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Game 3: All-Japan University 3 – USA Baseball Collegiate National Team 4

by on Jul.06, 2011 @ 1:18 pm, under College

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
All-Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 2
USA 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 4 10 1

The USA National Collegiate Team took game 3 against the All-Japan University team on the 5th. USA now leads the series, 3-0.

(DH) Ito, Hayata 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
PH-DH Okazaki, Keisuke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
(LF) Ikeda, Yoshihiro 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
(SS) Suzuki, Daichi 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .333
(1B) Yamakawa, Hodaka 4 1 0 0 0 2 2 .000
(C) Umeno, Ryutaro 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .250
(2B) Obuta, Ryosuke 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 .500
(RF) Nakashima, Hiroki 4 0 0 1 0 2 2 .000
(3B) Taki, Hiroshi 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 .500
(CF) Sasaki, Koki 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 3 4 3 3 8 7

2B: Obuta (1).
TB: Suzuki; Umeno; Obuta 2; Taki.
RBI: Obuta (1), Nakashima (1), Taki (1).
SAC: Sasaki.
SF: Taki.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Obuta.

E: Sugano 2 (2, fielding, fielding).

Sugano, Tomoyuki 6.0 5 1 1 0 7 0 1.50
Nomura, Yusuke (BS, L) 0.2 4 3 3 1 1 1 40.50
Osera, Daichi 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Sugano 121-79, Nomura 20-12. Osera 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sugano 7-2, Nomura 1-0, Osera 1-2.
Batters faced: Sugano 25, Nomura 7. Osera 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Osera 2-0.

Time: 2:54
Attendance: 9,816

You can also find the complete box scores here.



Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 1st
Sugano on the mound for All-Japan
Fontana single to right. Marrero strikes out swinging. Naquin flies out to left. Elander hits an RBI double to right. Ficociello strikes out looking.

Top of the 7th
Wacha on the mound for USA
Yamakawa reaches on a throwing error (E6). Umeno hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Obuta hits an RBI double to center, runners on second and third. Nakashima drives in a run with a ground out to second, runner on third.
Pitching change: Hoby Milner in for Michael Wacha.
Taki hits a sac fly to right. Sasaki grounds out to second.

Bottom of the 7th
Nomura on the mound for All-Japan
Johnson hits a solo homer to right. Lorenzen hits a bunt single. Fontana grounds out to second, runner on second. Marrero strikes out looking. Naquin hits an RBI double to center. Elander walks, runners on first and second. Ficociello hits an RBI single to center, runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Osera in for Nomura.
Elder flies out to center.

Missed Oppoortunities

Top of the 3rd
Wacha on the mound for USA
Taki hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Sasaki. Ito flies out to right. Ikeda lines out to second.

Bottom of the 3rd
Sugano on the mound for All-Japan
Lorenzen strikes out swinging. Fontana lines out to right. Marrero reaches on a fielding error (E1). Naquin hits a single to left,runners on first and second. Runners advances to second and third on a wild pitch. Elander lines out to first.

Top of the 4th
Wacha on the mound for USA
Suzuki walks. Yamakawa grounds out to third, runner on second. Umeno grounds out to short, runner on third. Obuta walks, runners on first and third. Suzuki picked off third.

Bottom of the 4th
Sugano on the mound for All-Japan
Ficociello hits a double to right. Elder lines out to Suzuki. Reynolds grounds out ot third. Johnson strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 5th
Sugano on the mound for All-Japan
Lorenzen strikes out swinging. Fontana reaches on a fielding error (E1). Marrero grounds out to first, runner on second. Naquin grounds out to first.

6 comments on “Game 3: All-Japan University 3 – USA Baseball Collegiate National Team 4

  1. fighting ham

    It’s stupid that they had to move to a new location for the second game of the double header.

    The next time they have it in Japan, they should have it in the middle-of-nowhere park like the US did this time. Cary, NC. Where the hell? No more Tokyo Dome or Big 6 heavy roster.

    1. Gen Post author

      For those wondering…

      Assuming I’ve got the addresses correct:

      National Training Complex
      200 Brooks Park Lane, Cary, NC 27519

      Durham Bulls Athletic Park
      409 Blackwell St Durham, NC 27701

      The two venues are about 20 miles apart, so maybe a 25-30 minute drive.


      The first game started at 11am and ended around 2pm. The second game started at 6pm so that gave the two teams 4 hours to move.

      Incidentally… When this series was held in Japan in 2009:

      7/12 – Botchan Stadium in Ehime
      7/13 – Tokyo Dome in Tokyo
      7/14 – Kleenex Stadium in Miyagi
      7/15 – Tsuruoka Dream Stadium in Yamagata
      7/16 – Jingu Stadium in Tokyo

      Travel times using public transportation
      Between Ehime and Tokyo – about 4 hours
      Between Tokyo and Miyagi – about 3 hours
      Between Miyagi and Yamagata – about 5 hours
      Between Yamagata and Tokyo – about 4 hours

      So that’s a fairly heavy travel schedule as well. And there were no days off in between.

      Just so you know, I’m not disagreeing with you fighting ham. It makes sense to play both games of a double-header in one park, but I’m guessing their decision to play in two different venues probably also had something to do with making sure that people in Cary had a chance to watch a game (the original schedule went Durham, Durham, and then Cary, but with the rain out, it went Durham, Cary, then Durham).

    2. fighting ham

      It takes about two and half hours to drive from Sendai-shi to Tsuruoka-shi. Did they really use public transportation?

    3. Gen Post author

      The times I listed above were taken from Google maps using addresses found in Wikipedia, so they may not be exact. Just estimates. I also don’t know how accurate Google is.

      But that wasn’t really the point I was getting at. I was simply trying to illustrate that it wasn’t necessarily an easy travel schedule in Japan either. I think player fatigue is something they probably consider when deciding on venues, but I think they also think about making sure people from various areas can get a chance to watch the games.

      The games are important, but I also see this as a cultural exchange. And not just for the players, but also for the people that attend the games.

  2. fighting ham

    All the more reason to avoid having two games in Tokyo then. After all, they didn’t have games in New York or Los Angeles.

    What I don’t get about this series is how both teams have to do what they are not used to doing. Japanese colleges don’t make mixed-up teams and tour around the country. The US colleges don’t use wooden bats.

  3. Deanna

    I went to games in both Durham and Cary, and yes, they are about 25 minutes apart.

    They basically moved the Tuesday night Cary game to 11am and made the second game in Durham. It was a logistics problem more than anything.

    A big reason the games were around the area was because it’s where USA Baseball is based, as well as Baseball America. The game on the 3rd was a doubleheader with a Durham Bulls game, actually. The 4th was a big 4th of July event, and they really didn’t want to postpone the game, but after sitting out in the rain for 3 hours they finally figured out a way to make it work. The Bulls stadium seats 10,000 or so, and they actually sold 8,000 tickets before the game on the 4th — an executive with the team told me that he was fairly sure it was mostly people who just wanted to see the fireworks, but they really couldn’t just cancel out that game. The Durham park is REALLY nice and big for an AAA stadium, and probably about the level they figured they could sell out for an event like this.

    I can also tell you that the Cary morning game was pretty sparsely attended — almost everyone there was a scout or with the media. We had a nice section of Japanese people cheering on the Japan side though, complete with a taiko drum that some locals from the Japanese society at Duke University brought down.

    And in the past I think these touranments have been held in NC or wherever USA Baseball is based as well. I went past the Kannapolis stadium, it’s really rather nice for a Low-A park. It’s a shame about the weather, really.

    I got the impression that these games are mostly being played for the sake of scouts in the US, honestly (this is the time period where the sophomores are beginning their showcases, after all — there are a whole bunch of events like this around now). In Japan it was a slightly bigger deal, but remember that people in Japan care more about college baseball than people in the US do.

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