2-0, 2 G, 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1.80 ERA, 1.10 WHIP
1-0, 2 G, 2 GS, 7.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP
JAPAN USA RF Suzuki 2B Roberts SS Nakajima SS Jeter LF Aoki DH Rollins DH Inaba 3B Wright 1B Ogasawara RF Dunn CF Fukudome LF Braun C Johjima C McCann 2B Iwamura 1B DeRosa 3B Kawasaki CF Granderson SP Matsuzaka SP Oswalt
Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Kazuhiro Sasaki are in the booth as guest commentators on TBS in Japan.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Paul Hyham. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Carlos Rey. LF: Ron Kulpa. RF: Willie Rodriguez.
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, L to R.
Top of the First
Other than the lead-off home run, Matsuzaka looks pretty good on the mound.
14 pitches (9 strikes) that inning.
Bottom of the First
1-2-3 inning for Oswalt and the US.
12 pitches (7 strikes) that inning.
Top of the Second
The US is doing a pretty good job of making Matsuzaka throw pitches -- through 2 innings, 35 pitches (19 strikes). Matsuzaka also appeared to struggle with his control a little that inning. His control definitely isn't as crisp as it was when he pitched against Cuba.
21 pitches (10 strikes) that inning.
Bottom of the Second
Good to see Japan making the most of their outs in the inning. I was a little disappointed in seeing Fukudome go after the first pitch he saw from Oswalt and fly out to shallow left. Outside of Ichiro, he may be one of the worst hitters on the team.
18 pitches (10 strikes) that inning.
Top of the Third
Matsuzaka continues to struggle with his control. It did seem like he might pull things together in the inning after he quickly got the first two outs (6 pitches), but he sort of fell apart after that and his pitches started going all over the place.
30 pitches (17 strikes) that inning.
Bottom of the Third
Kawasaki tried to get a bunt single, but Wright made a great play and managed to throw him out at first. Ichiro then reached first and went on to second on a bad throw by Wright. The next two batters swung at the first pitches and couldn't get the run home. Not a very good inning for Japan. And they really need to stop swinging at the first pitches -- they should make Oswalt throw a little more.
7 pitches (5 strikes) that inning.
Top of the Fourth
Nice 1-2-3 inning for Matsuzaka, but he's still throwing a lot of pitches. At this rate, Matsuzaka can probably go one more inning (maybe 2).
15 pitches (10 strikes) that inning.
Bottom of the Fourth
Good for Japan to come back to score 5 runs in the inning after a 1-2-3 inning by Matsuzaka. This should also give Matsuzaka a nice little charge to pitch the 6th.
Oswalt was knocked out of the inning after throwing 29 pitches (17 strikes) in the inning; 66 pitches (39 strikes) overall.
Oswalt's final line:
3.2 IP, 20 BF, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5 GO, 5 FO, 6 R, 4 ER, 66 pitches (39 strikes)
Top of the Fifth
Matsuzaka got Roberts to ground out for the first out of the inning. But he gave up a single to Jeter and walked Rollins. He bore down and struck out Wright for the second out of the inning and was taken out of the game in favor of Sugiuchi after that.
Sugiuchi closed out the inning by striking out Dunn.
Matsuzaka's final line:
4.2 IP, 22 BF, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 SO, 8 GO, 2 FO, 2 R, 2 ER, 98 pitches (57 strikes)
Bottom of the Fifth
1-2-3 inning for Grabow. Good on him to get the offense back out on the field as quickly as possible.
Top of the Sixth
If Japan continues to hold a 4-run lead, they could decide to save Darvish for the Finals game.
Put another scoreless inning of work down for Suguichi. Although I hear he also almost gave up a shot to DeRosa, but that it stayed in the park because of the wind (there was a news break on TV).
Bottom of the Sixth
Japan had a nice start to the inning, getting runners on first and second with only 1 out. But Ichiro hit into a fielder's choice and Nakajima struck out to end the inning.
Top of the Seventh
Sugiuchi was taken out before the inning in favor of Tanaka.
Sugiuchi's final line:
1.1 IP, 5 BF, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 GO, 3 FO, 0 R, 0 ER, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
Nice way to end the inning for Tanaka after giving up a 2-out triple to Rollins.
I wonder who will pitch the 8th.
Bottom of the Seventh
1-2-3 inning for Thornton -- he struck out the side.
Top of the Eighth
Mahara in to start the eighth.
Tanaka's final line:
1.0 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 GO, 0 FO, 0 R, 0 ER, 16 pitches (10 strikes)
Nice job of pitching by Mahara after giving up 2 runs -- he struck out Longoria and got Roberts to tap back to him for the last 2 outs of the inning.
Bottom of the Eighth
A throwing error by Jeter opened the gates for Japan and led to three runs crossing the plate.
Top of the Ninth
Darvish in to start the ninth.
Mahara's final line:
1.0 IP, 6 BF, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 GO, 1 FO, 2 R, 2 ER, 30 pitches (19 strikes)
Darvish gave up a single to Rollins, but handled the other players he faced without too much trouble.
Darvish's final line:
1.0 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 GO, 0 FO, 0 R, 0 ER, 21 pitches (12 strikes)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 9 3 JPN 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 3 x 9 10 1