Byung Ho Park bolstered his MLB credentials with a three-run homer in the fifth inning as South Korea routed the United States 8-0 Saturday to win the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament.
Hyun Soo Kim added to a 2-0 lead with a bases-loaded double to make it 4-0 and Park’s towering blast to the left field stands off U.S. reliever Brooks Pounders capped a five-run fifth.
“You can tell (Park) is a dangerous hitter,” Team USA manager Willie Randolph said. “We tried to execute a pitch and we couldn’t and he hurt us with a three-run homer. He’s a fine player.”
The Minnesota Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights to Park. The 29-year-old first baseman hit a total of 105 home runs over the past two seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. Read more