GLENDALE, ARIZONA – O’Koyea Dickson hit a two-run, walk-off double with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 in an exhibition game on Sunday.
After a Ginjiro Sumitani groundout in the fifth and a Sho Nakata single in the sixth gave Samurai Japan a 2-1 lead at Camelback Ranch, Dickson connected off Yuki Matsui to hand Japan its second warm-up loss following a 6-4 defeat to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Matsui replaced Kazuhisa Makita in the ninth, as the sixth Japan pitcher to take the mound, only to walk Willie Calhoun, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch, and issue his second walk to Omar Estevez to get himself in a two-out, two-on jam.
Following the game, Japan, which qualified for the World Baseball Classic semifinals with a 3-0 record in Pool E, flew to Los Angeles, where Hiroki Kokubo’s team will face the United States in Game 2 of the single-elimination championship round at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
According to MLB.com, Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, who posted a career-high 16 wins last season, will start for Team USA in the final-round opener, while San Francisco Giants right-hander Mark Melancon will be added to the designated pitcher pool.