The Japanese WBC national team completed four practice matches with Shohei Ohtani (Angels) and Lars Nuthba (St. Louis) joining. In the last practice game, he won with a home run. But it’s a bit of an embarrassing victory. 온라인카지노

The Japanese national team won 4-1 in a practice match against Chunichi Dragons held at Vantelin Dome in Nagoya, Japan on the 4th. It was the result of avenging the 2-7 complete defeat on the 3rd and decorating the end of the 4 practice game schedule with a victory. Japan now moves to Osaka to prepare for the official WBC match.

Ohtani followed the pitch preparation routine before the game and even practiced batting. Cheers poured out every time the batted ball crossed the fence. However, Ohtani and Nutba cannot play until this game. On the 6th and 7th, he will participate in the official evaluation match to be held in Osaka.

Japan Lineup
Kensuke Kondo (right fielder) – Takumu Nakano (shortstop) – Shugo Maki (second baseman) – Munetaka Murakami (designated hitter) – Kazuma Okamoto (third baseman) – Hotaka Yamakawa (first baseman) – Ukyo Shuto Left fielder) – Takuya Gai (catcher) – Kyota Fujiwara (center fielder, helper), starting pitcher Roki Sasaki

Japan got the lead with consecutive long hits after two outs in the third inning. Outfielder Fujiwara (Chiba Lotte), not the national team’s ‘helper’, hit a triple, and Kondo (Softbank) scored the first run with a double at the right time.

In the second half of the game, he regained the lead with a home run and ran away. In the 7th, Okamoto (Yomiuri) hit a solo home run to take a 2-1 lead. In the 8th inning, two helper outfielders combined to score runs. Following an error by Omi Ohka (Chiba Lotte), Jusei Mannami (Nippon Ham) hit a home run that ran away with a 3-run lead.

Without a helper…
Although he scored 4 runs with 5 hits including 2 homers, the hitting feeling of the national team batters was still not cool. Of the four players who recorded hits, only two were national team players (Kondo, 2 hits in 3 at-bats, Okamoto, 1 hit in 3 at-bats). Fujiwara, who created a chance to take the lead with a triple in the 3rd inning, and Manami, who hit a 2-run homer in the 8th inning with a 3-run lead, were not national representatives to compete in the WBC, but were ‘helper’ players who joined Chunichi to help in practice matches.

3rd hitter Maki (DeNA), 4th hitter Murakami (Yakult), and 6th hitter Yamakawa (Seibu) all went silent with no hits in 4 at-bats.

Sasaki (Chiba Lotte), the starter at 165 km/h,
broke his fastball’s highest speed that day. In the first inning, he struck out Aristedis Aquino with 5 consecutive fastballs on 2nd, 1st and 3rd base, swinging and missing. At this time, the 4 balls thrown were 165 km per hour. It is Sasaki’s personal best velocity and Ohtani’s tie record for a Japanese pitcher thrown during his Nippon Ham days.

After Sasaki finished his mission with 3 innings, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and no runs, Miyagi Hiroya (Orix) took over the mound. Miyagi was hit with a home run by Akino in the 4th inning, but blocked it with 1 run in 2 innings. Miyagi struggled with 4 runs (1 earned run) in 1⅔ innings against Softbank on the 25th of last month.

In the second half of the game, Japan sent out Takahashi Hiroto (Chunichi, 2 scoreless innings) and Ito Hiromi (Nippon Ham, 2 scoreless innings) to finish the game.

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