Japan cruises past China, ends first round with perfect record

Japan was already in the second round before facing China on Friday night. There was just a little unfinished business to take care of before moving on to the next round.

Seiji Kobayashi and Sho Nakata hit home runs and Japan beat China 7-1 on Friday night at Tokyo Dome to finish with a 3-0 record in the first round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Kobayashi hit a two-run home run in the second inning and Nakata added a two-run blast in the third as the Japanese cruised to an easy victory. Ryosuke Kikuchi and Tetsuto Yamada also recorded RBIs for Japan.

“I was just focused on swinging as hard as I could because it was an 0-2 count,” Kobayashi said of his home run.

Japan scored at least four runs in all three of its games in the first round, connecting on six home runs.





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