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03/06/2006 Archived Entry: "Japanese Baseball News: WBC"

Japanese Baseball News: WBC

Japanese Baseball News

Japanese Baseball News: WBC
By Glenn Davies,Tokyo.

    Japan vs. South Korea- March 5th 2006.
Japan starter Shunsuke Watanabe looked sharp early and Japan took an early lead when Nobuhiko Matsunaka singled in a run in the first. But by the 5th inning the pitch count was getting up as Watanabe gave up a run and hit his second and third batters of the game before coming out.
Japan led 2-1 until Lee Seung Yeop stepped to the plate in the eigth and smashed a two-run homer leading Korea to a 3-2 victory and secured them Asiafs No. 1 seed for Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic, which begins in Anaheim on March 12.

Previous Games: WBC
By Glenn Davies,Tokyo.

    Japan vs Taiwan- March 4th 2006
Japan beat Taiwan 14-3 on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome. Hitoshi Tamura continued his strong hitting performance against China with his second HR, a 2-run shot in the 1st. Daisuke Matsunaka pitched well, although he gave up a number of balks, for the win.

Japan vs China- March 3rd 2006
Japan beat China 18-2. China showed some promise with a two-run home run from catcher
Wang Wei in the bottom of the fourth but then it was all Japan. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Kosuke Fukudome and Hitoshi Tamura hitting homers in a 15 hits 18 run called game.

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