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Haarlem Baseball Week: Japan can’t hold on against the Netherlands

by on Jul.18, 2010 @ 8:29 pm, under College

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Japan 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 9 14 1
Netherlands 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 10 3

Japan managed to score 3 runs in the 6th and a run  in the 8th to tie the game at 8 and force extra innings.  In the top of the 10th, Japan managed to scratch a run across the plate on an error and take a 9-8.  But Tatsuya Masuda couldn't hold down the Netherlands and allowed two runs to score (Haarlem rules, extra inning games begin with runners on first and second).

Tsyoshi Matsushita started the game for Japan and gave up 6 runs (all earned) over 2.2 innings of work.  Naoki Shirahama followed by allowed 2 runs (both earned) over 2.1 innings of work.  And finally Masuda rounded out the staff used in the game -- 2 runs, none earned, over 4.1 innings of work.

Katsumichi Noguchi went 3-for-5 with a double and 2 run scored.  Daisuke Ikemoto and Yukihiro Mishima both drove in two runs a piece, with Ikemoto goint 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored.

The Netherlands clinched first place with the victory.

You can see complete box scores and play-by-play information at the official site.

Japan will take on the US while Cuba will take on the Netherlands on the final day of the tournament.

Current Standings

G W L Pts RS RA
Netherlands 7 7 0 14 47 14
Cuba 7 5 2 10 31 29
Japan 7 2 5 4 20 33
USA 7 2 5 4 24 37
Chinese Taipei 8 2 6 4 22 31