So it all comes down to this. Japan holds a slim one-run lead and will have to get through the heart of the Korean order to repeat as WBC champions. Jin Young Lee, Hyun-Soo Kim, and tournament hitting star Tae Kyun Kim are the scheduled batters. There's no margin of error for Japan.
Lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi warmed up for the inning, perhaps to draw a pinch-hitter, but Tatsunori Hara calls on righty ace Yu Darvish before the inning begins.