I forgot that we played a second game on Thursday evening, going against the Japanese World Baseball Classic team. This was an exhibition game, it didn’t count in the spring training standings – was also a split squad game.
It’s pretty hard to write about this, as I can’t seem to locate a box score for it anywhere. If you know of one, please leave a comment below where to find it. This is one I would have liked to have watched on TV. From what I can see, it appears to be a pretty evenly played game through five, when we were up 2-1. However, it broke out from there, as we scored two in the 6th and four in the 7th, to essentially seal the deal.
Some highlights: Ian Kinsler went two for three with an RBI, RA Dickey went three innings giving up just one run, and John Danks threw three innings of scoreless relief for the win. For Japan, their starter Daisuke Matsuzaka went four innings, giving up just one lone run – their pen let them down.
Since this doesn’t count towards the standings, I won’t do my usual update, but there are a few links for you to look at:
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — R.A. Dickey allowed one earned run in three innings to help a split squad of Texas Rangers beat Japan 8-4 Thursday night.
Japan is scheduled to play another exhibition game Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers before moving on to the second round of the World Baseball Classic in Anaheim, Calif., next week.
Dickey, who threw mostly knuckleballs, scattered five hits and struck out three.
Nobuhiko Matsunaka singled in Ichiro Suzuki in the first inning for Japan but Dickey settled down from there and John Danks followed him with three shutout innings to earn the victory. He gave up only one hit while striking out one. Scott Feldman added another scoreless inning before Suzuki drove in Japan’s second run against Erasmo Ramirez in the eighth to make it 8-2.
Rudy Yan had an RBI groundout in the third and Adrian Brown singled in Yan to give Texas the lead in the fifth inning. The Rangers added two more runs in the sixth off reliever Tsuyoshi Wada.