4:00 PM ET, March 15, 2009
|W:||D. Matsuzaka (2-0)|
|L:||A. Chapman (0-1)|
Dice-K, Japan silence Cuba bats in victory
SAN DIEGO -- Daisuke Matsuzaka is turning the World Baseball Classic into his personal showcase again.
Arangure: No DiceCuba couldn't handle Daisuke Matsuzaka and is struggling to handle a shutout at the World Baseball Classic, writes Jorge Arangure Jr. Story
• Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six scoreless innings and struck out eight batters with zero walks as Japan handed Cuba its first loss of this year's tournament. He's 5-0 all-time in WBC play.
• In Matsuzaka's 61 career MLB starts, he's never had a final line of at least six scoreless innings with zero walks and at least eight strikeouts.
• This was the first time the Cubans have been shut out in 12 games at the World Baseball Classic.
-- ESPN research
|3rd||A Iwamura scored, I Suzuki to third, Y Kataoka to second on wild pitch by N Gonzalez.||1||0|
|3rd||N Aoki singled to right, I Suzuki scored, Y Kataoka to third.||2||0|
|3rd||S Murata hit sacrifice fly to left, Y Kataoka scored.||3||0|
|4th||I Suzuki grounded into fielder's choice to second, K Johjima scored, A Iwamura out at second.||4||0|
|5th||S Uchikawa singled to center, S Murata scored, M Ogasawara to second.||5||0|
|9th||S Murata singled to center, M Kawasaki scored.||6||0|
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|Weather:||58 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Carlos Rey, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Willie Rodriguez|