Team Korea scratched its way to three runs off of Team Japan ace Yu Darvish in the first inning, then cruised to a 4-1 win to put them into the semi-finals. Japan will face Cuba Thursday in a showdown for the last semifinal berth. Darvish hurled 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while [...]
2006 WBC star Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering five hits while striking out 8 versus no walks, as Team Japan gained a criticial victory over Cuba 6-0 on March 15. Japan will play Tuesday night, attempting to clinch a spot in the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles. Japan (1-0) 6, Cuba (0-1) 0 [...]
Japan lost to the Republic of Korea 6-2 on Friday, August 22 on an 8th-inning rally by the Koreans. Japan will face the United States on Saturday in a game to determine who will get the Olympic bronze medal. Korea will take on the heavily-favored Cuba for the gold medal.
Yu Darvish hurled two shutout frames against the United States before giving way to reliever Masahiro Tanaka. Team Japan eventually lost 4-2 in extra innings. Japan went 4-3 in the preliminary round of action at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Japan advances to the semi-final round, and will play the Republic of Korea, while the [...]
Yu Darvish was ineffective August 13 vs. the heavyweight Cuban Olympic team, allowing 4 runs in 4 plus innings, aided by 7 hits and 4 walks against the Japanese ace pitcher. Both squads had 9 hits and an error, but the Cubans held on to defeat Japan in preliminary round action. Japan faces Asian rival [...]