Sunday, November 13, 2016

Card Of The Week November 13

Samurai Japan played four "friendly games" over the last four days at the Tokyo Dome - two with Mexico on Thursday and Friday and two with the Netherlands yesterday and today.  They went 3-1 over the four games, losing only the first game to Mexico.  The two games against the Netherlands were particularly exciting - both were come from behind victories that went into extra innings (and featured the WBC's new extra inning tie breaker rule where each team starts the inning with runners on first and second).  Hard to pick just one highlight - Shohei Ohtani hit a bomb in yesterday's game and lost a ball in the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome today for a ground-rule double; Hayato Sakamoto had a bases loaded double that knocked in all three runs yesterday while Yasutomo Tsutsugoh hit a couple doubles to deep center field both yesterday and today.  Japan scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth yesterday on two errors by the Dutch infielders and Shoto Ohno had the game winning single an inning later.  But the one I'm picking was Seiya Suzuki in the 10th inning today with the bases loaded:

Suzuki's Grand Slam combined with the two run double he hit in the seventh gave him half of the RBIs in Japan's 12-10 victory today.  Here's a card of him from the "Rising" subset from this year's BBM Carp team set (#C75):

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