Coming off an exciting, highlight-filled win Saturday night against the Dominican Republic, Team USA came into Tuesday nights tilt with Japan one win away from reaching the WBC Final for the first time ever. Instead of the offensive show that was put on against the Dominican Republic, we got a pitching dual between Tanner Roark and Tomoyuki Sugano. Roark held the Japanese team scoreless over 4 innings, while Sugano actually out pitched Roark, allowing an unearned run and fanning six (including Nolan Arenado’s bum ass three times) over six innings.
The US got on the board in the top of the fourth, when an error by second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi followed by an Andrew McCutchen single pushed Christian Yelich across, giving them a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Kikuchi would make up for his mistake in the field with his bat, blasting a solo homer off of reliever Nate Jones to even up the score at 1-1.
The bullpens did their job until the eighth, where Brandon Crawford singled and advanced to third on an Ian Kinsler double that was inches from going over the wall in left. This brought up tournament stud Adam Jones, who would knock in the run with an RBI groundout (some would have considered it an error on third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda).
Melancon, Neshek, and Gregerson combined to close it out for the US, and set up a revenge match with Puerto Rico tonight. As Adam Jones said “United We Grind”, so lets beat those hair dying fairies tonight boys.
Top 3 Peformers:
- Tanner Roark, USA: 4 IP 2 H 0 R 1 BB 1 K
- Andrew McCutchen, USA: 1-4, RBI
- Tomoyuki Sugano, Japan: 6 IP 3 H 1 R 0 ER 1 BB 6 K
Shoutouts to: Ian Kinsler, Luke Gregerson