Japan becomes the World Baseball Classic Champions, yet again.March 24th, 2009 - 7:06 pm ICT by GD
On Monday night the Japanese successfully in defended their 2006 title against their rivals Korea at the Dodger Stadium.
During the whole game 35 year old Ichiro Suzuki the right fielder of the Seattle Mariners hit a two-out and two single run at the top of the tenth, thus helping his team beat South Korea the reigning Baseball Olympic Champions 5-3 to win its second in a row World Baseball Classic Championship in forth of the mammoth crowd of 54,846.
In the inaugural tournament of the WBC three years ago Japan had beaten Cuba with a score line of 10-6 in the finals that was held at the Petco Park in San Diego.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to Japan’s Daisuke Matsuzaka. The MVP award went to him for the second straight time after going 3-0, he had the same record in the inaugural WBC too. Daisuke Matsuzaka, the right hander for the Boston Red-Sox in 14 2-3 innings over three starts had a 2.45 ERA.
This game presented the latest extravaganza of the intense rivalry between the two Asian powerhouses of baseball- the game can be dubbed as the Far East version of the Yankees- Red Sox game.
Two days before the finals, after winning a 4-1 decision, the South Korean players had planted their national flag on the mound. However in the finals Ichiro Suzuki made sure with his game that this did not happen on night of the finals. The record of Suzuki for the two WBC title games is 6- for -10.
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