Australia, Netherlands get wins in World Baseball Classic

TOKYO (AP)– Shohei Ohtani struck a two-run double off the left-field wall, enabled one hit over 4 innings and got the win, leading Japan over China 8-1 on Thursday night in its opener at the World Baseball Classic. The Los Angeles Angels two-way star, set out 5 and strolled none in the Group B video game at the Tokyo Dome. His fourth-inning double off Weiyi Wang provided Japan a 3-0 lead. Ohtani retired his very first 10 batters prior to Weiyi Wang’s single in the 4th. Ohtani tossed 32 of 49 pitches for strikes. In the other Group B video game, Robbie Perkins and Robert Glendinning struck three-run homers to lead Australia over South Korea 8-7. In Group A, Xander Bogaerts and Jurickson Profar homered as the Netherlands beat Panama 3-1 and Italy beat Cuba 6-3 behind Nicky Lopez’s two-run single that topped a four-run 10 th inning. Prior to a crowd of 41,616 in the Tokyo Dome, Japan went on in the very first when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Lars Nootbar singled leading off and loser Xiang Wang strolled 3 straight batters, consisting of two-time Central League MVP Munetaka Murakami with the bases filled. Nootbar made a vast catch in center on Jinjun Luo in the 2nd. Pei Liang cut the space to 3-1 with a sixth-inning homer off Shosei Togo, however Shugo Maki homered in the seventh versus Changlong Su and Takuya Kai topped a four-run 8th with a two-run double after Tetsuto Yamada struck an RBI single and Sosuke Genda strolled with the bases packed. Japan, the 2006 and 2009 champ, plays South Korea on Friday while China handles the Czech Republic. AUSTRALIA 8, SOUTH KOREA 7 TOKYO (AP)– Perkins offered Australia an 8-4 lead with an eighth-inning homer off Hyeon-Jong Yang, who tossed just 7 pitches and got nobody out. Logan Wade’s second-inning sacrifice fly and Kennelly’s solo homer off Young Pyo Ko in the 5th constructed a 2-0 lead however Euiji Yang struck a three-run homer versus Daniel McGrath in the bottom half. ByungHo Park had RBI double in the 6th that made it 4-2, a play initially called a crowning achievement prior to an umpire evaluation. Glendinning homered off loser Won Jung Kim in the seventh and Perkins versus Hyeon-Jong Yang in the 8th Steven Kent, Will Sherriff and Sam Holland integrated for 5 strolls and a hit batter in a three-run bottom of the 8th, when Holland set out Sung Bum Na to hair 2 runners. Jon Kennedy, the 4th of 9 Australia pitchers, got the win. NETHERLANDS 3, PANAMA 1 TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP)– The Netherlands, after beating Cuba in the opener, won its 2nd video game in 2 days. Bogaerts homered in the 3rd off loser Jaime Barría, and Profar went deep in the 5th versus Alberto Guerrero. Erasmo Caballero’s RBI single in 6th versus Mike Bolsenbroek pulled Panama to 2-1, and Bogaerts doubled in the 8th and scored on a Alberto Baldonado’s wild pitch. Winner Shairon Martis permitted 3 hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. ITALY 6, CUBA 3, 10 innings TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP)– Cuba dropped to 0-2. Brett Sullivan struck a consent sacrifice fy in the 6th off Naykel Cruz and Miles Mastrobuoni included an RBI double in the seventh versus Liván Moinelo. Lorenzo Quintana pulled Cuba to 2-1 in the bottom half with an RBI single versus Vinny Nittoli, and Erisbel Arruebarrena struck a connecting single in the 8th off winner Matt Festa that drove in Alfredo Despaigne. John Valente struck a tiebreaking single in the 10 th off loser Raidel Martínez. Italy is 1-0 and deals with winless Taiwan on Friday. Cuba plays Panama. ___ AP MLB: and source

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