Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Japan beats Canada for baseball bronze
ATHENS, Greece -- Kenji Jojima hit a two-run home run and
Tsuyoshi Wada struck out six batters in five solid innings, leading
Japan to an 11-2 victory over Canada for the bronze medal on
Australia and Cuba played later for the gold.
Jojima put Japan ahead 2-0 in the first, driving a two-out homer
off Mike Johnson, and Takuya Kimura hit a two-run single as Japan
scored four runs in the third. Jojima added an RBI double to make
it 7-0 in the fourth.
He finished with four RBIs as Japan collected 13 hits off six
Wada allowed two runs on four hits and walked two. He gave up a
solo homer by Canada's Jeremy Ware in the fifth. Hiroki Kuroda
pitched three scoreless innings in relief and Masahide Kobayashi
threw a perfect ninth.
Japan, disappointed by a fourth-place finish in Sydney, sent a
roster loaded with professional players to Athens. Jojima and Wada
play for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, and both were top picks by the
team in the Japanese draft.