Japan had a match against Australia at Lecom Park in group B of the opening round of the 30th WBSC Baseball World Cup on September 13, JST, in Florida, the U.S. The game between Japan and Australia was called in the bottom of the fifth inning with a score of 10-0.
Japanese lead-off man Shogo Asano, who has batted well, got on board with a single to left field in the first. He reached the third base from the first base when the second batter Yoshinobu Kuroda had a sacrifice bunt, and the Australian pitcher and catcher took time to get a batter out. The third batter Shion Matsuo singled to center field to score Shogo Asano. Then, Japan added two runs with three walks and a passed ball.
Japan went on the rampage, going through their batting order and earning seven runs with three hits and an error in the second. Shion Matsuo doubled, Yuta Utsumi singled, and Kai Watabe had his first hit in the tournament.
Ayuta Seimori, who took the mound in the first game against Italy, got a start and had no runs, two hits, and two strikeouts, using a sharp slider in two frames. Left-handed sidearmer Yusefu Yoshimura made his first appearance, retiring three batters in a row, including two strikeouts in the third inning. Righty Shiki Kawahara pitched two shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Japan won its fourth straight victory from the opening game and booked a spot in the super round before the last game in the opening round. Japan will have a game against Taiwan on a four-game winning streak as well as Japan at 8 am on September 13, JST / at 7 pm on September 12, EST.
Game results: Group A: Netherlands 5-2 Brazil, South Africa 1-14 South Korea USA 7-6 Canada Group B: Chinese Taipei 4-0 Mexico, Panama 10-0 Italy Japan 10-0 Australia