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Sport Japan beat Aussies in baseball qualifier

17:20  11 november  2019
17:20  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Aussies, who are bidding to qualify for next year's Tokyo Games though the prestigious blue-riband event on the World Baseball Softball Confederation calendar, opened the scoring in the third innings and took a one-run lead into the seventh before succumbing 3-2.

Kensuke Kondo (double), Seiya Suzuki (intentionally walked) and Tetsuto Yamada (walk) all reached with two out to load the bases for the world's top-ranked nation, who continued their fine form at the ZOZO Marine Stadium on Monday.

Australian lefty Jon Kennedy then walked Hideto Asamura to score the go-ahead run.

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But Yasuaki Yamasaki retired Australia in order in the ninth to seal a one-run victory for the host country, who now have a 4-0 record after collecting opening-round wins against Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Australia had banked just one win in their opening-round series of matches, but that had proved enough to progress to the super-round stage as they finished above Canada and Cuba for second spot in Group C.

Now, following this defeat to Japan, they face Mexico (Tuesday), the United States (Wednesday) and Taiwan (Saturday) still hopeful of qualifying.

Effectively, they must finish ahead of South Korea and Taiwan in the table to secure their Olympic qualification.

If that does not happen, Australia will have another shot early next year at the final Games qualifying spot.

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