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After five nine-inning games, Japan and Korea remain tied in this tournament. They'll play until someone wins.

Yong-Kyu Lee movs to left. Jong Wook Lee is in center. Taek-Keun Lee is at first base.

Chang Yong Lim is still on the mound for Korea.

Seiichi Uchikawa leads off with an opposite-field single. Atsunori Inaba then bunts him to second.

Akinori Iwamura takes a 93 mph fastball at the knees for strike one. Another drifts outside for ball one. Iwamura singles to left, but Yong-Kyu Lee was playing shallow and holds Uchikawa at third.

Runners on the corners, one out.

Korea's pitching coach visits the mound. Tatsunori Hara sends up Munenori Kawasaki to pinch-hit for Yasuyuki Kataoka. Might we see a squeeze bunt here?

Korea plays the infield corners in and the middle infielders even with the second-base bag.

Kawasaki pops behind third on the first pitch. Two outs.

Now it's Ichiro Suzuki with the go-ahead run 90 feet away and two out in the tenth inning.

First pitch is ball one outside.

Lim comes set and steps off to check the runners.

A fastball with great movement is inside at the knees for strike one as Ichiro jumps backwards. Iwamura took second on that pitch, opening first base for Suzuki.

Lim keeps after Ichiro, who fouls off an outside pitch to fall behind 1-2.

Min-ho Kang calls for a pitch outside, but it drifts back, but low, and Ichiro fouls it away. I doubt Lim will purposely throw Suzuki another strike in this at-bat.

Ichiro fouls off a pitch that appeared to bounce in front of the plate.

Kang calls for a pitch up and Suzuki fouls off that one, too. That's four straight fouls. Count still 1-2.

Fastball way outside makes it even at 2-2.

On the eighth pitch, Ichiro singles up the middle. Both runners score as Ichiro takes second base on the throw home.

 

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