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Game 2: 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series

by on Jul.13, 2009 @ 2:06 pm, under Other

Panoramic View of the Tokyo Dome

I was at the game (went with Deanna from Marinerds) on Monday night to watch Game 2 of the US vs Japan Collegiate Championship Series (that image of the Tokyo Dome up above is mine).

A few things come to mind real quick about the game.

4 Japanese players were caught stealing (I thought there was a 5th, but I guess that inning ended with a strike out and not a caught stealing). It was really pretty silly. Grandal obviously had a cannon for an arm and yet Japan just kept on stealing.

The text play-by-play mentions that Japan bunted 6 times. But that doesn't include the number of times batters squared early in the count but ended up not bunting later on. Incidentally, Kamegai recorded 2 bunt singles.

I wasn't entirely impressed with Saito. But I was impressed by Oishi and Sugano (Tatsunori Hara's nephew). I was especially surprised by Sugano. He threw what appeared to be a very lively fastball and hit 150+ km/h more than a couple of times when he first got on the mound. After that, he seemed to be in the low to mid-140s range, but you could really hear "the pop" of the catcher's glove.

For some reason, the US team kept celebrating after every little positive thing. It got especially silly when they jumped out of the dugout after scoring their Colon came around to score in the first inning. The entire dugout emptied and literally ran over to where Colon was to hi-five him. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before. And it wasn't just that one time either.

I've got some pictures from the game that I'll be uploading when I get up tomorrow.

Date: July 13, 2008
Venue: Tokyo Dome
Start: 18:04 / End: 21:42
Attendance: 12,000
Series: Tied at 1-1

        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R   H   E
USA     0  0  6  0  0  1  0  0  0   7   9   0
JAPAN   2  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0   5   9   1

Team Japan

Player                AB  R  H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  SH  SF  HBP  IBB  FO GO  GDP  LOB
===================================================================================================
Shingo Kamegai,cf      4  1  2   0    0   0   0   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0     0  1   0    0
Shota Ishimine, lf     2  1  1   0    0   0   0   3   0   1   2   0   0   0   0     0  0   0    0
Takahiro Araki, ss     4  1  0   0    0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   0     0  1   0    2
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ryoji Nakata, 1b       5  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0     2  1   0    2
Keiji Nakahara, rf     4  1  1   2    0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0     0  2   0    0
  Shohei Habu, rf      0  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0     0  0   0    0
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Masayoshi Kato, 3b     3  1  2   1    0   0   0   1   0   1   1   1   0   0   0     1  1   0    0
Keigo Hagiwara, dh     2  1  1   1    0   0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   1   0     0  0   0    1
  Soichiro Tanaka, dh  1  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0     0  1   0    0
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Takanori Sato, c       3  1  2   2    2   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0     1  0   0    2
Ryo Hayashizaki, 2b    2  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0     0  3   0    1
===================================================================================================
Totals                30  7  9   6    2   0   0   7   9   3   4   3   0   2   0     4 10   0    8
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Player                AB  R  H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  SH  SF  HBP  IBB  FO GO  GDP  LOB
===================================================================================================

Pitcher              IP   H  R  ER  BB  SO  WP  HBP  BK  SH  SF  2B  3B  HR  AB  BF  FO  GO
==============================================================================================
Yuki Saito W         5.0  4  2   2   2   5   0   1    0   0   0   0   0   0  19  22   4   6
Tatsuya Oishi        1.1  2  3   1   3   0   1   0    0   0   0   0   0   6   8   1   0   0
Masahiro Inui        1.0  3  0   0   1   2   0   1    0   1   0   1   0   0   5   8   0   1
Tomoyuki Sugano S    1.2  0  0   0   0   3   0   1    0   0   0   0   0   0   4   5   0   1

Team USA

Player                AB  R  H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  SH  SF  HBP  IBB  FO GO  GDP  LOB
===================================================================================================
Tyler Holt, cf         4  0  1   0    0   0   0   0   1   0   0   1   0   0    0    1  2   0    0
Brad Miller, 2b        1  0  0   0    0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0    1  0   0    0
  Bryce Brentz, ph     1  1  1   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  0   0    0
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Kolten Wong, 2b      1  0  1   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  0   0    0
Christian Colon, ss    4  2  0   0    0   0   0   0   2   2   0   0   0   1    0    0  2   0    0
Matt Newman, rf        5  1  3   4    1   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  0   0    4
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Michael Choice, lf     2  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   3    0    1  0   0    0
  Casey McGrew, pr     0  0  0   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  0   0    0
Andy Wilkins, 1b       5  0  1   1    0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0    0    1  0   0    2
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Blake Forsythe, dh     4  0  0   0    0   0   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  2   1    4
Rick Hague, 3b         3  0  0   0    0   0   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   0    0    0  1   0    1
Yasmani Grandal, c     4  1  2   0    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0    1  1   0    0
===================================================================================================
Totals                34  5  9   5    1   0   0   4  13   2   0   1   0   4    0    5  8   1   11
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Player                AB  R  H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  SH  SF  HBP  IBB  FO GO  GDP  LOB
===================================================================================================

Pitcher              IP   H  R  ER  BB  SO  WP  HBP  BK  SH  SF  2B  3B  HR  AB  BF  FO  GO
==============================================================================================
Drew Pomeranz L      2.2  4  6   0   2   3   0   2    0   1   0   0   0   0  11  16   2   2
T.J. Walz            4.1  5  1   1   4   3   2   0    0   1   0   2   0   0  14  19   1   6
Nick Pepitone        2.0  0  0   0   1   3   0   0    0   1   0   0   0   0   5   7   1   2