Champions Japan given scare by Brazil as World Baseball Classic begins

时间:2019-11-16  作者:覃招踊  来源:澳门金沙网站  浏览:17次  评论:193条

Two-time defending champion Japan beat a surprisingly resilient Brazil team 5-3 on Saturday in the opening game of the . Japan, playing without their top players from Major League Baseball, had to rally from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the eighth inning before a crowd of 28,181 at Fukuoka Dome.

In Group B, the pitchers Diegomar Markwell and Orlando Yntema combined to help shut out favored South Korea and lead the Netherlands to a 5-0 win. Host Taiwan beat Australia 4-1 in the other Group B game earlier Saturday.

For Japan, the pinch hitter Hirokazu Ibata came off the bench to tie the game with a single to right that scored Seiichi Uchikawa from second. took a 4-3 lead when Ibata scored from third on a fielder's choice and added an insurance run on Nobuhiro Matsuda's single to center that scored Hisayoshi Chono.

"This was a very difficult game for us," Japan manager Koji Yamamoto said. "Brazil put up a very good fight but we got some timely hits in the eighth and were able to make a comeback."

Brazil, tournament debutants managed by the Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, looked set to pull off a major upset when they took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on a double by Leonardo Reginatto that scored Paulo Orlando from second. Brazil shocked the baseball world when they beat Panama in qualifying.

"These players love to compete," Larkin said. "They love a challenge and this was a challenge similar to the qualifiers when we beat Panama. I'm extremely proud of the way my players performed in this game."

Group A which also includes the 2006 runner-up, Cuba, and China. Two teams from the group will advance to the 8-12 March second round at Tokyo Dome, with a chance to move on to the 17-19 March championship round in San Francisco.

Japan pitcher Tadashi Settsu, who gave up one run on two hits over three innings of relief, picked up the win. Oscar Nakaoshi took the loss after giving up two runs in the eighth.

Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, who managed the Japan team that won the first WBC, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Brazil silenced the near-capacity crowd at Fukuoka Dome by taking the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Reginatto hit a sharp single to left that scored Orlando. Japan tied the game in the top of the third when Yoshio Itoi singled to right to score Hayato Sakamoto from second.

The hosts took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Sakamoto that scored Ryoji Aikawa from third. Brazil showed their determination by tying the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Reginatto doubled and then scored on a close play at the plate on a single to center by Reinaldo Sato.

For the Dutch, shortstop Andrelton Simmons went three-for-five, including two doubles. South Korea had an uncharacteristically sloppy performance that included four errors, while seven pitchers combined to give up 10 hits including two to former Atlanta Braves slugger Andruw Jones.