USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM LOSES TO JAPAN, 4-2

July 25, 2006

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  • DURHAM, N.C. --- Takayuki Kishi carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and Japan took advantage of three costly USA errors to defeat the National Team 4-2 in the first game of a five game series Tuesday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

    The Japanese moved to 1-0, while the US dropped to 15-2 on the summer.

    Japan scored an unearned run in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Hidetoshi Tsuburaya doubled off of the left field wall with one out and moved to third when second baseman Jemile Weeks dropped pitcher David Price’s pickoff attempt. Tsuburaya then scored on a groundout to short by Takayoshi Kawabata.

    The Japanese scored another run in the fourth when Fuminori Yokogawa singled, moved to third on a double by Hisayoshi Chono and scored on a wild pitch by Price.

    Catcher J.P. Arenicbia (Tennessee) broke up Takayuki Kishi’s no-hitter attempt in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer over the Blue Monster leftfield wall to cut the lead to 2-1.

    Kishi (1-0) gave up the one run in five innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks in his international debut.

    Japan made it 4-1 in the sixth, courtesy of a two-run homer by Hisayoshi Chono off of Price. Both of the runs were unearned as the inning should have ended on a strikeout of Fuminori Yokogawa, but the pitch got away from Arencibia allowing the batter to reach first.

    Price (2-1) was charged with his first loss of the summer after giving up four runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings of work with eight strikeouts.

    Ross Detwiler (Missouri State), Tim Federowicz (North Carolina) and Casey Weathers (Vanderbilt) combined for two innings of scoreless relief.

    The US attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth as Julio Borbon (Tennessee) walked and moved to second on a base hit by Jemile Weeks (Miami). Pedro Alvarez then singled past the first baseman to bring home Borbon and cut the lead to 4-2. Satoshi Nagai entered the game at that point and got the next three batters in a row to end the game and pick up the save.

    The teams will play the second game of the five game series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. ET in Greenville, SC.

    JAPAN     100 102 000 -4 7 0
    USA       000 010 001 -2 4 2

    Kishi, Hasebe (6), Uezono (8), Nagai (9) and Tanaka. Price, Detwiler (8), Federowicz (8), Weathers (9) and Arencibia. W- Kishi 0-1, L- Price 2-1. SV- Nagai (1). HR- Japan: Chono (1) USA: Arencibia (3).