After yesterday’s loss vs Mexico, team Samurai Japan had to settle a score. They did in a very convincing way as they beat Mexico 11-4 in quite a lopsided game.
After the Japanese had taken a 2-0 lead, Mexico got on the board in the bottom of the second inning as the central Americans scored a run. After Japan scored another run in the third, Mexico tied the game at three when they scored two runs in the fourth inning. But in the fifth, Japan scored two more and from there the Mexican defense collapsed and Japan walked away to the 11-4 victory.
In the seventh ining both teams scored some more runs but the one run that Mexico scored on Timothy Torres’ single to left field did not really help their cause. Japan scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning when Shogo Akiyama drove in Seiya Suzuki with a double to left field, Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in Akiyama on a single down the third base line and on a single by Seichi Uchikawa who drove in Tetsuto Yamada.
Even MLB pitcher Sergio Romo could not stop the Japanese offense as he gave up two runs on two hits (one homerun by Akira Nakamura). The most runs were allowed by starting pitcher Hector Daniel Rodriguez, who gave up four on five hits and four walks and who took the loss for Mexico.
The Japanese pitching was much more in control. Despite giving up three runs, starting pitcher Yusuke Nomura took the win after four innings of work according to the stats.
Shogo Akiyama went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs (one with a bases loaded walk).
As stated yesterday already , Japan will take on Kingdom of the Netherlands on Saturday and Sunday. The games will be streamed through the youtube channel of the WBSC.