Soto Hits Roof of Tokyo Dome in Major League Win

Juan Soto hit an infield double to drive in a run when his high popup hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome. The major league team went on to beat the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 in the exhibition game that preceded the six game series between the major league All Stars versus the Japanese All Stars.

The United States erupted for five runs in the third inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Soto’s double scored Yadier Molina from second for the second run of the inning. J.T. Realmuto doubled home Soto and Ahmed Rosario capped the inning with a two run single.

Soto is not the first player to hit the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome. Shoei Ohtani also hit a ball through the roof in 2016. The first base coach for the major league team Hideki Matsui crushed a homerun that hit the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome. Both of those shots you can watch on You Tube.

Yomiuri Giants fans got a thrill when rookie outfielder Seiya Matsubara split the left centerfield gap in the fourth inning and raced all the way home for a three run inside the park homerun. Matsubara has yet to play a game in the NPB. The inside the park homerun cut the major league lead to 7-4.

J.T. Realmuto added a solo homerun in the fifth. The solo homerun and RBI double made him the hero of the game. That is a big tradition in Japan where the hero of the game is celebrated by getting up on a stand and talking to the crowd after the game in a “hero interview”. That is a little different than talking to reporters in the locker room after having a good game. Realmuto was not used to that tradition.

The major league team was a bit sloppy committing four errors in the game. The four errors only resulted in two unearned runs scoring. Japan committed one error that allowed two unearned runs to score. Hayato Sakamoto threw a ball away in the top of the first with two outs that allowed the first two runs to score.

Yadier Molina was a perfect 2 for 2 hitting in the DH spot, with two runs scored and an RBI. The two players vying for National League rookie of the year, Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto were 2 for 5 and 2 for 4. They did let the ball hit by Matsubara split between them for an inside the park homerun.

Daikan Yoh was a perfect 3 for 3 for the Yomiru Giants, scoring two runs. He is from Taiwan and has been playing in the NPB for 12 years. Giants starter Hosei Takata had a rough outing, charged with seven runs in his three innings of work. Hosei is a 20 year old who made one NPB appearance last year and gave up six runs in two innings. So you could call this outing an improvement. He was a fifth round pick of the Giants in 2016.

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