Japan and Cuba faced off today in World Baseball Classic play in the Tokyo Dome. The home team won, 11-6, thanks in part to a five-run fifth inning.
Nobuhiro Matsuda, an 11-year veteran of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, led the way with four hits, including a three-run home run. Cuba’s Alfredo Despaigne’s hit a homer in the seventh inning which led to a three-run rally, but they were already down 7-1 at the time. What’s more, that rally was mostly negated in the bottom half of the inning when Japan’s Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run.
The bright spot for Cuba: Yoelkis Cespedes, half-brother of Yoenis Cespedes, doubled and scored in the third inning and added a couple of singles later. The bright spot for Japan: Cuba is easily its biggest challenge in the first round, with their pool containing Australia and China.
Japan has won the WBC twice. They’re starting off strong once again.
Braves starter Julio Teheran dazzled in his return from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, tossing six no-hit inning against the Padres. He walked three and struck out 11 batters on 95 pitches. Unfortunately for Teheran and for the Braves, the no-hit bid ended quickly as reliever Shane Carle surrendered a one-out single to Cory Spangenberg in the seventh inning. Nevertheless, the Braves went on to win 4-1 over the Padres.
Teheran, 27, went on the disabled list on June 5 with a right thumb contusion. He apparently suffered the injury while batting during his June 4 start against the Padres. Following Sunday’s effort, Teheran now carries a 3.97 ERA with a 67/36 K/BB ratio in 77 innings this season.
Coincidentally, Teheran has a spotless ERA on Father’s Day across four starts. Here were the results from his previous three starts:
- June 16, 2013 vs. Giants: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
- June 21, 2015 vs. Mets: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- June 19, 2016 at Mets: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K