[3/3/2017] Practice Game: WBC Cuba vs Orix

WBC Cuba vs Orix on March 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
WBC Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Orix 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3

WBC Cuba

  • Lazaro Blanco started the game and allowed a run on four hits over four innings. He threw seventy-three pitches.
  • Vladimir García relieved Blanco and gave up a run overtwo innings.
  • The offense scored three runs on seven hits.
  • Alexander Ayala recorded a two-run single to left in the eighth inning. Three batters later, William Saavedra drove in the third run with a ground out to third. All three runs came with Kazumasa Yoshida on the mound.
  • Frederich Cepeda (dh, 3rd) went 1-for-4: G5, G4, Fo2, 1B7.
  • Alfredo Despaigne (lf, 4th) went 0-for-4: Kl, F3, G6, F9.
  • Frank Morejon (c, 8th) went 3-for-3: 1B1, 1B8, 1B8.


  • The pitching staff held WBC Cube to three hits over the first seven innings. They gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth inning.
  • Takahiro Matsuba started the game and recorded three shutout innings. He allowed one hit.
  • Yuki Nishi relieved Matsuba and retired the side in order on six pitches. Source: Sponichi 3/4/2017, Sanspo 3/4/2017
  • The offense scored three runs on twelve hits.
  • The Buffaloes took a 1-0 lead on a sac fly to right by Hikaru Ito off Lazaro Blanco with the bases loaded (Stefen Romero BB, T-Okada 1B8, Eiichi Koyano 1B7) and one out in the fourth inning. Ito also drove in the second run of the game with an RBI single to center off Vladimir García in the sixth inning. Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2017
  • Kohei Suzuki drove in Orix’s third run with a squeeze bunt in the seventh inning.
  • Ito had a chance for a walk-off when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with runners on first and second and two out. He ended up flying out to right.
  • Shunta Goto (cf, 9th) went 3-for-3: 1B7, BB, 1B6, 1B7.

Sources: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2017, Sports Hochi 3/3/2017, Daily Sports 3/3/2017

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