Baseball: Shuto, Genda lift Japan over Hawks in WBC warm-up
Sosuke Genda hit a tiebreaking single in the top of the ninth inning as Japan’s World Baseball Classic team beat the SoftBank Hawks 4-2 in its second warm-up game Sunday.
With the game tied at 2 in the ninth, Japan speedster Ukyo Shuto reached on a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Hawks catcher Kenta Tanigawara.
Genda then lined a single to right at Sun Marine Stadium in Miyazaki. Seiya Matsubara, a support member of Samurai Japan, added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.
Shuto, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner, also helped Japan tie the game...