Japan 5, Cuba 0
Preview - Box Score

(4-2)
  Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 5 8 0
Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: H. Iwakuma (1-0) S: T. Sugiuchi (1)
LP: Y. Maya (0-1)
(4-2)
  Box Score Play by Play
Scoring Summary
Top 4th: Japan
- M. Ogasawara safe at first on center fielder Y. Cespedes' fielding error, N. Aoki and A. Inaba scored, M. Ogasawara to second
Top 5th: Japan
- N. Aoki singled to center, A. Iwamura scored, H. Nakajima to second
Top 7th: Japan
- H. Nakajima hit sacrifice fly to left center, A. Iwamura scored
Top 9th: Japan
- N. Aoki singled to right, I. Suzuki scored, H. Nakajima to second
 Japan
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
I. Suzuki rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .400
H. Nakajima ss 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .000
N. Aoki lf 5 1 4 2 0 1 1 .800
A. Inaba dh 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 .200
S. Murata 3b-1b 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 .000
M. Ogasawara 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000
   Y. Kataoka pr-3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
K. Fukudome cf 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000
K. Johjima c 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
A. Iwamura 2b 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 .500
 Totals 33 5 8 3 6 3 20  
 Batting
2B - A Inaba (2, Y Maya).
3B - I Suzuki (1, V Garcia).
SF - H Nakajima.
RBI - N Aoki 2 (6), H Nakajima (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Johjima 3, S Murata 2.
Team LOB - 9.
 Base Running
SB - Y Kataoka (2, 2nd base off N Gonzalez/R Merino).
CS - Y Kataoka (1, 3rd base by V Garcia/R Merino).
Picked Off - N Aoki (1st base, Y Maya).
 Cuba
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
H. Olivera 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
M. Enriquez dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Y. Gourriel 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
F. Cepeda lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Y. Cespedes cf 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .333
A. Despaigne rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .250
L. Anderson 1b 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .500
   R. Merino ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
A. Pestano c 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
   J. Pedroso ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
E. Paret ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
   L. Navas ph-ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 32 0 5 0 1 6 6  
 Batting
2B - L Anderson (1, H Iwakuma).
3B - Y Cespedes (3, H Iwakuma).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Pestano 1, L Anderson 1, A Despaigne 1.
Team LOB - 6.
 Fielding
E - Y Cespedes (1, fly ball).
 Japan
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
H. Iwakuma (W, 1-0) 6.0 5 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
T. Sugiuchi (S, 1) 3.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
 Cuba
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
Y. Maya (L, 0-1) 3.2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0.00
Y. Gonzalez 0.2 0 1 1 3 0 0 13.50
I. Jimenez 2.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 4.50
N. Gonzalez 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.00
V. Garcia 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9.00
D. Betancourt 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
BALK - Y Gonzalez.
HBP - H Nakajima (by V Garcia).
Pitches-strikes - H Iwakuma 70-47; T Sugiuchi 32-21; Y Maya 63-40; Y Gonzalez 23-10; I Jimenez 45-27; N Gonzalez 20-9; V Garcia 14-8; D Betancourt 7-5.
Ground balls-fly balls - H Iwakuma 14-2; T Sugiuchi 0-5; Y Maya 7-3; Y Gonzalez 0-2; I Jimenez 2-3; N Gonzalez 1-0; V Garcia 1-1; D Betancourt 1-1.
Batters faced - H Iwakuma 24; T Sugiuchi 9; Y Maya 15; Y Gonzalez 5; I Jimenez 9; N Gonzalez 5; V Garcia 4; D Betancourt 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Joe West. 1B--Willie Rodriguez. 2B--Hunter Wendelstedt. 3B--Paul Hyham.
Time: 3:26.
Attendance: 9,774.
Weather: 56 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, left to right.

Updated on Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 4:13 am ET

 
 Top Batters
 Japan
N. Aoki Norichika Aoki
4-5
2 RBI
 Cuba
Y. Cespedes Yoennis Cespedes
1-3
 WBC Box Scores
Wed Mar 18, 2009
USA 6
Venezuela 10
Final

Japan 5
Cuba 0
Final