Orix Pounds China

The Orix Buffaloes had an easy time defeating China 8-1 in an exhibition game.  According to China manager John McClaren the Chinese outfielders are not used to playing in domed stadiums so tracking fly balls is a bit more of a challenge.

Takayoshi Kawabata stroked a double in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and send the Buffaloes on their way to a victory.  Takashi Kamoshida tossed three innings of shutout relief without allowing a hit.

The big bats for China were Lei Li who had two singles, one in the first and the other in the ninth.  Xu An had a double but struck out in his next two at bats.  Leadoff hitter Xiao Cui had the only other hit in his four at bats.  Tao Bu pitched the first three innings for China giving up three hits and a run.  Both Shuai Li and Jiangang Lu each pitched one inning in relief and retired the side in order.

You can take a look at the boxscore here: http://yakyubaka.com/2013/02/27/wbc-practice-game-china-1-orix-buffaloes-8-february-27-2013/#more-95411

The Italian team played their first spring training game in Arizona and lost 5-1 to a group of Seattle Mariners minor leaguers.  Mattia Reginato and Paolino Ambrosino collected two hits each for Italy.

You can read more about that game here: http://www.mister-baseball.com/italy-loses-wbc-warmup-arizona/

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