Sunday, November 8, 2015

Card Of The Week November 8

The inaugural Premier 12 tournament got underway today with Team Japan taking on Team Korea in Sapporo.  Japan won the game handily by a score of 5-0.  Shohei Ohtani went six innings for the win, striking out 10 while only allowing two hits and two walks.  Hayato Sakamoto hit a solo home run in the sixth, making him the first player to ever homer in a Premier 12 event (whether the Premier 12 becomes a quadrennial thing like the World Baseball Classic remains to be seen).  Sakamoto also contributed a stellar defensive player by making a diving catch of a liner by Korean lead off hitter Yong-Kyu Lee in the eighth that probably saved a run.  Here's a card of Sakamoto from the last time he represented his country in an international tournament - the 2013 World Baseball Classic:

2013 Topps Tribute WBC Edition #64

Here's highlights from today's game (H/T NPB Reddit):

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