[[tv-]-] Japan vs. South Korea live watch 15 June 2023
From one through nine, there isn’t a break -- from leadoff hitter Lars Nootbaar to the one and only Shohei Ohtani, to even their six-hole hitter Kazuma Okamoto, who has five-straight seasons of 30-plus home runs. In its 13-4 win over Korea, Japan’s offensive dominance couldn’t have been more obvious. Things at least started well for Korea. In a surprising twist, it turned to former Cardinals pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim to start the game after weeks of hinting that he would pitch in relief.
While he had joined Team Japan before even the earliest WBC report date, Friday night was Darvish's first game action of the spring. He pitched three innings and gave up three runs (two earned). "This is my home country and this is where I was born and grew up, " Darvish said. "A lot of Japanese fans are watching. This is such a special opportunity, because I pitched in the States for the past couple years.
Without playing baseball in Japan, there’s no way that I could have this career, so I pitched with gratitude tonight. "This might be my last opportunity to pitch in my home country. ""Baseball is such a difficult game, " Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama said. "Even if you pitch great, you give up hits, you give up runs.