USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM SHUTS OUT JAPAN, 5-0
Sean Doolittle’s three-run double in the fourth paves the way for the USA.
July 26, 2006
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GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Sean Doolittle’s (Virginia) three-run double in the top of the fourth inning broke open a scoreless ballgame and led the USA Baseball National Team to a 5-0 win over Japan Wednesday night at West End Field.
The US evened the series with Japan at 1-1 with three games left to play in the series.
Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) started things off with a base hit with two outs in the fourth and then advanced to third on J.P. Arencibia’s (Tennessee) double to left. Darwin Barney (Oregon State) then walked, paving the way for Doolittle’s double into the left field corner that cleared the bases. Todd Frazier (Rutgers) followed with a perfectly placed squeeze bunt base hit that scored Doolittle to make it 4-0.
The US received a strong start on the mound by lefthander Nick Hill (Army) who threw five innings of three-hit scoreless baseball. He struck out seven and walked two to improve to 3-0 on the summer.
Japan’s rally attempt in the bottom of the fourth was cut short when Hidetoshi Tsuburaya was thrown out at home by leftfielder Darwin Barney as he was trying to score on Hisayoshi Chono’s single through the left side.
Hill also got out of a bases loaded jam with two outs in the fifth as he struck out Tsuburaya to end the threat. The Japanese left seven men on base on the night, while the US left only one.
Arencibia added a solo homer in the sixth, his second in as many days, to make it 5-0.
Tommy Hunter (Alabama) threw two innings of scoreless relief and Daniel Moskos, a student-athlete from nearby Clemson University, closed the game out with a perfect ninth to preserve the shutout.
Arencibia and Barney led the US with two hits each, while Tsuburaya led Japan with two of their four hits on the night.
Norihito Kaneto (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked one in the losing effort.
The teams will play the third game of the five game series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. ET in Kannapolis, N.C.
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Hill, Hunter (6), Moskos (9) and Clark. Kaneto, Shimizu (6), Miyamoto (8) and Takaya. W- Hill 3-0, L- Kaneto 0-1. SV- None. HR- Japan: None USA: Arencibia (3).