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WBC: Puerto Rico 3 – Japan 1 (March 18, 2013)

by on Mar.18, 2013 @ 2:07 pm, under WBC

Puerto Rico vs Japan at AT&T Park - 18:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 9 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1

Attendance: 33,683 | Time: 3:27

Puerto Rico

Hitting

Pos Uni Player AVG AB R H RBI SO BB/HBP SH SB E HR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
(CF) 16 Angel Pagan .367 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 G6   1B (7)     F8 1B (9)   Ks
(2B) 19 Irving Falu .143 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BB   DP (1)     G5 G5   G5
(DH) 15 Carlos Beltran .207 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 BB   Ks     1B (7)   E3  
(C) 4 Yadier Molina .304 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Ks     F8   G5   F8  
(SS) 14 Mike Aviles .333 3 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1B (8)     F9     1B (9) BB  
(RF) 51 Alex Rios .192 4 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 G6     Ks     HR (7) 1B (8)  
(1B) 44 Carlos Rivera .267 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1B (9)     G6   L6 Kl  
(3B) 26 Andy Gonzalez .143 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   G1     F3   F9 G3  
(LF) 13 Jesus Feliciano .143 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0   L5     1B (9)   BB   Ks
(P) 53 Mario Santiago .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 52 Jose De La Torre .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 55 Xavier Cedeno .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 33 Randy Fontanez .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 32 J.C. Romero .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 38 Fernando Cabrera .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
  .229 34 3 9 3 6 4 0 0 0 1                  

Pitching

  Uni Player ERA IP BF NP H HR SO BB/HBP R ER
53 Mario Santiago 3.12 4.1 16 61 2 0 2 1 0 0
  52 Jose De La Torre 5.06 1.1 5 23 1 0 3 0 0 0
  55 Xavier Cedeno 2.70 1.1 5 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
  33 Randy Fontanez 3.86 0.1 4 17 3 0 0 0 1 1
  32 J.C. Romero 3.86 1.0 3 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
S 38 Fernando Cabrera 0.00 0.2 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0

Japan

Hitting

Pos Uni Player AVG AB R H RBI SO BB/HBP SH SB E HR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
(2B) 1 Toritani, Takashi .267 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G4     G3   G4   3B (8)  
(DH) 3 Ibata, Hirokazu .556 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 G6     1B (8)   Ks   1B (9)  
(RF/LF) 24 Uchikawa, Seiichi .348 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G6     G3   3B (8)   1B (9)  
(C) 10 Abe, Shinnosuke .261 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   F7   G1   Ks   G4  
(SS) 6 Sakamoto, Hayato .240 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   G4     1B (8)   G6   G4
(CF/RF) 9 Itoi, Yoshio .286 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0   Ks     G4   HBP   BB
(LF/1B) 13 Nakata, Sho .286 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0     F7   BB   F7   Ks
(1B) 41 Inaba, Atsunori .286 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0     Ks   Ks        
PH/CF 34 Chono, Hisayoshi .222 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0             Ks    
PH 7 Matsui, Kazuo .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                 F8
(3B) 5 Matsuda, Nobuhiro .333 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0     F8   Ks     G6  
(P) 20 Maeda, Kenta .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 14 Nomi, Atsushi .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 50 Settsu, Tadashi .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 18 Sugiuchi, Toshiya .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 11 Wakui, Hideaki .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
P 47 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya .--- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                  
  .279 32 1 6 1 8 3 0 0 1 0                  

Pitching

  Uni Player ERA IP BF NP H HR SO BB/HBP R ER
20 Maeda, Kenta 0.60 5.0 18 80 4 0 3 2 1 1
  14 Nomi, Atsushi 5.79 1.0 6 21 3 1 0 0 2 2
  50 Settsu, Tadashi 3.00 0.2 4 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
  18 Sugiuchi, Toshiya 2.45 0.2 4 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
  11 Wakui, Hideaki 0.00 0.0 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
  47 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya 10.38 1.2 5 19 0 0 3 0 0 0

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Notes

General: Sadaharu Oh and Tatsunori Hara threw out the ceremonial first pitches. ... TBS broadcast, guest commentators: Sachio Kinugasa, Masumi Kuwata.

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7 comments on “WBC: Puerto Rico 3 – Japan 1 (March 18, 2013)

  1. muratafan

    Boring game and what was Uchikawa thinking?

    I saw far too many impatient at-bats and none of the PR pitchers were really world beaters. I think the team needed to have a bit more patience. The hardest thrower on PR threw a bit under 90 mph (Romero), yet the Japanese batters were paying far too much respect for the PR pitchers’ ability. I hate to say it, but the Japanese hitters beat themselves and bailed out a very mediocre PR pitching staff time and again with swinging at balls out of the strike zone (especially Sakamoto).

    Really disappointing effort.

    1. Arthur

      That was like reading my own thoughts. Such a shame it ended with a wimper. I thought I was going to throw my TV out of the window if I heard 初球打ち! one more time. And not that this loss was on the pitchers, but Nohmi… What a terrible pitch…

    2. fighting ham

      The plate umpire’s strike zone was horrible. Yes, still the same condition for both teams.

      They should’ve at least tied the score before the 2-run HR. The fact that they had been behind the whole time exacerbated the situation, which you call impatience.

      1. muratafan

        I understand why the batters were defensive and chasing balls due to the umpire….BUT that said, the strikeouts by Chono, Inaba (twice), Abe were on pitches in the dirt and were some very poor swings. Also, when Nakata struck out in the 9th, I told my wife ‘he’s a dead pull hitter, looking for a home run, just pitch him sliders away and watch him strike out….which he did.’

        Personally, none of the PR pitchers (except Romero) are bona-fide superstars…but the Japanese batters treated them as such. When Maeda struck out Rios with a 147-kmh fastball on the outside corner, it reminded me why Maeda is a MLB prospect and why most of the PR pitchers are not.

        In other words, virtually all of the strikeouts by the Japanese hitters were on the slow stuff/breaking balls and the PR pitchers could not and would not ever be able to ‘blow them away’ with fastballs.

        Throw in the fact that Uchikawa made one of the worst base running blunders I’ve seen in a long time, this indicates that the team looked and played very tight.

        I hate to say it, but the only player who beat Japan was Rios. The pitchers did what they needed to do, but the hitters really did not have very many quality at-bats. Making the pitcher throw a quality pitch to strike out is one thing, bailing the pitcher out by chasing balls out of the zone is another.

  2. Kyle

    Yeah, some of those swings and misses were not even remotely close. I was astonished at the total shedding of Japan’s usual technical proficiency. Inaba. He looked like he needs to retire.

  3. Steve Novosel

    I really wanted to watch this game, but given how it turned out I’m glad it didn’t.

    I don’t know why they played so tight – they sure did in round 1 but the team that came back in round 2 against Taiwan and smacked around NL was a loose, disciplined machine. What happened in the days between those games and the semi?

    Not much excuse for losing to a team like PR, honestly. DR, or Cuba, or even Korea or Taiwan – sure, but not PR. Come on.

  4. muratafan

    I am convinced that when Japan is the favorite and NOT at home, they tighten up considerably. Witness the Olympics and the losses to Australia and Korea. Japan plays best when they are the underdog.

    If you were to have watched the game, you would’ve witnessed a starting PR pitcher whose max was around 142-kmh, was 28 and was not even invited to the Dodgers spring training. Yet, he pitched 4 and 1/3 scoreless innings and I saw several at-bats where balls that were clearly out of the strike zone get swung at.

    PR pitchers seemed to know that the Japanese hitters were going to be swinging. Japan only had 2 walks and they came back-to-back. Some really poor at-bats.

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