Japan 9, USA 4
Preview - Box Score

(4-4)
  Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 9 3
Japan 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 3 X 9 10 1
WP: D. Matsuzaka (1-0)
LP: R. Oswalt (0-1)
(6-2)
  Box Score Play by Play
Scoring Summary
Top 1st: USA
- B. Roberts homered to deep center
Bot 2nd: Japan
- K. Johjima hit sacrifice fly to right, A. Inaba scored
Top 3rd: USA
- D. Wright doubled to deep right center, J. Rollins scored
Bot 4th: Japan
- K. Fukudome safe at first on second baseman B. Roberts' fielding error, A. Inaba scored, M. Ogasawara to third
- K. Johjima hit sacrifice fly to right, M. Ogasawara scored
- A. Iwamura tripled to deep right, K. Fukudome scored
- M. Kawasaki singled to shallow right, A. Iwamura scored
- H. Nakajima doubled to right center, M. Kawasaki scored
Top 8th: USA
- M. DeRosa doubled to left, B. McCann and R. Braun scored, M. DeRosa to third on N. Aoki's fielding error
Bot 8th: Japan
- M. Kawasaki safe at first on shortstop D. Jeter's throwing error, Y. Kataoka scored
- I. Suzuki singled to right, M. Kawasaki scored
- H. Nakajima doubled to right center, I. Suzuki scored
 USA
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
B. Roberts 2b 5 1 1 1 0 2 1 .200
D. Jeter ss 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200
J. Rollins dh 4 1 4 0 1 0 0 1.000
D. Wright 3b 5 0 1 1 0 3 4 .200
A. Dunn rf 4 0 0 0 1 3 4 .000
R. Braun lf 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .250
B. McCann c 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .000
M. DeRosa 1b 4 0 1 2 0 0 2 .250
C. Granderson cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
   E. Longoria ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
   S. Victorino cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 36 4 9 4 5 10 16  
 Batting
2B - D Wright (1, D Matsuzaka); R Braun (2, T Mahara); M DeRosa (1, T Mahara).
3B - J Rollins (2, M Tanaka).
HR - B Roberts (1, 1st inning off D Matsuzaka 0 on, 0 Out).
RBI - B Roberts (2), D Wright (5), M DeRosa 2 (9).
2-out RBI - D Wright.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - B Roberts 1, A Dunn 3, D Wright 1, R Braun 1.
Team LOB - 10.
 Base Running
SB - J Rollins (4, 2nd base off D Matsuzaka/K Johjima).
 
 Fielding
E - D Wright (2, throw); B Roberts (1, ground ball); D Jeter (1, throw).
 Japan
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
I. Suzuki rf 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 .200
H. Nakajima ss 5 0 2 2 0 2 3 .400
N. Aoki lf-cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
A. Inaba dh 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 .500
   K. Kurihara ph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
M. Ogasawara 1b 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 .500
K. Fukudome cf 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .000
   Y. Kataoka pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   Y. Kamei lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
K. Johjima c 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 1.000
A. Iwamura 2b 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .250
M. Kawasaki 3b 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 .500
 Totals 34 9 10 7 2 7 14  
 Batting
2B - H Nakajima 2 (4, S Shields, R Oswalt).
3B - A Iwamura (1, R Oswalt).
S - K Johjima.
SF - K Johjima 2.
RBI - K Johjima 2 (4), A Iwamura (2), M Kawasaki (1), H Nakajima 2 (5), I Suzuki (3).
2-out RBI - H Nakajima 2, I Suzuki.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - N Aoki 3, H Nakajima 1.
Team LOB - 6.
 Base Running
SB - M Kawasaki (1, 2nd base off S Shields/B McCann).
 
 Fielding
E - N Aoki (1, bobble).
 USA
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
R. Oswalt (L, 0-1) 3.2 6 6 4 1 1 0 9.82
J. Grabow 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
J.P. Howell 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
M. Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
J. Hanrahan 0.2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.00
S. Shields 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 27.00
 Japan
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
D. Matsuzaka (W, 1-0) 4.2 5 2 2 3 4 1 3.86
T. Sugiuchi 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
M. Tanaka 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
T. Mahara 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 18.00
Y. Darvish 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Pitches-strikes - R Oswalt 66-39; J Grabow 14-11; J Howell 12-10; M Thornton 12-10; J Hanrahan 14-5; S Shields 10-7; D Matsuzaka 98-57; T Sugiuchi 20-11; M Tanaka 16-10; T Mahara 30-19; Y Darvish 21-12.
Ground balls-fly balls - R Oswalt 5-5; J Grabow 2-0; J Howell 1-1; M Thornton 0-0; J Hanrahan 2-0; S Shields 1-0; D Matsuzaka 8-2; T Sugiuchi 0-3; M Tanaka 1-0; T Mahara 1-1; Y Darvish 1-0.
Batters faced - R Oswalt 20; J Grabow 4; J Howell 5; M Thornton 3; J Hanrahan 4; S Shields 3; D Matsuzaka 22; T Sugiuchi 5; M Tanaka 4; T Mahara 6; Y Darvish 4.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Paul Emmel. 1B--Paul Hyham. 2B--Derryl Cousins. 3B--Carlos Rey. LF--Ron Kulpa. RF--Willie Rodriguez.
Time: 3:15.
Attendance: 43,630.
Weather: 58 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, left to right.

Updated on Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 11:50 pm ET

 
 Top Batters
 USA
J. Rollins Jimmy Rollins
4-4
 Japan
H. Nakajima Hiroyuki Nakajima
2-5
2 RBI