Tigers Shutout Team Samurai; Buffaloes Trounce Brazil

The Japanese Team Samurai team is having trouble generating an offense.  Other than erupting for 10 runs against Australia the offense has been pretty quiet.  Yesterday the Hanshin Tigers shutout Team Samurai 1-0.  Randy Messenger got the start for the Tigers and gave up two hits.  The bullpen came on and only gave up one hit the final six innings, retiring the last 13 hitters in a row.

At least the pitching staff did their job.  Tetsuya Utsimi got the start and went three innings, giving up just one hit.  The Tigers got an RBI single in the fifth off Hayata Ito off Hideaki Wakui to score the only run.

The Orix Buffaloes had an easier time with their WBC opponent, whipping Team Brazil 6-2.  Brazil’s pitchers walked 14 and the Buffaloes were able to steal five bases off them.  Rafael Fernandes got the start for Brazil and walked two.  Daniel Matsumoto and Taigo Magalhaes got RBI singles for Brazil in the fifth giving them a short 2-1 lead.  The Buffaloes bunched together two doubles, a triple four walks and a wild pitch to score four runs in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.

You can get the box score or the scoring summary here: http://yakyubaka.com/.  The line score for the Brazil game shows 9-2 but myworld could only count six runs.

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