3-1) advanced past the first round for the first time in five WBC appearances, finishing second in the group behind Japan (4-0). The Czechs (1-3) finished fourth.
Logan Wade hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off the right-field wall in the seventh off loser Marek Minarik, driving in Robbie Glendinning and Aaron Whitefield for a 3-1 lead.
Hall's homered in the first, the only hit off Martin Schneider in 5 1/3 innings. Schneider was pulled after 68 pitches, having reached the limit.
Eric Sogard had a tying RBI single in the third off Mitch Neunborn that scored Petr Zyma. Hall hit a two-run triple in the eighth and a run-scoring grounder in the ninth.
Marek Chlup had a two-run single in the eighth for the Czechs.© Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
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Wow - 22-2!
Years ago in the WBC and Olympics there was something called the "mercy rule" - essentially a gentleman's agreement to call off a game when the winning team was up by ~ 10 runs. The aim was to not humiliate the losing team, so as interest can still be maintained in their nation in baseball.
I think the "mercy rule" should be reinstated.
It was a pretty sad scene. The stadium was extremely empty. And the chinese team completely lost interest in even putting up a decent fight. Their manager just kept looking at the match extremely bored like he wanted to be somewhere else. No tactics or a decent strategy. Just let the players do their thing and get it over with
Fighto! There is a mercy rule. If you're up by 15 after the 5th or 10 after the 7th. This game ended in the 5th. That's only in the qualifying rounds though.
Wow! That was a kill. I guess there is no Mercy rule in this competition, unlike little league. Congrats to South Korea!
China was in it right up until the beginning, lol.
Maybe this will take a bit of the sting out of Kera getting slapped around like a rented mule by Japan?
Sorry. My bad for not reading the article thoroughly. My apologies.
Wow... 22 to 2. Japan only one by 10-2 against China, didn't they? So I guess that makes Korea the better team, by some posters' logic.
Korea should have played like this against Australia and they would be the ones going to the quarterfinals. China may be bad every time they play in any baseball tournament but they are definitely winners in the Best Cap and Jersey competition.
Japan beat China 8-1, not 10-2.
Which poster has used that logic? Japan finished with a 4-0 record, Korea with a 2-2 record.
At the start of this game everyone knew it had no meaning. China was already going to be in last place and Korea already in third. Basically no reason to play except Koreans getting their frustration out.
Thank goodness the mercy rule stopped this after five innings
Japan vs Italy on Thursday!
Excellent, well done South Korea !!..