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
 Innings:    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9
  Top 1st: Japan
- I. Suzuki grounded out to second
- H. Nakajima grounded out to third
- N. Aoki singled to right center
- N. Aoki picked off at first, pitcher to first

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Bottom 1st: Cuba
- H. Olivera grounded out to shortstop
- M. Enriquez grounded out to shortstop
- Y. Gourriel singled to center
- F. Cepeda lined out to pitcher

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Top 2nd: Japan
- A. Inaba grounded out to second
- S. Murata grounded out to shortstop
- M. Ogasawara flied out to deep right

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Bottom 2nd: Cuba
- Y. Cespedes grounded bunt out to pitcher
- A. Despaigne grounded out to third
- L. Anderson doubled to deep right
- A. Pestano grounded out to shortstop

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Top 3rd: Japan
- K. Fukudome flied out to left
- K. Johjima grounded out to second
- A. Iwamura singled to shortstop
- I. Suzuki grounded into fielder's choice, A. Iwamura out at second

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Bottom 3rd: Cuba
- E. Paret struck out swinging
- H. Olivera grounded out to shortstop
- M. Enriquez grounded out to pitcher

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 0, Cuba 0

  Top 4th: Japan
- H. Nakajima grounded out to shortstop
- N. Aoki singled to center
- A. Inaba doubled to deep right, N. Aoki to third
- S. Murata flied out to center
- M. Ogasawara safe at first on center fielder Y. Cespedes' fielding error, N. Aoki and A. Inaba scored, M. Ogasawara to second
- Y. Gonzalez relieved Y. Maya
- K. Fukudome walked
- M. Ogasawara to third, K. Fukudome to second on balk
- K. Johjima popped out to second

2 runs, 2 hits, 1 errors
Japan 2, Cuba 0

  Bottom 4th: Cuba
- Y. Gourriel grounded out to third
- F. Cepeda grounded out to shortstop
- Y. Cespedes walked
- A. Despaigne singled to center, Y. Cespedes to third
- L. Anderson struck out swinging

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 2, Cuba 0

  Top 5th: Japan
- A. Iwamura walked
- I. Suzuki popped bunt out to third
- H. Nakajima walked, A. Iwamura to second
- I. Jimenez relieved Y. Gonzalez
- N. Aoki singled to center, A. Iwamura scored, H. Nakajima to second
- A. Inaba struck out swinging
- S. Murata flied out to deep left

1 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 3, Cuba 0

  Bottom 5th: Cuba
- A. Pestano lined out to pitcher
- E. Paret grounded out to first
- H. Olivera singled to right
- M. Enriquez grounded into fielder's choice, H. Olivera out at second

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 3, Cuba 0

  Top 6th: Japan
- M. Ogasawara grounded out to first
- K. Fukudome flied out to left
- K. Johjima grounded out to third

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 3, Cuba 0

  Bottom 6th: Cuba
- Y. Gourriel grounded out to second
- F. Cepeda grounded out to first
- Y. Cespedes tripled to deep right center
- A. Despaigne grounded out to pitcher

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 3, Cuba 0

  Top 7th: Japan
- A. Iwamura walked
- I. Suzuki singled to right, A. Iwamura to third
- H. Nakajima hit sacrifice fly to left center, A. Iwamura scored
- N. Gonzalez relieved I. Jimenez
- N. Aoki struck out swinging
- A. Inaba grounded out to third

1 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
Japan 4, Cuba 0

  Bottom 7th: Cuba
- T. Sugiuchi relieved H. Iwakuma
- R. Merino hit for L. Anderson
- R. Merino struck out swinging
- J. Pedroso hit for A. Pestano
- A. Pestano struck out looking
- L. Navas hit for E. Paret
- L. Navas lined out to left

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 4, Cuba 0

  Top 8th: Japan
- R. Merino catching
- J. Pedroso at first
- L. Navas at shortstop
- S. Murata struck out swinging
- M. Ogasawara walked
- Y. Kataoka ran for M. Ogasawara
- Y. Kataoka stole second
- K. Fukudome walked
- V. Garcia relieved N. Gonzalez
- Y. Kataoka out at third, K. Fukudome to second
- K. Johjima popped out to first

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 4, Cuba 0

  Bottom 8th: Cuba
- S. Murata at first
- Y. Kataoka at third
- H. Olivera struck out swinging
- M. Enriquez lined out to third
- Y. Gourriel popped out to shallow center

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 4, Cuba 0

  Top 9th: Japan
- A. Iwamura grounded out to pitcher
- I. Suzuki tripled to deep center
- H. Nakajima hit by pitch
- D. Betancourt relieved V. Garcia
- N. Aoki singled to right, I. Suzuki scored, H. Nakajima to second
- A. Inaba flied out to center
- S. Murata grounded into fielder's choice, N. Aoki out at second

1 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors
Japan 5, Cuba 0

  Bottom 9th: Cuba
- F. Cepeda flied out to deep right
- Y. Cespedes struck out swinging
- A. Despaigne flied out to right

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Japan 5, Cuba 0
 
 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