Team Japan played Industrial league team Mitsubishi Juko Yokohama in a practice game earlier today and beat them, 3-2. Yuki Saito got the sart and gave up a run on 3 hits over 4 innings of work. Saito threw a total 73 pitches and also struck out 6 batters. Tatsuya Oishi also tossed two shutout inning in the game.
On offense, Seiya Inoue hit a solo home in the 5th. Lead-off batter Daichi Suzuki went 3-for-3.
The schedule for Team Japan moving forward: a practice game on the 25th and then the NPB Fresh All-Stars game on the 26th.
In other news, Cuba apparently isn't too worried about making it passed Japan. The team from Cuba held a press conference in Tokyo earlier today to field some question about the WUBC.