That parabola - -. Including baseball fan watching on TV from local Dodger Stadium and Japan as for nobody with dream when was hit, must have been convinced.
Last March, the fourth WBC semifinals with the United States. We reached cleanup slot, Tsutsugou in bottom of the eighth inning two outs 1B, second base in pursuit of one point. We swing the fourth pitch, change-up of 113 kilos from count 1 ball 2 strike. We thought whether it was finished in good angle, but the batted ball stalled on fence this side and fitted into glove of right fielder. Bottom of the ninth inning ended in three up three down, and attack of eighth inning distributed fate of SAMURAI JAPAN virtually.
As for what "was not able to beat, own technique is lacking in. Though have lost, is good; was able to play. We realize that we grew up through meeting"
Tsutsugou talked to repress vexation. We played the championship season of 2016 in WBC with 44 home runs, carrier of 110 runs batted in of title 2 crowns for the first time. Finally is the main battery of SAMURAI JAPAN which tasted humiliation, but is batting average through meeting. 320, 3 home runs, eight runs batted in. The bright results that we left as Japanese 〝 face 〟 do not fade.
Tsutsugou wore Uniform of the Japanese flag by 8th Asia AAA championship in Yokohama high 12th grade in (2009), but national team member at the time was Kanto all-star team which did not participate in summer Koshien. After the entering professional, we participate in ALL STAR SERIES of 2014. It was additionally called in to join the team by what Akira Nakamura (SoftBank) declined, but even two hits, Game 5 of pinch hitter participation in total give off hit by starting two games.
We acquire seat of the main battery by Warm-up Game with ALL EURO of March, premiere 12 of November in 2015. 26 at bats of ten hits, five runs batted in, batting average. 385. Cleanup slot is left by three games of 3rd Place Match with semifinals with Korea and Mexico by the quarterfinals with Puerto Rico.
Through Warm-up Game of 2 degrees (March, November) of 2016, we dominate the irreplaceable fourth in the fourth WBC of 17 years. Even Game 2 with Australia makes highlight when we accomplish brilliant departure to give off two run homer for primary round first match with Cuba. migietsu eno two run homer that Tsutsugou determines game in eighth inning when the fifth, Nakata gives off go-ahead solo in seventh inning of tie score. After the game, we showed hug in hero interview with two main batteries and were able to excite spectators of Tokyo Dome very much.
It was daring, and even the second round with Israel gave off initiative solo in both scoreless sixth inning and had American ticket (final advance) in our hand by six clean scores through primary round.
SAMURAI JAPAN only loss was the semifinal with the United States by this WBC, seven games. We do not forget regrets by the game that really matters. Tsutsugou has favorite phrase. If "children are interested in baseball even a little." Tsutsugou never usually talks about most, but we increase a sense of crisis to baseball population decline and have consciousness highly and continue providing result at bat in future.
ENEOS SAMURAI JAPAN series 2018
Overview Ticket Players Broadcast Schedule
Saturday, March 3 19:00 Japan 2-0 Australia
Sunday, March 4 19:00 Australia 0-6 Japan
Saturday, March 3 Nagoya Dome
Sunday, March 4 KYOCERA Dome Osaka
Japan - Australia
Introduction of Samurai Japan top team players
History of fierce battle in Australia