I've got a live televised feed of the game tonight so I'll try to provide some in-game updates when I can.
Based on initial shots of Kyocera Dome, it looks like there are quite a few fans in attendance. It sounds like by 12 noon, most of the tickets for the game were sold out. I'll post the actual attendance figures when they become available.
Darvish is on the mound for Japan. Someone named Tim Cox is pitching for Australia. (Rosters for Australia)
Japan Australia LF Aoki CF Kimpton SS Nakajima SS Linger RF Ichiro RF Snelling DH Inaba LF Huber 3B Murata 3B Risinger 1B Ogasawara 1B Roneberg CF Fukudome DH Collins C Johjima 2B Wearne 2B Iwamura C Karlsen
Hey, it's Pat Kelly on the field!
7:01PM - A moment of silence for the Australia fire victims.
I find it pretty amazing that there are so many people in the stands -- they actually might have a full-house.
7:09PM - Last minute fielding change -> Aoki moves to left, Fukudome moves to center.
First Inning - Australia
First pitch of the game (7:09PM): fastball down the middle for a strike.
Kimpton hits a fly-ball that dunks in front of Fukudome for a single.
Johjima throws out Kimpton trying to steal second.
Linger grounds out to Nakajima for the second out of the inning.
Snelling flies out to Ichiro for the third out of the inning.
First Inning - Japan
Aoki rips a single between first and second.
Nakajima hits into a 6-4-3 double play.
Lot's of flashes going off for Ichiro. Ichiro grounds out to the pitcher for the third out.
Second Inning - Australia
Huber works out a walk.
Risinger is hit by a pitch.
Roneberg lines out to Ichiro for the first out.
Collins strikes out.
Looks like Darvish is having a little bit of a problem getting a grip on the ball. His first pitch to Wearne will be his 30th.
A call into the bullpen...
Karlsen hits a weak grounder up the middle, Iwamura grabs it and throws over to first, but not in time. Huber scores.
Darvish is coming out of the game after throwing 42 pitches. Iwakuma is now in to pitch. Darvish doesn't look very happy on the bench.
Kimpton strikes out swinging on a fork ball.
Second Inning - Japan
Inaba drives a double to left to lead-off the inning.
Murata grounds out to short.
Ogasawara takes a walk.
Fukudome hits a sharp grounder to first. Throw over to Linger, he drops the ball. Everyone is safe. Error charged to Linger.
Johjima walks. Inaba scores. Game tied at 1.
Iwamura lofts one to left, caught for the second out of the inning. Ogasawara tags and scores, sac fly for Iwaumra.
Aoki rockets one to right, Snelling reaches out and makes the grab for the final out of the inning.
Third Inning - Australia
Linger rockets one to left, over Aoki's head, for a double.
Snelling grounds out to short for the first out of the inning.
Huber grounds out to third.
Risinger flies out to right for the final out of the inning.
Third Inning - Japan
Nakajima strikes out looking.
Ichiro gets an infield single.
Inaba shoots one through the right-side for a single. Ichiro to third.
Murata hits one back to the pitcher. But instead of throwing home to get Ichiro, Cox tosses the ball over to first for the second out of the inning. Ichiro scores. Inaba to second.
Ogasawara skies one of left for the final out of the inning.
Fourth Inning - Australia
Roneberg fouls out to the catcher.
Collins grounds out to short.
Wearne grounds out to first (unassisted).
Fourth Inning - Japan
Fukudome takes a walk.
Johjima goes the other way for a single to right, Fukudome to third.
Iwamura skies one to left, caught for the first out of the inning. Fukudome tags and scores. Johjima to second since throw went to home.
Aoki hits a chopper to third for the second out of the inning.
Pitching change: Cox out, Crawford in. Cox's final line: 58 pitches, 19 batters faced, 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 strike out
Nakajima is caught looking for strike three.
Fifth Inning - Australia
Defensive changes: Uchikawa comes in for Aoki in left. Kataoka comes in for Iwamura at second.
Karlsen grounds out to second.
Kimpton flies out to center.
Linger strikes out swinging to end the inning.
Fifth Inning - Japan
Ichiro grounds out to short.
Pinch-hitter: Abe comes in for Inaba.
Abe hits a double to center.
Murata hits a single to center. Abe scores.
Pinch-runner: Kawasaki comes in for Murata.
Ogasawara up to bad.
Kawasaki steals second.
Ogasawara singles to center. Kawasaki to third.
Fukudome flies out to center. Kawasaki tags and scores.
Johjima hits one to short, but it gets by Linger. Error on the play. Ogasawara goes to third.
Kataoka walks to load the bases.
Pitching change: Crawford out, Anderson in. Crawford's final line: 38 pitches, 8 batters, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 strike out.
Uchikawa singles up the middle, Ogasawara scores.
Nakajima flies out to left to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Sixth Inning - Australia
Defensive change: Kawasaki stays in and takes over at third.
Pitching change: Iwata in, Iwakuma out.
Snelling flies out to right.
Huber singles to center.
Risinger into a double play.
Sixth Inning - Japan
Ichiro grounds out to second.
Abe fouls out to the catcher.
Kawasaki strikes out to end the inning.
Seventh Inning - Australia
Pitching change: Iwata out, Komatsu in.
Defensive change: Kamei comes in for Ichiro in right.
Roneberg strikes out swinging.
Collins singles to center.
Graham strikes out looking.
House strikes out looking.
Seventh Inning - Japan
Fukudome reaches first on a error by the second baseman.
Johjima hits a single to right.
Kataoka flies out to right for the first out of the inning.
Uchikawa flies out to center. Ogasawara tags and scores. Fukudome and Johjima both advance a base.
Nakajima grounds out to short to end the inning.
Eighth Inning - Australia
Pitching change: Komatsu out, Tanaka in.
Baker flies out to right.
Dutton singles to left.
Snelling double to right-center.
Huber grounds out to third. Dutton scores.
Risinger flies out flies out to left for the final out of the inning.
Eighth Inning - Japan
Pitching change: Anderson out, Lundgren in.
Kamei grounds out to third.
Kawasaki grounds out to second. Abe to second.
Ogasawara strikes out swinging to end the inning.
Ninth Inning - Australia
Pitching change: Tanaka out, Mahara in.
Brice doubles to center.
Collins strikes out lookings.
Graham strikes out swinging.
House flies out to left to end the inning.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E AUS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3 JPN 0 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 x 8 10 0 Australia 2B: Linger, Snelling, Brice E: Linger(2), Graham Japan 2B: Inaba, Abe SB: Kawasaki Game Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes
IP BF H K BB HBP R ER Pitches Yu Darvish 1.2 9 2 1 2 1 1 1 42 Hisashi Iwakuma 3.1 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 44 Minoru Iwata 1.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 Satoshi Komatsu 1.0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 18 Masahiro Tanaka 1.0 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 12 Takahiro Mahara 1.0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 18 IP BF H K BB HBP R ER Pitches Tim Cox 3.2 19 5 1 3 0 2 58 Tristan Crawford 1.0 8 3 1 1 0 2 38 Craig Anderson 2.1 11 2 1 1 0 0 32 Wayne Lundgren 1.0 4 0 1 1 0 0 19