Major Leaguers Take Second in a Row Against Japan

Perhaps it was the jet lag in the earlier games. The United States won their second game in a row against Team Samurai, trotting out five pitchers to four hit Japan 3-1. Japan still leads the series three games to two.

Matt Shoemaker got the start and limited Japan to two hits. Four other relievers followed him, Mark Melancon picking up the save. Randy Choate gave up the only run when he gave up a lead off triple to Ryosuke Kikuchi, who eventually scored on a groundout. With a 3-0 lead at that point the Major League team sacrificed a run to get an out.

Shoei Otani got the start for Japan. He hit 100 miles per hour on one pitch, a swing and a miss for a strikeout from Evon Longoria. He got himself in trouble in the third after giving up a leadoff double to Lucas Duda. Alcides Escober put runners on third and second with no outs with his single. A passed ball and a ground out scored the two runs to give the major leaguers an early lead. Otani continued to struggle in that inning with a hit batsman and walk, but struck out the last two hitters to end the inning. Otani struck out seven in his four innings of work.

The United States banged out 12 hits, Jose Altuve, who is replacing the injured Robinson Cano at second, ripping off two singles and a double from the leadoff spot. The boxscore for the game can be found below:


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