In a game with nothing at stake but bragging rights, Mexico walked away with a 7-3 win vs team Samurai Japan. In the Tokyo Dome the Mexicans fielded a team of mainly AAA players. For a long time the game was rather close as Japan stayed within a two run distance most of the game but eventually the Mexicans had a three run ninth for a rather flattered win.
Japan took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Hayato Sakamoto scored on a bases loaded walk given up by Jose Oyervidez. But in the top of the fourth inning Mexico would tie the game. With runners on the corners, Alex Verdugo hit a 1-3 ground out on which Jesse Castillo scored the game tying run.
After both teams scored a run in the fifth inning (Mexico on a solo shot hit by Esteban Quiros), Mexico scored two runs in the sixth for a decisive lead.
Japan scored another run in the bottom of the eighth before Japan dealt the decisive blow in the ninth. With runners on the corners, Ramiro Pena singled home Sebastian Valle. A bases loaded hit by pitch and a bases loaded single drove in two more runs for Mexico.
After Oliver Perez recorded the first out of the ninth, he was replaced by Jacob Sanchez who retired the two batters that he faced.
Rafael Martin earned the win. In 1.1 innings he faced five batters and gave up one hit.
Kodai Senga took the loss for Japan as he gave up three runs (two earned) in three innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Best hitter for Mexico was Ramiro Pena, who went 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Tomorrow the second match between the two countries will be played. On Saturday and Sunday, Samurai Japan will face team Kingdom of the Netherlands with Jurickson Profar in their ranks.