Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin Pick Up One Hit Each In Team USA's 4-2 Loss To Japan
Courtesy of USA Baseball
June 24, 2001
Okinawa, Japan - The Japanese Collegiate All-Stars scored a pair of runs inthe eighth inning off American reliever Ben Thurmond (RHP, So, Winthrop) andheld on for a 4-2 win Sunday to square up the 30th Annual Series betweenthese two countries at one game apiece, Sunday afternoon at Chatan ParkStadium in Okinawa.
Japan's game-winning rally came in the top of the eighth when Thurmondallowed a pair of two-out, run-scoring singles by Michita Shingaki andHironori Hayashi that gave Japan the lead for good. The rally was started ona leadoff double to right field off the bat of Singo Maeda.
Hayashi went 5-for-5 on the day - with five singles - to become the firstever Japanese player to record five hits in a game, in the 30-year history ofthis series.
Japan took an early 1-0 lead in the second off Red, White and Blue starterAnthony Reyes (RHP, So, USC), when Masakuni Odajima's one-out double scoredTakashi Toritani. But Team USA responded in their half of the frame whenChris Snyder (C, So, Houston) ripped a double into the left-center field gapthat brought home Kevin Howard (IF, So, Miami) and Carlos Quentin (OF, Fr,Stanford) to give the Americans a 2-1 margin.
Reyes went six solid innings and allowed only one run on five hits whilefanning three, taking a no-decision. He did not walk a batter, and wasrelieved by Thurmond (0-1) in the seventh. That's when Japan was able to tiethe score at 2-2, on a two-out, single up the middle by Syuichi Murata thatplated Hayashi.
In the bottom of the seventh, Japanese reliever Yuya Kubo (1-0) took over forstarter Shohei Tateyama, who worked six innings and held Team USA in checkwith just two runs on five hits while striking out six. Kubo was able to gaincredit for the victory by limiting the Americans to just two more hits overthe final three innings.
Team USA designated hitter Michael Aubrey (OF, Fr, Tulane) went 2-for-3 witha double, and now has five hits in the series.
Bob Zimmermann (RHP, Fr, SW Missouri State), Royce Ring (LHP, So, San DiegoState) and Bryan Bullington (RHP, So, Ball State) each saw some action inrelief of Thurmond.
Game Three of the Series will be on Tuesday in Akita, Japan at 7:00 pm. TeamUSA will start either Mike Esposito (RHP, Fr, Arizona State) or TimCunningham (LHP, So, Stanford).
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