Lack of pitching depth cost Dutch the game

In the second game vs Samurai Japan (Japan's fourth game in as many days), the Kingdom of the Netherlands played a good game once again. The Dutch started well as they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Eventually the Dutch blew an 8-2 lead as their pitching collapsed in the top of the …

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Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to Samurai Japan in extra innings

In a festive atmosphere, like Japanese games always are, team Samurai Japan hosted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In what was the third game in as many days for the Japanese, the Dutch made Japan work hard for its money. The Dutch could not cling on to a four run lead but fought back to take …

Mexico no match for Samurai Japan in second friendly

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 …

Mexico pulls off surprising win vs Samurai Japan

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 …

Jurickson Profar joins Kingdom of the Netherlands in friendly matches vs Samurai Japan

Today the Dutch baseball federation came with a press release in which the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands was revealed. This team will face team Samurai Japan in a set of friendly matches. Biggest surprise is name of Jurickson Profar, the infielder from Curacao who is currently used as utility man by the …

Balentien and Van den Hurk won’t join KOTN in friendly vs Japan

The Japanese sports website hochi.jp.co announced that Curacao slugger and Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk will not join team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the friendly matches vs Samurai Japan in November. The article doesn't tell why the two Dutchie stars of the NPB will not join the team but it mentioned that both …

Japan – KOTN friendly: (provisional) Dutch roster released

A few months ago, you could read here that there will be a set of friendly games between team Kingdom of the Netherlands and team Samurai Japan in November 2016. According to the website of Samurai Japan, the roster of the Dutch team has been released. According to a source within the Dutch baseball federation, there are …

Premier 12: Major upset in 1st semi-final

In the Premier 12 first semi-final an unexpected score could be seen on the scoreboards. The huge favorite team Samurai Japan had a hard time against the final Olympic champion Korea. For three innings both teams did not score but in the fourth, Japan stepped on it and scored three times. Sho Nakata drew a …

Japan cruises to victory in Premier 12 opener

In the opening game, Korea could keep pace with Japan for one and a half innings. But after the Samurai Japan took a 2-0 they never looked back. Without flexing their muscles, the Japanese cruised to a 5-0 victory. Despite loading the bases a few times, the Koreans could not cash in. Samurai Japan starting …

Roster of European team unveiled

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced the roster of the European team that will take on Samurai Japan in a two game series on March 10 and 11 in the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The team is a mix of players from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. The series is all organized …

Samurai Japan releases roster for games vs Europe

Today, Samurai Japan released the roster with players that will participate in the two game series vs the European team. Biggest absentee is Shohei Otani, the 20-year old right handed pitcher of the Nippon Ham Fighters. His fastball reaches 100 MPH easily. The European roster is expected tomorrow (Tuesday February 17). I know the names …

Logo and schedule Premier 12 presented

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) presented the logo of the new "world championship tournament" called the Premier 12. This tournament will be played in Taiwan and Japan and the best twelve baseball countries of the world will participate. The first round and the quarter-finals will be staged in Taiwan. The semi-finals and …

Samurai Japan to play friendly match against European team?

  vs   According to the Japanese newspaper 5Newspaper the Japanese All Star team that took on an MLB All Star team in November, the Samurai Japan, is planning to play a friendly game vs a European All Star Team in March. Kumazaki Katsuhiko, the commissioner of the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) said this according to …

Japan All-Star Series, game three: Four Japanese pitchers combine for no-hitter

A great performance by the Samurai Japan team. Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings for the MLB All-Stars. In those five innings he allowed four runs on five hits (two homeruns). Guthrie struck out three and walked two. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he gave up a two run homerun to Hayato Sakamoto of the Yomiuri …

Japan All-Star Series: Game two

    In the Tokyo Dome the MLB All-Stars and the Samurai Japan met each other for game two of the Japan All-Star Series. You can imagine that Hisashi Iwakuma wanted to shine in his hometown Tokyo. But the pitcher of the Seattle Mariners did everything but shine. Though he got through the first inning relatively …

Japan All-Star Series: Game one

      The first matchup between the MLB All Stars and the Samurai Japan team was a pure pitching duel. Both starters lasted five innings. The difference between the two was two runs. Kenta Maeda, the ace of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, was masterful and cruised through the five innings that he pitched. Matt Shoemaker pitched …