Japan enters Round 2 of the 2013 World Baseball Classic seeking its third straight title. They advanced as the runner-up in Pool A after losing to Cuba 6-3. Chinese Taipei enters the next round off a loss to Korea. However, even with the loss they enter as the winner of Pool B. Chinese Taipei didn’t make it out of the first round in a very disappointing 2009. They both send very successful pitching into the game on Friday night in Tokyo.
Japan will start left-handed pitcher Atsushi Nohmi who was an All-Star in 2012 with the Hanshin Tigers. In 2012, he went 10-10 with a career-low 2.42 ERA, which ranked seventh in the Central League. He tied for the league lead in strikeouts as well with 172 in 182.0 innings.
Nohmi threw one inning in Round 1 against Brazil. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out one.
Chinese Taipei will start their Game 1 starter and winner Chien-Ming Wang. The former MLB pitcher, who pitched for the Washington Nationals in 2012, tossed six scoreless innings allowing just four hits beating Australia 4-1.
In 2012, Wang went 4-6 in 15 games for Washington posting a 4.26 ERA. The former 19-game winner is a free agent this off season and looking to impress scouts enough to earn a contract for the 2013 season.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.