United States Evens Series with Japan

The United States won the fourth game in ten 3-1 to even their five game series with Japan at two games apiece. What myworld does not like about the international extra inning rule is the predictability of the first at bat. There is always the bunt to move the runners placed on first and second to put them in scoring position. Those teams who are successful with the bunt usually win. Those teams who are not successful lose. Perhaps tinkering the rule and only putting a runner on second may vary the strategy teams use to get the run across.

The United States was successful with their bunt attempt, but credit has to be given to the Japanese team making a throwing error to allow the two runners to score to gift the United States to a 3-1 lead. Daiki Sakamoto came on for Japan after the error and struck out the side to limit the damage. The home team, now down by two runs has to play for more than one run so the bunt may not be the best option. Dallas Woolfolk shut down the Japanese in the 10th as well as the 9th to pick up the victory.

Gianluca Dalatri pitched well in his start for the United States, allowing just two hits and no runs in his four innings. The Japanese starter Katsuki Azuma out did him, tossing seven innings of shutout five hit ball, striking out 11 hitters. The United States was able to score their first run in the eighth once Japan went to the bullpen. Grant Koch smacked the RBI single to tie the game up 1-1.

Yoshitaka Nagasawa drove in the only run for Japan with an RBI single in the fifth. He collected two of the four Japanese hits in the game. The two teams play the deciding fifth game tonight.

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