*(Photo supplied by Your Mind's Eye Photographic Services 2011)
PRINCE GEORGE- Japan Toshiba Baseball scored early and often as they pounded Canada 14-3 in round-robin play at the World Baseball Challenge.
The game was called after the top of the 7th inning due to rain.
The loss evens Canada’s record at two wins and two losses with one round-robin game remaining.
Japan Toshiba scored four runs in the 1st inning on the strength of a two-run double from Ryuta Matsunaga and a two-run single by Masato Ohkawara.
After giving up another run in the 2nd inning, Canadian starter Brett Lawson (Mississauga, ON) was chased from the game in the 3rd, an inning that saw Japan Toshiba break the game wide-open with six more runs.
Canada broke the shutout bid in the 5th inning when Greg Wallace (Nanaimo, BC) led-off with a solo homerun.
In the 6th, with Japan Toshiba now in front 14-1, Canada scored a run when Colin Moro’s (Calgary, AB) double scored Rob Recuenco (Vancouver, BC).
Canada went on to score another run in the 7th as Mark Ellis (Maple Ridge, BC) scored on a Recuenco single, before the rain hit to end the game.
Notes: Canada will play their final round-robin game on Thursday (July 14th) when they take on Chinese Taipei at 7pm PT…Follow all of the action from the World Baseball Challenge, including scores, stats and standings by visiting: www.worldbaseball.ca