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03/21/2006 Archived Entry: "Japan Win the World Baseball Classic !!"

Japan Win the World Baseball Classic !!

World Baseball Classic:JAPAN WIN !!

By Glenn Davies

    Japan win it! Japan win it!  Japan brings home the inaugural World Baseball Classic championship with a10-6  win against Cuba. Japan came out swinging and scored four in the top of the first on two bases loaded walks by Ormari Romero and a 2-run single by Toshiaki Imae. Cuba responded in the bottom of the inning with an Eduardo Paret homer to make it 4-1.Ichiro doubled in the fifth and was knocked in by Tamura later in the inning making it 5-1. Ogasawara's sacrifice later in the inning made it 6-1 and things looked rather grim for Cuba. However, Cuba rallied in the bottom of the 6th with two runs making a game of it at 6-3...then in the eight reliever Soichi Fujita gave up a 2-run homer to Frederich Cepeda making it 6-5. Otsuka came in and got Japan out of the inning. Japan took control again in the ninth by again getting runners on and pressuring the Cuba infield. Ichiro drove in a run and Fukudome pinch-hit a single to score 2 more for Japan, then another Ogasawara sacrifice to make it 10-5.Otsuka came back on for the ninth and gave
up one more run before striking out Gourriel for the win.


Japanese Baseball News: Pre-Season Play

By Glenn Davies

Eagles 18,Seibu 12

   Rakuten won for the 5th time this pre-season out of 16 games in a rare slugfest against Seibu. Jose Fernandez hit a solo shot and Tsuchiya knocked in 3 on 4 hits. Lions outfielder and former Phillies minor leaguer G.G. Sato hit his 4th homer of the spring and may make the regular lineup for the first time in his career in Japan. Sato hit .214 2HR 3RBI in 56 at bats last season and has never hit more than 3 homers in a season since joining Seibu in 2004.Eagles star starter/reliever Ichiba was roughed up for 5 runs in one inning.

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