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USA vs Japan recap

USA (Matthew L) (flickr)


Yesterday the U.S played one of the best, and cleanest games I have watched in a long time. Tanner Roark did exactly what I had expected him. Going 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 R, 0 ER he definitely handled himself a lot better than in his last start. Roark had good life on his breaking balls, with spot on location, especially with how wet it was last night. Even though he was the losing pitcher for the game last night the Japanese Pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano who was really spinning the ball. Had 6 IP, 6 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 0 ER he made it nearly impossible for team USA to get on base.


Team USA

Piling up only two runs on six hits, team U.S.A had major problems getting on base, but eventually getting their first scoring chance. In the fourth, Andrew Mccutchen, who was 2-14 hit a liner to left field scoring Christian Yelich. Reached earlier on an error by Japans second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi, who in Japan, compared to Javier Baez. Ended up scoring the first run of the game and the only run of the game until the sixth innings. When the same man who committed the error Ryosuke Kikuchi hit a monster home run to center field. That would end up being Japans one run of the game.

Team U.S.A then regained the lead in the eighth inning off an Adam Jones ground out RBI. After that point it was too late in the game and Japan couldn’t get any momentum rolling. Only able to chalk up one run on four hits Japan couldn’t get anything going. If it wasn’t for Tanner Roark team USA might not have come out with the win. I think personally that Roark should be the MVP of the game, he was able to channel his inner Kershaw.