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Australia, Netherlands get wins in World Baseball Traditional

TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run double off the left-field wall, allowed one hit over four innings and got the win, leading Japan over China 8-1 on Thursday night in its opener at the World Baseball Classic.The Los Angeles Angels two-way star, struck out five and walked none in the Group B game

Australia, Netherlands get wins in World Baseball Traditional

TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run double off the left-field wall, allowed one hit over 4 innings and obtained the win, main Japan over China 8-1 on Thursday night time in its opener on the World Baseball Traditional.

The Los Angeles Angels two-way star, struck out 5 and walked none within the Group B sport on the Tokyo Dome. His fourth-inning double off Weiyi Wang gave Japan a 3-0 lead.

Ohtani retired his first 10 batters earlier than Weiyi Wang’s single within the fourth. Ohtani threw 32 of 49 pitches for strikes.

Within the different Group B sport, Robbie Perkins and Robert Glendinning hit three-run homers to steer Australia over South Korea 8-7. In Group A, Xander Bogaerts and Jurickson Profar homered because the Netherlands beat Panama 3-1 and Italy beat Cuba 6-3 behind Nicky Lopez’s two-run single that capped a four-run tenth inning.

Earlier than a crowd of 41,616 within the Tokyo Dome, Japan went forward within the first when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Lars Nootbar singled main off and loser Xiang Wang walked three straight batters, together with two-time Central League MVP Munetaka Murakami with the bases loaded.

Nootbar made a sprawling catch in heart on Jinjun Luo within the second.

Pei Liang lower the hole to 3-1 with a sixth-inning homer off Shosei Togo, however Shugo Maki homered within the seventh in opposition to Changlong Su and Takuya Kai capped a four-run eighth with a two-run double after Tetsuto Yamada hit an RBI single and Sosuke Genda walked with the bases loaded.

Japan, the 2006 and 2009 champion, performs South Korea on Friday whereas China takes on the Czech Republic.

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TOKYO (AP) — Perkins gave Australia an 8-4 lead with an eighth-inning homer off Hyeon-Jong Yang, who threw solely seven pitches and obtained nobody out.

Logan Wade’s second-inning sacrifice fly and Kennelly’s solo homer off Younger Pyo Ko within the fifth constructed a 2-0 lead however Euiji Yang hit a three-run homer in opposition to Daniel McGrath within the backside half.

ByungHo Park had RBI double within the sixth that made it 4-2, a play initially referred to as a house run earlier than an umpire assessment. Glendinning homered off loser Gained Jung Kim within the seventh and Perkins in opposition to Hyeon-Jong Yang within the eighth

Steven Kent, Will Sherriff and Sam Holland mixed for 5 walks and a success batter in a three-run backside of the eighth, when Holland struck out Sung Bum Na to strand two runners.

Jon Kennedy, the fourth of 9 Australia pitchers, obtained the win.


TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The Netherlands, after beating Cuba within the opener, gained its second sport in two days.

Bogaerts homered within the third off loser Jaime Barría, and Profar went deep within the fifth in opposition to Alberto Guerrero.

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Erasmo Caballero’s RBI single in sixth in opposition to Mike Bolsenbroek pulled Panama to 2-1, and Bogaerts doubled within the eighth and scored on a Alberto Baldonado’s wild pitch.

Winner Shairon Martis allowed three hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

ITALY 6, CUBA 3, 10 innings

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Cuba dropped to 0-2.

Brett Sullivan hit a go-ahead sacrifice fy within the sixth off Naykel Cruz and Miles Mastrobuoni added an RBI double within the seventh in opposition to Liván Moinelo.

Lorenzo Quintana pulled Cuba to 2-1 within the backside half with an RBI single in opposition to Vinny Nittoli, and Erisbel Arruebarrena hit a tying single within the eighth off winner Matt Festa that drove in Alfredo Despaigne.

John Valente hit a tiebreaking single within the tenth off loser Raidel Martínez.

Italy is 1-0 and faces winless Taiwan on Friday. Cuba performs Panama. ___

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