TOKYO, March 9 (Xinhua) — China suffered an 8-1 defeat to hosts and Olympic champion Japan of their World Baseball Classic Pool B opener on the Tokyo Dome on Thursday.
In entrance of a sell-out residence crowd of 41,000 followers, China, which doesn’t have a robust baseball custom, managed to maintain in competitors by trailing 3-1 half manner into the sport, however slumped within the seventh when Japan pulled away.
Japanese famous person Shohei Ohtani proved the important thing determine, putting out 5 whereas permitting no walks and only one hit in a 49-pitch outing.
China supervisor Dean Treanor stated he was pondering in the course of the sport that they’d the possibility to win, however his younger aspect failed to deal with the strain and Ohtani made the distinction.
“Shohei is Shohei, and he showed really who he is tonight,” the 75-year-old American stated. “He obviously threw the ball well.”
China will subsequent play the Czech Republic on Friday whereas Japan tackle South Korea.