The Mexican team added its second defeat in Olympic baseball, by losing seven runs times four against Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The match, held at the Yokohama Stadium, was of great interest to the local press, precisely because the host played. Mexico started well and hit first.
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In the first inning, Isaac Rodríguez reached base with a hit to right and an unstoppable producer from Joey Meneses, third baseman put up the first run of the game.
In the second entry, Japan found a way to tie, Hideto Asamura hit the center back and Takuya Kai’s hit hit the register to tie the game 1-1.
Hideto Asamura dropped the ball close to the pitcher and Juan Oramas was unable to stay with her, allowing Hayato Sakamoto to, who had reached base with a double to left field, hit home plate for 2-1.
Mexico brought in their reliever, Edgar Arredondo, to replace their starter Oramas, in the opening of the fourth inning.
In that same inning, the designated Japanese, Tetsuto Yamada, hit a three-run RBI homer and Japan was 5-1. Yamada hit from four corners to left field and Takuya and Munetaka Murakami hit the register.
Adrián González hit for double play and occupied ball Sebastián Elizalde scored Mexico’s second run, approaching the tricolor on the board 5-2.
In the fifth low, manager Benjamin Gil had Sagasi Sánchez brought from the bullpen to relieve on the mound.
Sakamoto hit a home run to left field pitcher Manuel Bañuelos, to add Japan’s sixth race in the seventh inning.
Japan’s seventh race came in the eighth inning with Yamada’s hit to center field that produced Takayuda.
Joey Meneses gave the team oxygen injection by hitting a two-run RBI homer, took Rodriguez ahead, for 4-7 in the eighth low.
The closing came and Mexico could not add more to go with 7-4 and his second setback in the Olympic tournament.
The winning pitcher was Masato Morishita with a save by Ryoji Kuribayashi, for Japan; the defeated Juan Oramas, for Mexico.
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 C H E
JAPAN 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 7 10 0
MEXICO 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 7 2